Patient Care Pathways

The fast lane to a position on an acute care team.

If you want to work in support of nurses and other healthcare professionals in a hospital or other acute care setting, adding a Patient Care Pathways Certificate to your training as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) will qualify you for those career opportunities.

Our program is streamlined to enable you to start working as a patient care assistant or nurse aide tech with less than 10 credit hours (in addition to the five credits required for CNA certification). You learn how to provide cardiac life support, explore a variety of acute conditions and related therapies, and gain an appreciation for your legal and ethical responsibilities as a caregiver. You'll also benefit from supervised training experiences in real clinical environments.

Prerequisites for Patient Care Pathways Certificate

  • General knowledge of popular software applications including word processing, database management, and Windows.
  • Certificate students must have a physical examination, verification of immunizations and a negative tuberculosis test. The student must have a specified background check before the acute care clinical experience.

Required Courses

Course Title (CRN) Hours 
 Nurse Aide (AH 122)*
 Nurse Aide Success Skills (AH 126)
 Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals (AH 130) 0.5 
 Nurse Aide II-Acute Care Environment (AH 125)
 Health Professions Medical Terminology (AH 210)

 *Nurse Aide (AH 122) is a prerequisite to Nurse Aide II-Acute Care Environment (AH 125). All other courses may be taken concurrently.