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Temporary Personal Care Attendant

Posted Apr 19, 20203 min Read


The COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Course permits comprehensive care facilities (nursing homes) to employ a trained Personal Care Attendant to perform defined resident care procedures that do not require the skill or training required for a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

  • The Indiana State Department of Health’s March 21, 2020 “Emergency Order Authorizing Temporary Personal Care Attendant Positions and Training for Nursing Homes” (“First PCA Order”) is AMENDED as follows:
    • Effective March 16, 2020 through May 1, 2020, minors age 16 and 17 are also eligible for training and work as Personal Care Attendants (“PCAs”). 
  • Please note that ANY NATCEP training waiver prohibition of training is being waived for this course, so if your facility is currently not able to provide formal CNA training, that facility CAN  train this temporary PCA role, but as this is currently written, the trainer must be a nurse who has completed an ISDH-approved training program as outlined in the NATCEP administrative standards.
  • Access the related COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Simulation/Competency Check-Off 
  • Access the PCA PROCEDURE CARD developed by ISDH to assist the PCA and other staff in identifying the procedures the PCA is trained to perform.
  • The ISDH Division of Long Term Care and the Nurse Aide Registry is requesting that following the successful completion of PCA training, the spreadsheet linked below to be used to submit the new PCAs name to the registry.  The spreadsheet should then be emailed to:  To access the spreadsheet, please click here and look for Personal Care Attendant section.
  • The temporary PCA role is available to both nursing facilities and residential care facilities (March 23).

External PCA Training Options

  • Associate member Senior1Care, under their Legacy CNA training arm, is also providing two in-person PCA training programs at their Mishawaka and Noblesville locations. Details here.