quinebaug valley community college

Personal Care Attendant

Personal Care Attendant (PCAs),  Personal care attendants may also be known as personal care aides or personal care assistants (PCA). These professionals help people living with physical or mental disabilities perform day-to-day activities and lead normal lives.

Program Description

This course will provide students with the training necessary to gain employment as a PCA.  Students will learn the important fundamental role they have in helping aging and disabled individuals perform routine living activities. Key topics will include providing care at residential facilities, hospitals, or in patients’ homes. Common tasks typically include routine cleaning, cooking, housekeeping chores, and personal hygiene assistance.

Time Commitment
36 hours in a traditional program.

Admission Requirements

  • Provide a high school diploma or GED at the time of registration

Payment Information
• Cost: $475
• Eligible for payment plan and tuition assistance
• May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds

Completion of program does not guarantee employment.

Refund Policy
A 100% refund will be granted up until five (5) business days before the start of your class as long as the request is made during normal business hours.

Employment Outlook

PCA’s likely work under the supervision of a licensed nurse, social worker, or some sort of non-medical manager, and will be expected to keep detailed client records and report any significant changes in your clients’ conditions to your supervisor. Although personal care attendants can’t provide medical services, you may be asked to perform some basic healthcare-related procedures, such as monitoring and recording vital signs, following the direction of your supervisor.