Health Care Assistant

Find Your Wings

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.

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.

  • Attain a 15 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score a 210 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and Arithmetic Section.

 

Prior to clinical experiences, students must receive CPR certification.  Students must provide proof of immunization for MMR, Varicella and HBV or sign a declination.   A Two-Step TB Skin Test and a Drug Screening Test will be scheduled after enrollment.

 All students admitted into the program will be required to have fingerprinting done for a background check, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical.  This fee will be attached as registration fee.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the Program.  For additional information, contact the Health Education Advisor.

Mississippi Law now requires health care professionals or Workforce Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed health care entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background checks of the student disclose a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study, nor will he/she be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity. In addition, clinical affiliates have identified “other exclusions” or other criminal offenses that will preclude a student from participating in the clinical practicum.  The student’s eligibility to participate in the clinical training phase of his/her health care program shall be voided if the student receives a disqualifying criminal record check; therefore, the student will be dismissed from the program.

If a student currently enrolled in the Nursing Program is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, gregarious behavior, violation of patient safety, non-compliance with the College’s “Student Behavior Code,” etc.), then the student will be dismissed from the program of study.  The student is not eligible for program readmission unless the clinical restriction is removed.

FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
HCA 1115 Basic Health-Care Assisting 5
HCA 1214 Body Structure and Function 4
HCA 1125 Special Care Procedures 5
HCA 1312 Home Health Aide and Homemaker Services 2
  Semester Hours 16

 

MCC’s Health Care Assistant program is a Mississippi State Approved Nurse Aide training Program that meets the education requirements for Nurse Aide certification in MS, and qualifies graduates to take the NNAAP exam, a national examination for certification. The Health Care Assistant program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Long-Term Care Aide
  • Homemaker
  • Home Health Aide
  • Basic Health Care Assisting
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Special Care Procedures
  • Home Health Aide and Homemaker Services
  • $26,660 Salary Range upon completion
  • $31,540 Salary Range after five-years

 

For more informationFor more information:
Kristy Ethridge, coordinator
kethridg@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8734

For more informationFor more information:
Anna Hall, advisor
ahall4@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8629