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PCA Online Course
Course Duration Approximately 75 hours
Please note: it is strongly recommended that you read the entire course before taking the exam. However, we understand that many of our students are already familiar with nursing skills and procedures. If you are familiar with the course material you can complete the course quickly and take the exam after registration in which case you may be certified within a few hours.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Nursing Procedures (20 Hours)
Proper Infection Control
Proper Hand Washing Proper
Food Born Illnesses Prevention & Kitchen Safety
Medical Error Prevention and Safety
Lesson 2: Introduction to CPR (4 Hours)
Scene assessment and appropriate response
A-B-C's of Adult/Child/Infant CPR
Mechanics of Artificial Life Support
What is expected during an emergency situations
Lesson 3: Introduction to Measuring Patient's Vitals (20 Hours)
Medical Record Documentation and Legal Aspects
Measuring Blood Pressure
Measuring and Recording Vitals
Lesson 4: Assisting with Client Hygiene (20 Hours)
Hair & Nail Care
Eyes, Ears, and Nose
Partial Bed Bath
Tepid Sponge Bath
Assisting a Client to Take a Tub Bath
Assisting with Bedpan
Lesson 5: Caring for the Client’s Environment
Cleaning a Patient Unit
General Principles of Bed making
Making the Ambulatory Patient's Bed
Making the Patient-Occupied Bed
Lesson 6: Assisting a Disabled Patient (6 Hours)
Body Posture and Body Mechanics
Positioning the Patient
Moving and Lifting Activities
Techniques for Moving Bed Patients
Range of Motion
Arms Carry Lift from Floor to Bed Level
Position Support Devices
Prevention of Pressure Sores
Wheel Chair Transfer
Communication with Cognitively impaired clients
Lesson 7: Terminal Care (5 Hours)
Common Illnesses of the Elderly
End of Life Care
PCA Final Exam