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Health Care Assistant

Credentials You Can Earn

The Health Care Assistant certificate of credit programs provide a solid foundation in the fundamental principles for diploma-level Health Science fields at North Georgia Technical College including Practical Nursing, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, and more.  Students who enroll in the Health Care Assistant program will choose a specialization or may select one of two tracks to pursue:Student checking another students blood pressure

  • Patient care assistant – for those students interested in careers in nursing. The courses in this track focus on diet and nutrition, interpersonal relations and professional development, legal and ethical concerns in the medical office, and nurse aid fundamentals.
  • Phlebotomy – for those students interested in becoming a certified phlebotomist and an important member of the clinical laboratory team. The courses in this track focus on all types of blood collecting techniques for patient populations throughout the lifespan, processing and preparing other lab specimens, lab test profiles, aseptic and sterile technique, safety and quality assurance both in the classroom and clinical setting.
    The field of technology is fast-growing, and qualified phlebotomists are in high demand. Phlebotomists can work with mobile clinics, laboratories, nursing homes, and hospitals. These courses prepare students to become highly skilled technicians as well as deliver high-quality compassionate care to patients in various settings.

Students who complete the Health Care Assistant certificate and choose the patient care specialization are eligible to sit for the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 

North Georgia Technical College offers a wide variety of diploma level health care programs including Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technology, Emergency Services, Medical Assisting, and Practical Nursing. Program-specific information is available on each of these under the Academic Programs tab.


Health Care Assistant Certificate

Student in grey lab coat and blue scrubs practicing venipuncture on another student wearing blue scrubsThe Health Care Assistant certificate program provides academic foundations at the diploma level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as technical fundamentals. Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care delivery and are well prepared for employment and subsequent upward mobility.  Classes provide hands-on instruction in vital signs, wound care, venipuncture, and trauma assessment so that the student is prepared to enter specific programs of study in the health care field.

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Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Health Care Assistant program have a foundation for diploma-level programs such as:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Practical Nursing

Students in the Health Care Assistant program receive BLS and First Aid certification.

Students who complete the Health Care Assistant program may sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

Health Care Assistant graduates may find employment in places such as:

  • Home Health Care or Long-term Care Facilities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Medical Laboratories

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Meet the Faculty

Rachel Taylor

CNA Program Director

Health Science Instructor

Farilyn Rearden

Farilyn Rearden

Health Care Science Specialist