Skill Development Program

General Duty Assistant

Introduction to the course:

The Skill based training courses are the training content developed for enhancing the specific skills of existing professionals or provide for a platform for imparting skills to candidates with no formal qualification.

To undertake the skill based training programme, it is mandatory that the candidate must fulfil the entry criteria provided for the job profile. The training and assessment will certify that the candidate is able to undertake specific set of activities. This must not be equated with the formal qualifications- diploma/ degrees which are given by a University.

It is recommended that the employer must help the candidate in continuing the studies to degree level and formal qualification, if the candidate is willing for gaining knowledge and want to move up the traditional career pathway.

Background of the professional:

General Duty Assistants (GDAs) GDAs usually work in a hospital environment but may work at homes of sick patients and may be called by similar names such as Orderlies, Nursing Assistants, Nursing Aides or Bedside Assistants. Internationally, they are usually called Nursing Assistants or Patient Care Assistants.

They work in collaboration with (and usually under the supervision of) doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to deliver the prescribed healthcare services to their patients.

As they deal with patients, essential qualities include an orientation to service, empathy, basic communication skills and the ability to follow orders and behave ethically.

Objectives of the course:

1. Discuss & verbalize the role of a basic healthcare provider

2. Demonstrate techniques to maintain the personal hygiene needs of a patient

3. Practice infection control measures

4. Demonstrate the ability to perform clinical skills essential in providing basic healthcare services

5. Promote safety, understand usage of protective devices and demonstrate precautions to be taken while usage of Oxygen

6. Demonstrate professional behavior, personal qualities and characteristics of a General Duty Assistant

7. Demonstrate right methods of bio medical waste management

8. Demonstrate Basic Life Support, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and other actions in the event of medical and facility emergencies

9. Demonstrate good communication, communicate accurately and appropriately in the role of General Duty Assistant and demonstrate professional appearance and demeanor

Eligibility criteria

Educational requirement - The candidate must have completed 10+2 with Science..

Minimum Course duration: 6 months

It is recommended that any programme developed from this curriculum should have a minimum duration of 710 hours (168 for theory, 372 for practical and 170 hours for internship in a hospital) to qualify as a General Duty Assistant

Medium of instruction:

English/ regional language shall be the medium of instruction for all the subjects of study and for examination of the course.


A candidate has to secure minimum 80% attendance in overall with at least-

1. 75% attendance in theoretical

2. 80% in Skills training (practical) for qualifying to appear for the final examination.

No relaxation, whatsoever, will be permissible to this rule under any ground including indisposition

Courses Admission Fee Tuition Fee Examination Fee Total
General Duty Assistant Rs. 1000/- (One time) Rs. 6000/- Rs. 500/- Rs. 7500/-

Course content:

module – 1: Foundation Module: Introduction to the general duty assistant program

module – 2: Assist nurse in bathing the patient

module – 3: Assist nurse in grooming the patient

module – 4: Assist patient in dressing-up

module – 5: Support individuals to eat and drink

module – 6: Assist patient in maintaining normal elimination

module – 7: Transferring patient within the hospital

module – 8: Prevent and control infection

module – 9: Assist nurse in performing procedures as instructed in the care plan

module – 10: Assist nurse in observing and reporting change in patient condition

module – 11: Assist nurse in measuring patient parameters accurately

module – 12: Respond to patient’s call

module – 13: Clean medical equipment under supervision of nurse

module – 14: Transport patient samples, drugs, patient documents and manage changing and transporting laundry/ linen on the floor

module – 15: Carry out last office (death care)

module – 16: follow biomedical waste disposal protocols

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Course coordinators are responsible for managing the delivery of a specific course/degree program to students. They provide detailed information regarding the learning results of the program/course, assist candidates in selecting electives, review their applications for advanced standing, and provide insights in academic requirements. Course coordinators plan, design, and develop the course. Course coordinators are essential to ensure the quality of academic programs and assist students in understanding various aspects of the course.

• Course Coordinator
Mrs. Asha Khandagale, Sr. P.H.N.O
e-mail: director[dot]fwtrc[at]nic[dot]in
Tel:- 022-23881724- 111
• Co-coordinator
Mrs. Tejaswinee Meshram, P.H.N.O
• Course Assistant
Ms. Shivali Tyagi, Jr. Translation Officer