Gwinnett Technical College Announces Patient Care Assistant Certificate Program to be Offered at Alpharetta-North Fulton Campus

ALPHARETTA - NORTH FULTON — The outstanding educational opportunities being offered on Gwinnett Technical College’s new Alpharetta-North Fulton campus continue to expand. Starting spring semester 2017, Gwinnett Tech will offer a Patient Care Assistant Certificate program on the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus for students wanting to launch an exciting career in healthcare.

The demand for Patient Care Assistants (PCAs) in the healthcare industry today is tremendous. PCAs provide direct patient care by taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, and observing and charting patient information. PCAs are needed in almost every healthcare setting – hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, home healthcare and more.

Gwinnett Tech’s Dean of Nursing Sciences, Dr. Indira Tyler, RN, CNE, shares, "There is a shortage of healthcare workers in the marketplace today, particularly PCAs. The need for these positions is great among all healthcare providers. This is an excellent place for people to start to determine if they really want a career in healthcare. PCAs are the foundation of nursing today."


Interested students can apply online now at GwinnettTech.edu/enrollment/. Priority application deadline for Spring semester is Thursday, November 3. For more information about the PCA program, for application deadlines and more general information about Gwinnett Tech visit GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

The length of the PCA program is just one semester, for those that have completed the prerequisites. Students can enter into the program during any semester and can attend full or part time via day, evening or online classes. In addition to classroom instruction, students also participate in onsite clinical training and field labs. Dr. Tyler reinforces, "This certification program offers an efficient course of study that proves very affordable. Students can move through the program quickly and are able to get a job right away."

Healthcare partners from around the region are partnering with Gwinnett Tech to ensure that PCA students get the hands-on experience they need to be well prepared for their jobs from day one. Roswell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was one of the first to enlist to offer clinicals to students on the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus. Namwinga Penza, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing for the Roswell firm says, "We are excited to partner with Gwinnett Technical College and look forward to working with their students. Having the program close by will fulfill a great need for PCAs in this area."

Graduates may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP), which determines competency to become enrolled in the State Nurse Aide Registry. With the CNA credential, students can obtain an entry-level healthcare position as a patient care assistant, nurse aide, nurse assistant, geriatric aide, or hospital attendant. Dr. Tyler remarks, "This program is a great springboard to other health sciences programs like Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, and Nursing. Gwinnett Tech is committed to streamlining our courses of study to expedite training and get our students out into the workplace as quickly as possible." This is well reflected by a 100% state exam pass rate for Gwinnett Tech PCA students in Spring 2016.

Interested students can apply online now at GwinnettTech.edu/enrollment/. Priority application deadline for Spring semester is Thursday, November 3. For more information about the PCA program, for application deadlines and more general information about Gwinnett Tech visit GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

October 25, 2016