Patient Care Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 44,818 Patient Care Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Patient Care Assistant Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Personal Care, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Patient Care Assistant Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Patient Care Assistant CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand patient care assistant skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a patient care assistant : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Patient Care Assistant
ADL, 6%
EKG, 5%
PCA, 5%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average patient care assistant candidate have?
The average patient care assistant resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your patient care assistant skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from patient care assistant resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Patient Care Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Patient Care Assistant
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Education
  • Provided in home care for an 85 year old man with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cloud regional hospital, St Cloud Fl Patient Registration Wuesthoff Hospital Melbourne, Fl ER registration Healing hands CNA
  • Transferred residents from bed to chair, using a hoyer lift as well as a gait belt.
  • Escort to religious services or events Maintain calendar and organize mail Engage in activities (games, memory books) Companionship.
  • Provide companionship Record daily care notes Make note of any significant changes in the client to the agency/service
Patient Care Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Patient Care Assistant
Certificate - Biology
  • Job enlists of performing adls of pts along with vitals,ekgs, and other tasks as needed.
  • Worked on PCU, CCU and ICU.
  • Fort Wayne, IN Patient Care Tech- Burn Unit -Responsible for completing dressing changes for burn and wound patients.
  • Answer call lights -Assist patients in meeting basic activities of daily living -Help nursing staff keep patients safe
  • Perform all necessary ADL's or anything that the Nurse might need assistance with.
Cook/Dietary Aide

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Patient Care Assistant
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Prepared various foods on the menu * Dishwasher * Prep cook
  • Follow all safety and HACCP guidelines including documenting temperatures, and use proper protective gear as required.
  • Cook Grill Specialist Meat slicer Dishwasher
  • Delivered exceptional service by greeting and serving customers in a timely, friendly manner.
  • Cook on evening shift; also evening prep/dishwasher
Patient Care Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Patient Care Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Biology
  • Light Housekeeping Cooked Meals Laundry Bathing, Grooming, Hygiene Transferring and Positioning Conversation and Companionship Medication Reminders
  • Provided patients and families with support and instructions to promote independent living and adaption to disability or illness
  • Experienced with Alzhermers and Dementia Procedures - Therapeutic range of motion
  • Provide companionship and care for homebound clients* Provide household and errand assistance* Assist in hospice care for end-of-life patients
  • Provided behavioral/emotional support and supervision for those with dementia and Alzheimer's.
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As a patient care assistant, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Patient Care Assistant roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of patient care assistant resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Patient Care Assistant Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Patient Care Assistants. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Patient Care Assistants to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%