Programs in many vocational schools and community colleges such as nurse technician and patient care technician include training for a career as a patient care assistant. Prior to admission, however, some programs may require an individual to have certification as a nursing assistant or home health aide. Other programs on the other hand, may only require a high school diploma or a GED equivalent, according to Study.com.
Patient care assistants work either in a home environment or a health care facility basically providing direct physical assistance and care to patients. They work usually under the supervision of a registered nurse in assisting patients who are weak or have impaired mobility in their daily activities, according to Study.com.
Nursing technician or patient care technician programs will typically include training that will prepare graduates to work in homes, hospitals and nursing homes. It will likewise include lab work and studies that will familiarize the graduates with pre- and post-operative care, physiology, anatomy and nutrition.
Classroom instructions may also include topics such as career standards, state requirements, legal issues, safety special care, science and clinical evaluation. Programs that have instruction on medical terminology, pharmacology and lab procedures will also be helpful for the graduates. The median salary of patient care assistants is $20,000 as of 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.