Personal Care Worker


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Not Financial Aid Eligible

Becoming a Personal Care Worker is a great way to get started in the healthcare field. This 30-hour, one-credit certificate course will prepare you for entry-level employment in healthcare settings, such as independent living centers, assisted living centers, group homes, correctional facilities, and home health agencies, as well as to prepare you to provide care to a family member or friend. Instruction combines lecture with laboratory practice of learned skills, including personal care of client, maintaining a safe environment, and understanding legal and ethical considerations regarding healthcare.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Personal Care Worker

This program will cost about $200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact Enrollment Services or call 608-785-9553 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Personal Care Attendant/Caregiver
Home Care Aide
Direct Care Worker

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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