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NC.HLTH-010 - Personal Care Aide - Minoo Pakgohar

Course:Personal Care Aide
Professor:Minoo Pakgohar
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths



Welcome to the Personal Care Aide NC. HLTH-010 hybrid course. My name is Minoo Pakgohar, and I will be guiding you through this challenging, yet very great, hybrid course. This course will cover the knowledge and skills needed to assist older adults, individuals with disabilities, and those with chronic health issues, including Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and will give you employable skills for entry level work providing personal care services in people’s homes, assisted living residences, nursing facilities, and other residential housing facilities. Even If you don’t want to work you will learn how to care for your loved ones.

Thank you for selecting the Personal Care Aide course.  It is an extremely interesting subject that is highly relevant to every student, personally and/or through your relationships with others.  And thank you for selecting me as a professor. I look forward to working with all of you.

Yours truly,

Minoo Pakgohar, Ph.D.

Course Description

This course prepares trainees to assist older adults, individuals with disabilities, and those with chronic health issues including Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the roles and responsibilities of a personal care aide, communication skills, assisting with activities of daily living, maintenance of a healthy environment, basic nutrition, safe transfer techniques, and procedures for medical emergencies.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a hybrid class that means all learning materials and assignments will be completed through canvas, except the skills demonstration and assessments. The skills demonstration and assessments will be in person on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM at Canyon Country Campus (CCC5 503). So, students can practice all ADL skills along with professional communication, proper use of body mechanics and infection control techniques.

Types of Assessments

There are quizzes, assignments/discussions, skills lab, and one final exam. Quizzes are set up like flashcards to enforce learning through testing. They will remain open the entire semester.  Students are able to take quizzes as many times as they like (unlimited attempt) and can raise their score at any time in the semester because the quizzes never close.  Each module has one discussion/assignment or key notes assignment. Students will be tested on five skills competencies as determined by the instructor.  The final exam will consist of multiple choice, true/false, matching, and short answers.

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks for this course. All reading materials will be posted in Canvas.

Recommended Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks are:

Additional Resources


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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 01/21/2024 Sub#: 1611