Patient Care Assistant (PCAC) - Description
Health and Public Safety
Patient Care Assistant Certificate (PCAC)
The Patient Care Assistant is an unlicensed assistant (with Nurse Aide certification) who supports the professional nurse in providing basic patient care in an acute care setting such as a hospital general medical or surgical unit. The certificate program includes topics such as the role of the Patient Care Assistant, medical terminology, basic concepts of anatomy and physiology, basic concepts of nutrition and diet therapy, and care skills for hospitalized patients, as well as pre- and post-operative patient care.