Begin your healthcare career as a Personal Care Assistant.

Put your Caring Gene® to work today.

As a Personal Care Assistant (PCA), you are on the front lines of care—working in clients’ homes to assist them with day-to-day activities ranging from nutrition and environment support. As a PCA, your duties may include:

  • House cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation
  • Assisting the client with bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Medication assistance
  • Document observations, activities and care

PCAs are trained by employers and, after training is completed, are added to the New York Home Care Registry. A criminal history background check is also required.

Depending on your employer and the region of New York in which you work, you can expect a competitive starting salary, which may include benefits such as paid time off, medical and dental coverage, and a 401(k).

Once you’re hired, employers will provide training classes (often with pay) to help you advance in your career.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements for PCA training and certification may be revised by government authorities. The information on these pages/this page reflects the current known requirements for training and certification at this time.

“I brag about my job to anyone who will listen. And I do it pretty often.”

Veronica, PCA

Rochester, NY

"You get a lot of recognition from your employer. They actually make you feel like you’re important and you’re needed."

Beverly, PCA

Massena, NY

"You get a lot of thanks and appreciation. You can just see it in their face...when you walk in and their face lights up."

Martin, PCA

Binghamton, NY

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