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Health Care Assistant

The Health Care Assistant Program prepares the individual to assist in providing health care as a member of the health care team under the direction of a healthcare professional. This curriculum references standards based on the State of Mississippi Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook Exam Content Outline. Graduates of the one-semester program will be awarded the Certificate of Health Care Assistant. Students who complete the program may qualify for employment as Homemakers, Nurse Assistants, Long-Term Care Aides, or Home Health Aides in the Mississippi health care industry. This program will continue to create a pathway for students to enter the Health Science field at many different levels.


Program Curriculum

Career Certificate

First Semester
  • Basic Health-Care Assisting HCA 1116
  • Special Care Procedures HCA 1124
  • Body Structure and Function HCA 1214
  • Home Health Aide and Homemaker Services HCA 1312 OR *Phlebotomy HCA 1132
Total 16 Hours

The Health Care Assistant Program is one semester. A Career Certificate may be earned after successfully completing the career technical coursework.

*Students may choose to complete both HCA 1312 (Home Health Aide and Homemaker Services) and HCA 1132 (Phlebotomy) in order to prepare to sit for the NNAP Nurse Aide exam and the NCPT Phlebotomy exam.
Enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours each semester is recommended for eligibility for state aid, institutional scholarships, and the tuition break.