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Program Offers Patient Care Assistant Training and Employment

Entry-level LA County job seekers aiming to work in health care have an excellent opportunity through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network’s Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Training Program. Begun in 2009 in partnership with MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, this program has since helped one of Southern California’s largest hospitals fill its workforce needs through creating hundreds of full-time PCA positions.

Selected candidates, who are required to hold either a high school diploma or GED, complete seven weeks of training to learn the clinical skills needed to support patients with daily living activities in an acute hospital environment. Program graduates earn a certification in basic life support (BLS) and other skills and may receive full-time employment offers as PCAs at MemorialCare Long Beach.

As one of Long Beach’s top employers, MemorialCare offers competitive wages and excellent benefits, including tuition assistance to pursue additional health care education. Many PCAs go on to work as nurses and in other health care specialties because of their PCA training and experience. 

To learn more and apply, download the flyer or visit the program website: https://www.pacific-gateway.org/pca.