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College Catalog: Health Sciences: Nurse Aide

Program: Nurse Aide
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-157-04
Length: Twenty-six (26) credit hours
Lead Faculty: Kim Lowe

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.

Purpose: The Nurse Aide program is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment as nursing assistants.

Occupational Objective: Nursing Assistant

Admissions Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements of the College, be in good general health and capable of strenuous lifting. Students must submit a separate application to the nursing department for approval prior to beginning nurse aide (HCT) classes. Students must have and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA to be admitted to nurse aide program.  Students must submit copies of all high school or GED scores and college transcripts.

Financial Requirement: In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, this program requires the following estimated expenses:

Uniforms $50
Books $200
Health/Physical Examination $75
AHA BCLS CPR Certification (good for two years) $144.65
Criminal & Sex Offender Background & Drug Screening Check $130

Developmental Studies: To ensure that each student has the proper educational basis to succeed in the nurse aide course, all students must take placement tests in mathematics, written English, and reading. Students must take any developmental courses recommended in the evaluation of the placement test scores. For further information see Development Studies. It is important that these developmental courses are completed as quickly as possible so that the student will be appropriately prepared to pursue this program of study. A review of the catalog requirements at PDCCC for the Nurse Aide Career Studies Certificate would be appropriate to both assist and guide a prospective student.

Nurse Aide (221-157-04)

Required Courses and Credits

Sample Schedule

First Semester
HCT 101 Health Care Technician I 4
HCT 102 Health Care Technician II 4
EMT 109 or HLT 105 CPR for Healthcare Providers 1
SDV 100 or equivalent Student Development 1
PSY 201 or equivalent Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Second Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
CST 100 Speech 3
PSY 230 or equivalent Developmental Psychology 3
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Total Semester Credits 13
Total Program Credits 26