Technical Certificate of Credit

The Patient Care Assisting program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed as assistants in patient care in nursing homes and other health care facilities. This program includes the Nurse Aide Fundamentals class, as approved by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation, as well as courses currently being taught under State Standards in the general areas of psycho-social needs of patients, work ethics, communications, infection control, patient hygiene, nourishment, taking vital signs, and patient care. The program requires 23-credit hours and 450 contact hours. Students should be able to successfully complete the program in one to two semesters. Program completers are qualified to take the state certification test for CNAs.

Conditional Admission:
Students enrolled in this program may be required to successfully pass both criminal background checks and drug screening procedures to participate in clinical experiences with patients in licensed facilities.

Technical Certificate of Credit
Program Length 23 Credit Hours
Education Requirements Minimum Age: 16
Offered High School / Dual Enrollment Only


Credit Hours

ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care 3
ALHS 1060 Diet And Nutrition for AHS 2
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for AHS 2
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
NAST 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals 6
  Total Hours 23