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Bridge to Healthcare Careers

This is a four-week introductory course on healthcare careers that teaches the occupational and employability skills required for students to take and successfully pass the Minnesota Individual Personal Care Assistance (PCA) and Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) test. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to practice their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as digital literacy skills. || AUTHOR: Reneé Kostner, Lakeville Area Schools

Bridge to Healthcare Careers: PreCNA/PCA/CFSS

This course will prepare adult students for the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) certification exams and/or a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification course.  In addition, this course will prepare students to become a resident care assistant at a memory care/assisted living facility.  Students will gain the academic skills, medical terminology, and specific content knowledge and skills needed to pass the PCA/CFSS certification exam, to succeed in a CNA certification course, and/or become a resident care assistant. The course supports learning about the career pathway to become a PCA/CFSS worker, CNA, resident care assistant, and similar careers. || AUTHOR: Mary Grady-Elsenheimer, Rosemount-Apple Valley/Eagan ABE

Personal Care Assistant (PCA)

This course will prepare learners to take the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) and Community First Supports and Services (CFSS) Test. Students will become familiar with the types of jobs that Personal Care Assistants get hired for and typical job duties. Students will have the opportunity to earn a CPR/First Aid certification. || AUTHOR: Brigid Tully, Ed.D, Metro South ABE

Personal Care Assistant Prep

Students develop an understanding of the role of a PCA, etiquette and ethics within the PCA field, and a PCA’s role in medication management.  Students demonstrate safe, competent care steps and ability to recognize common medical conditions and behaviors in clients.  They practice communication strategies necessary for the job and identify basic body structure. They also learn to properly fill out forms and medical documentation for a PCA job. || AUTHOR: Mellisa Grosz and Kylie Kunkel, Moorhead Adult Basic Education

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