PHCAST Training

Students are referred to this program through Workforce Development, OIC, and/or other third party entities. This program is designed to serve students who are un/under employed and assist them in developing skills needed to obtain and retain positions in health care. The program is taught in four (4) phases.

Phases I, II, and III of PHCAST are offered at the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) several times each year. Interested students should contact their location of interest or Jennifer Norville at to determine course offerings, eligibility and requirements.

  • Phase I: Introduction to Direct Care Work-HRD 3003-Focuses on job readiness skills, literacy, numeracy, keyboarding, and realistic job previewing.
  • Phase II: Direct Care Basics-HRD 3004-Focuses on non-nurse aide personal care tasks and soft skill development; this is an expansion of nurse aide (NA-1). Phase II enables one to become a limited home care aide or personal care asssistant.
  • Phase III: NUR 3240-Nurse Aide I Training-see Nurse Aide I information sheet.
  • Phase IV: May consist of 1 or more courses which may include: Medication Aide, Nurse Aide II, Phlebotomy, Home Care Aide, Geriatric Aide, and Community Health Worker. Students may also opt to apply to the college to enter curriculum programs at Edgecombe Community College.

Contact the site of interest to determine the process and when the next upcoming courses are scheduled.

Tuition and fees vary depending on student eligibility, progression, and approval through the application process.

All Health Occupation students are encouraged to take the CRC/Work Keys Assessment prior to completion of a course. It should only be taken once.


Charles Washington

Carla Freeman
(252) 212-3469

Amy Brown
Edgecombe County Business Incubator

Jennifer Norville
(252) 618-6569