A personal care assistant (PCA) is a home care aide that helps people, like the elderly or the mentally challenged, with everyday tasks that they're unable to do themselves. As a PCA, you can provide a wide range of services, such as grocery shopping, cleaning, bathing and companionship. You could work in the home of a single patient or visit several patients within a day, and each day could be less-than-routine. Becoming a PCA requires you to have flexibility, a high level of compassion and a strong desire to help people.
The state of California requires a student to fill in a state registration form that is available here. Students will need to provide proof of training or competency and the American Caregiver Training course helps fulfill those requirements. The demand for personal care aides is expected to increase 49% over the next ten years, making personal care aides one of the most in-demand healthcare careers in the United States.
Our graduates earn approximately $12 per hour. In the near future, the minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour making the PCA an ideal career to build on. With the training this course provides our graduates could be on the pathway to becoming a medical assistant, EMT, CNA, LVN, and an RN.
No, the course currently does not provide any credits of any sort.
Employers from In-Home care providers, Assisted Living facilities will have positions open for graduates.