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Personal Care Assistant Development Program


Prepare for a career in fast-growing healthcare field

Enroll today in the University of Central Missouri's Personal Care Assistant Development certificate program and begin a career in the healthcare field. The demand for personal care assistants is growing rapidly as health-care costs rise and our population ages. Personal care assistants are responsible for helping people who are sick, injured, mentally or physically disabled or elderly. They work in the home and assist with daily activities such as bathing, feeding, grooming, cooking and some housework. In addition, personal care assistants help clients with doctor appointments, provide or make arrangements for transportation, prepare and serve meals, ensure medication is taken properly and serve as companions for their clients. Through this program, students earn an industry-recognized certificate and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $3,295
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Contact hours icon    210 hours (including out-of-classroom work)  Prerequesites checklist icon    18 years or older; high school diploma or GED preferred; ability to pass a background check; ability to list 50 pounds; reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance is recommended

Learn skills related to caring for clients as well as valuable skills for employment successFemale-healthcare-professional-with-patient

Through this course, students will learn how to care for individuals with a variety of health- and disability-related needs, emergency care and safety. The demand for personal care assistants is expected to increase by 12,220 over the next five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with median salary around $23,130.  Students successfully completing this course will earn HIPAA Certification and American Heart Association Basic Life Support/CPR Certification.

What you will learn

  • Why personal and self-care are important
  • How to assist people with a variety of health- and disability-related activities
  • Importance of physical activity, nutrition and relaxation
  • How to serve clients with cerebral palsy
  • How to assist clients with diabetes
  • How to assist clients with dementia
  • Safety procedures within the home and community
  • Roles and responsibilities of a home care provider
  • How to prepare for an emergency

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