Personal Care Assistant: Health and Practice



Grade level 11-12. PCA Lift


The Personal Care Assistants (PCA) class is designed as an introductory course for students interested in direct patient care careers such as nursing. PCA, also referred to as home health aides, assist the elderly and individuals with disabilities to live at home safely. This is one of the fastest growing occupations both locally and nationally. At the completion of this course, students will be qualified to work in a variety of entry-level health-related jobs in a variety of settings such as a person’s private home, assisted living home, or hospital.  Upon successful completion of the PCA class, students will receive a State of Alaska PCA Certificate. Students will demonstrate proficiency in basic health care skills such as vital signs and infection control, and personal care skills such as bathing, dressing, toileting and grooming assistance. Students will explore topics such as disease processes, communication, dementia care, and disability awareness. 


Credits and Certifications

.5 Health

1.0 Elective

State of Alaska PCA Certificate

CPR & First Aid - AHA Heartsaver

State of Alaska Core Competencies for Direct Service Providers


Adrienne Voss - Instructor

Ms. Voss is certified in Medic First Aid, is a CPR Instructor and holds a State of Alaska Type C- School Nurse certificate. She has hospital nursing experience in internal medicine, surgical, long-term care and emergency room. She has community nursing experience at Romig Middle School. Social services experience includes AWAIC Shelter, Alzheimer’s Resource Agency and as a lifeguard. She loves to spend time hiking, cross-country skiing and camping.