Virginia Healthcare Institute now offers:
Medication Aide (32 hour)
CPR/First Aid Classes (American Health and Safety Institute and American Heart Association)
What is a Personal Care Assistant (PCA)?
Per the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) of Virginia, a “Personal Care Assistant” is one who provides personal care services.
Who regulates Personal Care Assistants (PCA)?
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) regulates the activities of PCAs.
How does the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) program work?
An applicant can register for the Personal Care Assistant program via www.vahealthcareinstitute.org. The applicant completes the registration process as outlined on the website. After the background check is completed, the applicant will be informed of their status, and will be directed to continue the registration process by choosing a payment option and completing a checklist before beginning class.
What is the length of the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) program?
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) requires each Personal Care Assistant to complete 40 hours of instruction. The applicant can receive their certification upon successful completion of the Personal Care Assistant program in as little as two weekends, or as much as two weeks.
How can I pay for the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) course?
You may pay using PayPal, credit/debit card or mailing a money order payable to the Virginia Healthcare Institute (VHI).
Mail payments to:
501 E Franklin St Suite 610
Richmond, VA 23219
Does the Virginia Healthcare Institute offer a payment plan?
Yes, the Virginia Healthcare Institute (VHI) offers two payment options. There is a $100, non-refundable fee which includes your background check and administrative fees . The additional balance can be paid in full.
If I have been convicted of a crime can I sign up for class?
You may still take the class. However, applicant background must be free of barrier crime.
Check the link below to view which barrier crimes exclude students from class eligibility:
Convicted of crime eligibility
What if my background check is rejected?
Students will be issued a full refund minus the $15 cost for background check submission.
Will I be able to receive a refund for the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) program?
Please take note of refund policy upon signing up for class.
Have more questions?
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