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Health Care Assistant

Division of Nursing

Kristy Ethridge
Program Coordinator

kethridg@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8734

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The Health Care Assistant Program (HCA) is a one-semester, 16-hour college credit program. This state-approved program combines classroom, lab, and clinical training experiences. HCA students receive instruction in basic health care skills, body structure and function, special care procedures, first aid emergency procedures and Home Health Aid and Homemaker Services.

Students who successfully complete the prescribed program of study are eligible to apply to write the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination administered by Pearson VUE in order to become certified in the State of Mississippi to practice as a Nurse Assistant. Employment opportunities include not only a career as a Health Care Assistant but also Long-Term Care Aide, Homemaker, and Home Health Aide. This program is especially helpful to those students continuing their education by obtaining basic knowledge and work skills. This program is offered both fall and spring semesters.

Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.

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