A PCA test is a certification test for personal care assistants, states the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In Minnesota, an individual must receive training and pass the certification test within one year of the completion of training and before registering with the DHS.
Personal care assistants, or PCAs, provide support and supervision to their clients, which allow them to remain in their homes, explains A Change to Grow. The duties and responsibilities of a PCA include meal preparation and assistance with eating, bathing and toileting in addition to medication, skin care, behavior and ambulatory assistance. PCAs also attend medical appointments with their clients, perform certain household tasks, and supervise and assist with exercise regimens for the preservation of muscle strength and range of motion.