Patient Care Assistant

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.

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

Advising Sessions

Date Location
June 7, 2018 Room 204
June 14, 2018 Room 204
June 21, 2018 Room 204
June 28, 2018 Room 204
July 5, 2018 Room 204
July 12, 2018 Room 204
July 19, 2018 Room 204
July 26, 2018 Room 204

All sessions are held Thursdays 2pm at Ramiro Casso NAH Campus, 1101 E. Vermont Ave. McAllen, TX 78503

No Appointment Necessary

Note: Please Book an Appointment if you are not able to attend the dates listed.

Maria Villanueva
NAH 126

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration Resources

Name E-mail Phone Location
Rice, Sharon - Program Chair srice 956-872-3109 NAHC 129
Handy, Maggie mhandy1 956-872-3111 NAHC 125
Saenz, Felisa fasaenz 956-872-3155 NAHC 127
Sauceda, Corina csauceda_2597 956-872-3173 NAHC 128
Vallejo, Gabriel gvallejo_6063 956-872-3090 NAHC PB2A

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

For staff not listed, please contact the department.

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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