2019-2020 College Catalog

Patient Care Assistant TCC

Program Description (Major Code: PC21)

The Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students with rigorous classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences to perform a full range of patient care duties or services under nursing or medical direction. This includes taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, observing and charting patient information, and reporting appropriate information to supervisors. Students who successfully complete the Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), which determines competency to become enrolled in the State Nurse Aide Registry. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Official high school or GED transcript is not required.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the Office of Enrollment Services

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 (C) grade point average in all essential courses as required to graduate.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

*Students enrolled in the Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit may be required to successfully pass both criminal background checks and drug screening procedures to participate in clinical experiences with patients in licensed facilities. The clinical facilities reserve the right to prohibit clinical experience based on negative background checks.

Course Outline


General Education Courses (2 Credits)

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relat & Prof Dev


Occupational Courses (21 Credits)

COMP 1000Intro to Computers


ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology


ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


ALHS 1060Diet & Nutrition


ALHS 1090MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences


NAST 1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals


Total Credit Hours: 23

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: (2 Credits)

Estimated Program Cost: $4,279