welcome to the personal care aide (pca) program at e.d.p. school in brooklyn, new york.

this course has been carefully designed to teach our students the skills, knowledge and guidelines for becoming a personal care aide. topics covered with the pca curriculum include the role of the personal care aide, the use of assistive devices, employee-employer relationship, safety, infection control, communication, adl’s, privacy, dignity and autonomy.

program length: 42 credit hours | offered: year-round | pre-requisite: high school diploma | upon completion student receives: certificate qualifying from home health care registry (doh)

this course is approved by the new york state education department and accredited by the middle states association.

a personal care aides’ primary duties are to help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment by assisting in their daily living activities. they often help older adults in need of assistance. personal care aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner. the personal care aide (pca) academic program at e.d.p. school is a complete six-week program that aims to prepare women and men for careers as home care aides. upon completion, our students will go on to provide compassionate home health care to patients in need.
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personal care aide: course outline

  • program designator: hh.101
  • total hours needed for completion: 42 credit hours
  • length of study: approximately 3-4 weeks
  • upon completion, student receives: certificate qualifying from home health care registry (doh)
  • program is offered: year-round, with classes starting every month

this course teaches the skills, knowledge and guidelines for becoming a personal care aide. students enrolled in e.d.p.’s personal care aide program will learn how to provide care for individuals with disabilities, injuries, or elder-care needs in the privacy of their homes. 

topics covered include the role of the personal care aide, the use of assistive devices, employee-employer relationship, safety, infection control, communication, adl’s, privacy, dignity and autonomy. the practical aspects of the program teach students how to work with safety related equipment such as hydraulic lifts and wheelchairs along with natural transfer devices and good boy mechanics.

students enrolled in the personal care aide program at e.d.p. school will learn to:

  • comprehensively understand body systems

  • understand the role of the pca in reporting and recording deviations in patient’s health state

  • administer good hygienic care

  • provide good nutrition as well as special diet

  • prepare meals

  • focus on specialized aide, like special mouth care, etc.

  • general housekeeping

  • purchase goods and supplies

Benefits of Enrollment & Job Prospects

home healthcare aides and personal care aides help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairment by assisting in their daily living activities. they often help older adults who need assistance. in some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

the bureau of labor statistics shows that the number of jobs for home health aides is expected to increase by 48 percent in the next ten years. because the baby boomer generation is aging, it is likely that over 400,000 new home health aide jobs will open up between now and 2022. one other positive benefit: due to the nature of the job, your employment cannot be outsourced.

important notice regarding applications

at this time, all enrollment applications will be emailed to prospective students by requesting one from our office of admissions. please call (718) 332-6469 if you are interested in receiving an application for enrollment. paper applications can also be sent upon request.

if you have additional questions or require further assistance, please call the school at (718) 332-6469.