Patient Care Assistant

PCA assisting patient with exercises

Multi-skilled nursing assistants and orderlies perform basic patient care


Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Program Content:

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants (SOC 31- 1014 Nursing Assistants). All others, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides, and Orderlies, or Home Health Aides. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long term care settings.

The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Course’s Schedule:

D.A. Dorsey Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Program Structure:

The entire program is 290 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker 90 Hours
OCP BNurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)75 Hours
OCP CAdvanced Home Health Aide50 Hours
OCP DPatient Care Assistant75 Hours
Total Hours: 290

Career Opportunites:

  • Patient Care Assistant

  • Home Health Aide

  • Nursing Assistant


The average wage for this career in Florida is $12.90 hourly or $26,840 annually.

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

D.A. Dorsey Technical College
(305) 693-2490
Jackie Benjamin
Don Hylor Jr.
Ext. 2171
Ext. 2172


Healthcare Occupations