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Direct Patient Care

The Direct Patient Care course prepares individuals for an entry-level position in the health care field. The program prepares individuals to work closely with patients under the supervision of a registered nurse. The direct patient caregiver provides vital information on patient conditions to nurses and is vital to daily operations of a nursing care or hospital facility. This course meets all West Virginia state code requirements for the certified nursing assistant registry. The class includes: understanding body structure, function and mechanics; hygiene and infection control; use of assistive devices; safety and comfort; and work ethics of a professional member of the nursing and healthcare team. Students become familiar with direct patient care including bathing, grooming, feeding and transferring patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, checking patient vital signs, and providing social and emotional support.

Training includes: 65 hours of classroom instruction, 55 hours of clinical instruction, student uniform, immunizations, background checks, supplies, and one-time certification exam  

Requirements: Attendance is required at all sessions.  Individuals with felonies or any abuse convictions will not be allowed to enroll in this program. Background checks and drug tests will be conducted. High school diploma or GED required for financial aid. 


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Are you unemployed?  Contact Workforce Investment Board Region 3 to see if you are elligible for training benefits, or visit for additional information.

Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant Program funds may be available for students who demonstrate financial need to continue their education on a part-time basis at the post-secondary level.  Contact Cynthia Woodworth (304.205.6690); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for information on eligibility requirements and applications for HEAPS grants.

Phone: (304) 205.6603
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2001 Union Carbide Drive
S. Charleston, WV 25303

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, gender, age,color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin. For more information: Michelle Bissell, Title IX Coordinator (304) 205-6600.