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Hospital Care Assistant Pathway Program

Train outplaced and incumbent employees to become efficient hospital care assistants.

Hospital Care Assistant Program Overview

The Hospital Care Assistant program will train learners to assist the nursing staff in performing direct and indirect nursing activities; provide for the general comfort, safety and well-being of the patients; and support the general functions of the patient care team. The program will also address how to prepare patients for treatments or examinations and monitor and collect lab specimens.

Students will learn about basic care and how to help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as cleaning and bathing patients, repositioning and transferring patients between beds and wheelchairs, and monitoring and reporting on patients’ health concerns and status. Training will also cover assisting in patient lift equipment, fall precautions, and patient safety policies.

This program will prepare learners for roles such as Hospital Care Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Nursing Aide, Patient Care Assistant.

The pathway curriculum can be customized to the needs of your organization.*
Average Completion Time

1-3 Months

Time to complete is based on individual learner progression.


  • Patient communication and customer service
  • Patient confidentiality and HIPAA training
  • Medical terminology and body systems and function
  • Use of adaptive equipment to support Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • OSHA and safe patient handling
  • Providing care for a variety of patients and situations, including assisting in emergency situations

Features and Benefits

  • Delivered on the PFx learning platform which provides engaging and interactive learning materials, including cutting-edge simulations, recorded demonstrations, live sessions, and more
  • Engaging digital textbooks and study materials
  • Career pathway programs include wraparound learner support, access to instructors and coaches, ensuring your students successfully progress through training
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accrediting (CHEA).
*Customization options based upon quantity of learners.