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Personal Care Aide/Home Health Aide/Nurse Assistant Program for Adult Students

The Personal Care Aide/Home Health Aide/Adult Nurse Assistant (PCA/HHA/NA) program for Adult Students is a great starting place for individuals who would like to work as a supportive caregiver in a health care setting or pursue further education in Practical Nursing or other health-related disciplines.

Students learn total patient care in both the classroom and through off-campus, supervised clinical experiences. Students prepare for the state-approved Personal Care Aide and Home Health Aide examinations, as well as the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant examination. Certification qualifies them to work in home, nursing home and assisted living settings.

The program is offered as a full-day or part-time, evening study program.

Preadmission Requirements:

  • Minimum age: 17 (must be 18 for HHA)


Admission Requirements:

  • Successful interview
  • Professional and personal references
  • Physical exam and immunizations


Full-time program:

  • Length: 144 hours*
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed..- Fri.
    • *PCA only: First 56 hours
    • *PCA & HHA only: First 110 hours
    • *PCA, HHA & NA: 144 hours


Part-time EVENING program:

  • Length: 144 hours*
  • Hours: 3 - 7 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    • *PCA only: First 56 hours
    • *PCA & HHA only: First 110 hours
    • *PCA, HHA & NA: 144 hours


Successful program completion qualifies a student to take the PCA, HHA and NA certification exams.


Clinical experience:

  • Albany County Nursing Home
  • Baptist Health Nursing Rehabilitation Center
  • Ellis Hospital
  • Guilderland Nursing Home
  • Ingersoll Place Assisted Living
  • Kingsway Nursing Home
  • Our Lady of Mercy Life Care
  • Teresian House
  • The Dutch Manor Nursing & Rehab


Career Possibilities:

  • Personal Care Aide (PCA)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
  • Rehabilitation aide
  • Nursing home/adult home assistant
  • Hospital nurse assistant
  • Transportation aide
  • Central supply aide


Units of Study:

  • Introduction to nursing assisting
  • Scientific principles
  • Basic human needs and communication
  • Infection and infection control
  • Safety and mobility
  • Measuring and recording vital signs, height and weight
  • Patient care and comfort measures
  • Principles of nutrition and fluid balance
  • Body systems, common disorders and related care procedures
  • Expanded role of the nursing assistant
  • Response to basic emergencies
  • Employment opportunities and career growth


Forms & links for the Adult Nurse Assistant Program:



Mission of the Health Careers Center:

  • The Capital Region Health Careers Center, in collaboration with business and community, provides affordable, flexible, state-of-the-art educational opportunities in a safe, caring environment.
  • The center is dedicated to empowering all students of diverse educational, cultural, and personal backgrounds to enter the workforce and engage in the journey of life-long learning.




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