Patient Care Aide Trainee Program

Huntsville Hospital’s Patient Care Aide Program is designed to prepare an individual to understand and assist health care providers with a patient’s care during hospitalization. Classroom and clinical instruction will provide skills and knowledge for the student to apply when meeting the patient’s physical and psychosocial needs.

This is a non-accredited program, and students are not eligible to take the national certification exam. If selected for this program, students are considered a full-time (36 hours/week) Huntsville Hospital employee during the program. The four-week classroom portion of the program meets Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program includes didactic classroom training, simulation lab training and clinical rotations in in-patient nursing units with a preceptor. There are no prerequisites. You must be eligible to be a hospital employee.

A one-year contract is required. The contract states that after completion of the program, the participant will be a Huntsville Hospital Health System employee within the Madison County area for one year in exchange for the education received. The program application will be posted on the hospital's Careers page soon. 

*Individuals currently employed by Huntsville Hospital may apply but their overall work history including any past disciplinary actions will be taken into consideration in the final applicant selection process. Interested individuals may obtain information from Corporate University offices.

If you have any questions, contact Corporate University at (256) 265-8025, or visit our program location in the Dowdle Center at 109 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Important Dates

  • 2021 Program Dates:
    Class Start - Class End 
    6/28/21 - 7/23/21
    7/26/21 - 8/20/21
    9/13/21 - 10/8/21
    10/18-21 - 11/12/21
    11/15/21 - 12/10/21


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