Health Care Assistant



Kristy Ethridge
Program Coordinator

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. For more information on this program read the gainful employment disclosure.

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.

Credit Hours

This course is offered each Fall and Spring semester.  Upon successful completion the student will receive 16 college credit hours.

Class and Clinical Hours
Monday Lab /Clinical7:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Tuesday Lab/Clinical:7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Wednesday Lab/Clinical:7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Thursday Class/Lab:7:30 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Friday Class/Lab:7:30 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Begins the 5th week of the semester
Tuesday and Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Clinical Sites
Clinical areas used include long-term care facilities and hospitals in the Meridian area.  The student will be responsible for transportation to and from the clinical sites.

Upon completion of the program the student will receive a certification of completion from MCC.  Completion of this state approved training program makes the student eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examinations.  This NNAAP Examination consist of both a Written Examination and a Skills Evaluation.  The purpose of the NNAAP Examination is to make sure that you understand and can safely perform the job of an entry level nurse aide.  You must pass both parts in order to be certified and listed on the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry.  This certification makes you eligible to work in any long term care facility, hospital, hospice or home health agency in the state of Mississippi.  You will also be eligible to apply for reciprocity to work in another state.