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

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Information Sessions

Date Location
August 29, 2019 Room 4.426
September 5, 2019 Room 204
September 12, 2019 Room 204
September 19, 2019 Room 204
September 26, 2019 Room 204
October 3, 2019 Room 4.426
October 10, 2019 Room 4.426
October 17, 2019 Room 204
October 24, 2019 Room 204
October 31, 2019 Room 204
November 7, 2019 Room 204
November 17, 2019 Room 204
November 21, 2019 Room 204
December 5, 2019 (Last Session for Fall Semester) Room 204

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

No Appointment Necessary

Claudia Tovar 
NAH A-131

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration Resources

Name E-mail Phone Location
Rice, Sharon - Program Chair srice 956-872-3109 NAHC 129
Allen, Kari J. kallen1 956-872-2815 NAHC PB2B-A
Gearhart, Maryann mgearhart2 956-872-2817 NAHC PB2B-D
Handy, Maggie mhandy1 956-872-3111 NAHC 125
Hollifield, James T. jhollifield_5015 956-872-2818 NAHC PB2B
Hollifield, Jocelyn A. jhollifi 956-872-3147 NAHC PB2B
Justin, Jimmy jjustin_2567 956-973-1026 Mid-Valley B-201B
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 A-130

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Tovar, Claudia - Faculty Secretary ctovar 956-872-3119 NAHC A-131

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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FAX: 973-678-7305

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