Health Care Assistant

Program Overview

The Health Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the diploma level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as technical fundamentals.  Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care delivery and are well prepared for employment and subsequent upward mobility.

Students are accepted into the Health Care Assistant certificate program every semester.  A student can complete this program in 3 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 30 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Health Care Assistant certificate program must have good work ethics, be people oriented and possess great organizational skills.  Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Jefferson County Center
  • Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center

Salary Potential

$15,080.00 – $23,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $3,993.00
Books & Supplies: See program advisor

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the approved programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Additional Fees

Malpractice Insurance:  $11.00
Drug Screen:  $42.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
Nurse Aide Certification Test:  $112.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Students in the Health Care Assistant TCC will complete NAST 1100 – Nurse Aide Fundamentals which prepares them to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination.  Students must pass the national examination to be certified as Certified Nursing Assistants.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PSYC1010Basic Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ALHS1011Structure and Function of the Human Body5 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1040Introduction to Health Care3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • ALHS1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • NAST1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals6 credit hours135 contact hours