“We have students perform more than 135 clinic hours, so they have a solid foundation,” said Tyler.
For student and Lawrenceville resident Kristina Hansard, 22, working with real patients in a hospital was a highlight of the program.
“I got to apply what we learned in class to live people,” she said. “It was a little nerve wracking at first, but after a few days, I felt comfortable and got more confident in my skills and abilities. For me, working with patients is what I want to do, and this program is helping me do it. In fact, I was in a nursing program, and it didn’t work out, but I wanted to get back into something in health care this was the best way. And now I’m thinking about continuing onto nursing school.”
In January, the program will also be offered for the first time on the school’s North Fulton campus in Alpharetta that has been open for one year. Tyler hopes to have a full roster of 20 students when classes start.
“Our hope is to maintain enrollment here and put even more patient assistants into the community,” she said. “The need and demand are there. We hope to meet that demand and provide the health care industry with assistants who are committed and capable.”
Information about the Patient Care Assistant program at Gwinnett Technical College: gwinnetttech.edu.