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Patient Care Specialist

What is a Patient Care Specialist?

A Patient Care Specialist is more than your everyday Certified Nurse’s Aide. As an integral part of the nursing team, graduates provide compassionate direct patient care to clients in a variety of acute and subacute settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Convalescent and Nursing Homes
  • Private Duty Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Home Health
  • Adult Day Care Centers

What are the responsibilities of a Patient Care Specialist?

  • Ensure comfort, care, and quality of life for the patient
  • Be a resource of information and support for family members
  • Work with practitioners to prepare patients and the space for physical therapy exercises
  • Provide for the patient’s dietary and dental care
  • Assist patients with orthopedic and neurological impairments in recreational therapeutic activities
  • Observe patients' daily mental and physical health
  • Demonstrate efficient organizational and time-management abilities

Graduate Employment Options

Certified Nurse's Aides
Patient Care Technicians
Home Health Aides
Personal Care Assistants
Recreational Therapy Aides
Physical Therapy Aides

Day Schedule

8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Monday through Friday

Evening Schedule

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday

Program Overview

Patient Care Specialists are in high demand across the healthcare industry, especially as the population of the country ages and becomes more health conscious. While the course of study will include Nurse's Aide classes that will provide students with the opportunity to gain their CNA certification, there are additional skills that will develop the student into a Patient Care Associate. These skills include training in phlebotomy, EKG, CPR, First Aid and the utilization of their hands-on skills in a home care setting. In addition to their hands-on training, students will gain non-clinical knowledge that will attribute to a more conscientious level of care from our graduates in the field. This includes dealing with people of different cultures and patients with specific diseases including dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer and HIV/AIDS. Students will also receive training in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. Student’s training includes a clinical experience that allows them to the demonstrate skills acquired in class, in an active medical practice. Graduates earn a Home Health Aide Certificate and are eligible to sit for the State of Connecticut CNA certification exam. These credentials, along with the advanced PCS training, set our students apart from other applicants when entering the workforce.

Graduate Employment Options

8.4% Average Job Growth from 2014-2024*
327 Annual Openings for LPN’s*
$56,436 – Average Annual Salary for LPN’s in CT*

Why become a Patient Care Specialist at Stone Academy?

Flexible Schedules – Day or evening classes available
Financial Aid Available* – Most Students Pay Less Than $150
Job Placement Assistance for All Graduates – Over 400 Graduates Placed since 2010
No Out of Pocket Expense for Credential Exam – Includes the Connecticut Certified Nurse Aid Exam administered by Prometric
Be More Than a CNA – Graduates Earn a Home Health Aide Certificate from Stone Academy as well as an introduction to electrocardiogram (EKG / ECG) and phlebotomy
     *For Those Who Qualify

"Stone Academy benefited me with..."

Stone Academy benefited me with small classes and extra help! But most importantly the teachers and staff are inspirational, passionate about their work and motivated to have students learn and succeed!

- Elaine M.

"It is an honor to be a graduate..."

It is an honor to be a graduate of Stone Academy. The faculty and staff were always supportive of my journey and helped me reach my goal of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

-Tiha F.

"I cannot thank you Stone Academy enough..."

I cannot thank you Stone Academy enough for the tremendous work that they have done in preparing me to be a nurse and acquiring a position as an LPN. I will forever be indebted to Stone Academy for the training and the continued support that everyone has given me.

- Claudette L.

"As a graduate of the PCS program..."

As a graduate of the PCS program, Stone Academy has trained me all that I needed to know about patient care. I am now a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, and I am filled with gratitude for all of the attention that Stone Academy has given me during my time as a student and graduate.

-Jahnay D.

"My time at Stone has been challenging but rewarding.

My time at Stone has been challenging but rewarding. There was always someone to encourage you and help you to stay on the path to success. Stone has helped me to achieve my goal as an LPN to be better able to make a more meaningful contribution to those I serve. Thank you to teachers and staff at Stone Academy I would not be here without you. God bless you all.

-Audry M., PN Graduate

"My time at Stone Academy was a great experience."

My time at Stone Academy was a great experience. All the teachers were very helpful and taught me a lot about the medical field. I am very glad that I chose Stone Academy.

-Anisa, MA Graduate

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