Patient Care Assistant

Program Info:

  • Delivery: Daytime, afternoon, evening and web enhanced/hybrid Classes
  • Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time
  • Location: Nursing and Allied Health and Starr County Campuses

Major Description

Students are trained to provide basic nursing care of adults, children, infants and the elderly. After successful completion of the Texas Department of Aging Nurse Aide Competency Examination, students will focus on acute care and specialized patient care. Entry-level skills in phlebotomy, EKG, and monitor technician are included.


Patient Care Assistant (CT1-PCA)

Cost of Program

Tuition & fees: $2,704.00
Books & supplies: $600.00
On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 1 semester


Jobs related to this program:
. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants O*NET


Median debt from federal loans: $0
Median debt from private educational loans: $0
Median debt from institution financing plan: $0

Job Placement

% Job Placement of Graduates 98%

Work Environment

Long term care centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and home health agencies

Potential Job Titles

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • EKG Technician
  • Monitor Technician
  • Nurse Aide

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $10.50/hour
  • Top Earners: $15.00/hour

Keep CNA Current in Texas

Keep your "registry listing" with Nurse Aide Certificate (CNA) in Texas current! If you allow your CNA to expire you will lose your PTCA certification!

Texas Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook:

Additional information about CNA requirements in other states

PTCAs require yearly continuing education and renewal.

Patient Care Technician/ Patient Care Assistant Certification Phlebotomy Certification
EKG Technician Certification
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