School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Contact Information:
School of Nursing & Continuing Education
1360 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48238-2850
Focus: HOPE Location
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Office: (313) 494-4653
Fax: (313) 494-5511

Patient Care Associate (PCA)

Patient Care Associate Overview
The Patient Care Associate (PCA) program provides students with the entry- level knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the healthcare field as Patient Care Associates in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities. Patient Care Associates are integral members of the healthcare team and assist doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with routine patient care needs. As a vital member of the healthcare team, they provide direct patient care such as, but not limited to taking and recording patient vital signs, obtaining laboratory specimens, and assisting with patient hygiene and daily living activities.

In addition, Patient Care Associates are trained in electrocardiogram and phlebotomy (blood work) assistance. Excellent preparation for entry into any nursing program, with salary ranges for PCAs around $12.00-$16.00 per hour. Students must complete 136 hours to successfully complete this program.

Please contact Oakland University School of Nursing Continuing Education for questions or current schedule at 313-494-4653 or email

For registration and payment: Please visit Oakland University Professional and Continuing Education.

Course Description
This course will introduce the theoretical applications and techniques related to the role of the Patient Care Associate. It involves multi-skilled direct and in-direct patient care responsibilities including but not limited to diagnostic procedures such as 12- Lead electrocardiography, phlebotomy, and specimen collections. Emphasis will be placed on safety, documentation, standard precautions, legal and ethical considerations, and OSHA standards. There will also be a review of Patient Care Associate competencies. Application of course content and laboratory training will be reinforced in the supervised clinical setting.

Program Duration :  6 Weeks
Class Schedule: Monday through Friday
Class Times: TBA - Accepting applications

Admission Requirements
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certification
  • PCA application
  • Criminal background check
  • Health Screening, including TB skin test
  • Flu vaccination (during applicable semester)
  • Urine drug screen

PCA Training Tuition Cost

Total instructional hours: 136

Total continuing education credits: 13.6

Training program includes:
  • CPR training, textbooks, stethoscope and uniforms
  • Daily care including bathing, feeding, and dressing
  • Care of the patient with acute/chronic illnesses
  • Application of hot and cold treatments
  • Safety with patient transfer and ambulation
  • Range of motion exercises

Upon completion of the Patient Care Associate program, students will receive an Oakland University School of Nursing Certificate of Completion.
How to Apply
The School of Nursing Continuing Education will begin enrolling students for this program on  October 30, 2017. Classes will be held at our Focus: HOPE facility in Detroit, MI.

Patient Care Associate Application

Please submit all applications by mail or in person to:
Oakland University School of Nursing
Continuing Education Program
1360 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48238