Training Time: 10am - 4pm
Class Dates: June 15, 2015
Location: MiraCosta College, Technology Career Institute
Personal Care Assistants (PCAs), also known as caregivers, give assistance to primarily elderly clients who are ill, injured, mentally or physically disabled, or those who need extra non-medical assistance to be able to stay in their home. They work in the home, or in assisted/independent living facilities. PCAs often help their clients with activities of daily living: ambulating, feeding, bathing, grooming, toileting, as well as shopping, and light housekeeping. In addition, PCAs may provide or arrange transportation, prepare and serve meals, and provide companionship for their clients. This course will provide quality instruction to ensure the student knows their basic caregiving skills, required responsibilities, expectations and professional/legal boundaries. The student will be introduced to other potential careers in the health care field. Currently, California does not have any state requirements for this position. Students successfully meeting the requirements of this course will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment. For more information, come to our FREE information session!
Coursework covers topics in emergency care, medical terminology, and issues in personal care ethics. Aspiring PCAs learn to assist clients with getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, eating, house cleaning, and preparing meals. The curricula consist of sensitivity training, personal care equipment operations (such as stair lifters and wheel chairs), and fundamental coursework in anatomy and physiology. Other topics of discussion might include:
" Medical terminology
" First aid
" Infection control
Admittance usually requires a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Other requirements include an up-to-date immunization record
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), personal and home care assistants held over 1.8 million jobs in the U.S. in 2010. The BLS also reported that the number of jobs in this profession was expected to grow by 70% between 2010 and 2020. Faster-than-average employment growth may be attributed to rising healthcare costs and the aging Baby Boomer generation. The median annual salary of personal care aides in May 2012 was $19,910, per BLS data.