Learning Outcomes

What certification will I receive after completing the program?
The Patient Care Aide program provides National Caregiver Training and certification with priority interview opportunities for completers with San Diego County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
What will I learn in this program?
  • Identify the role of a caregiver 
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills 
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills 
  • Identify methods of infection control within a home environment
  • Demonstrate correct procedures for providing basic care 
  • Identify measures required to maintain a safe home environment
  • Examine options for responding to challenging situations 
  • Identify effective job search methods

  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify specific on the job responsibilities of a caregiver. 
  • Demonstrate functional interpersonal and communication skills for a job as caregiver.
  • Identify strategies for upholding clients' rights. 
  • Utilize and follow proper body mechanics. 
  • Perform and follow basic care procedures satisfactorily. 
  • Use tools effectively to measure fluid and weights. 
  • Take and read temperatures. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of adaptive equipment available in the home.
  • Provide restorative care. 
  • Provide good nutrition. 
  • Manage tasks in a home environment. 
  • Demonstrate use of safety and emergency procedures. 
  • Manage information. 
  • Identify skills needed to respond to clients with dementia. 
  • List stages of grieving and sensitivity to responses related to death and dying.
  • Prepare for and apply for jobs as a caregiver with potential home care agencies.


What are the requirements to take this course?
  • Be 18 or older
  • Proof of required immunizations (list will be provided at registration)
Please check the program guide to for the most current list of requirements.


When is the program offered?
This is a 1-semester course (4 months) that is offered twice a year starting in August and January.  The course is Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm.  English literacy practice will be embedded throughout the course.
Please check the program guide to for the most current schedule.


How much does the program cost?
 There is no registration fee for this course.  
Are there any additional costs associated with the program?
Yes, each student will need to purchase scrubs in a specific color.
Is financial aid or tuition assistance available?
Tuition assistance is not available for this course.
Prices subject to change.  Please check the program guide to for the most current cost.

Job Outlook

What is the job outlook?
According to the California Economic Development Department, employment opportunities for Patient Care Aides, also called Personal Care Aides, are predicted to increase by 39.9% or 248,000 jobs between 2016 and 2026. Explore the links below for more information about the labor market for patient care aides.


Wilfredo Abelgas, R.N.
Willie Abelgas has been an instructor for the HOC Patient Care Aide program since 2019.  He is currently working on his Designated Subjects Teaching Credential to teach Career Technical Education courses in California.  Willie recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he has been an RN and a nurse educator for the duration of his healthcare career.
Peggie Daley, ESL
Peggie Daley instructs the English literacy component of the course and is new to the Patient Care Aide IET program as of Fall 2020.  She also teaches in the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program.


Where is training for the program completed?
The Patient Care Aide course is currently a hybrid course with part of the instruction online and the other on campus in our nursing skills lab located at the Health Occupations Center in Santee, CA.
Students practicing on lifting a patient onto a bed  

Next Steps

I'm interested!  What are my next steps?
The Patient Care Aide program accepts students twice a year.  Check the Program Guide for the next class start date.  If you would like to pursue a career as a Patient Care Aide click the Register Now button.  Registration for this course will open at least a month before the first scheduled class date.