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Patient Care Assistant

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In Delaware, career pathways begin in the public education system (K-12) through Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways offered in charter, comprehensive, and technical school districts. These pathways continue through adult education, occupational training programs, and postsecondary programs that are administered by partnering state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other service providers.

Patient Care Assistant

This multi-skilled Patient Care Assistant Pathway Program will provide students with marketable job skills following completion in areas such as acute care hospitals, sub-acute care facilities, long-term care, outpatient laboratories, cardiac rehabilitation centers, and various other medical providers. The benefits of obtaining Patient Care Assistant Certification include more job opportunities, increased pay scale, and increased access to the program resources in the Allied Health Degree Programs. Students will have the opportunity to meet with degree program specific advisors at several points of their training to ensure a smooth transition from the Patient Care Assistant Pathway Program to one of the Allied Health degree programs upon successful completion of program entry requirements.

Sequence of Courses:

Certified Nurse Assisting Training (HLH130)
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (EYK601
Patient Care Technician
(includes BIO110 and MEA 150)

Early College Credit/Credentials:

American Heart Association
CPR / First Aid
Up to 12 college credits
at Delaware Technical
Community College

Work-Based Learning:

Job Shadowing
Mock Interviews
Resume Workshops

Bachelor’s Degree

Average Salary:

Common Positions:
Nurse Practitioners

Associates Degree

Average Salary:

Common Positions:
Registered Nurses


Average Salary:

Common Positions:
Certified Nurse Assistants Patient Care Assistants

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Wage Differential

Bilingual employees are compensated with a language differential of 5-20% more per hour than the base rate of a monolingual employee


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Student pathway Testimonials

Beatriz Ramirez , Student at William Penn

“Now I know what I want to do with my life, thanks to the focus on careers at William Penn. At first, I picked culinary arts because I didn’t know what else to do. But I fell in love with it!”