Certificate in General Duty Assistance (CGDA)

  • Certificate in General Duty Assistance (CGDA)

  • Minimum Duration : 6 Months
  • Maximum Duration : 2 Years
  • Course Fee : Rs 6,000
  • Minimum Age : No bar
  • Maximum Age : No bar
  • Eligibility : 12th Pass

Programme Overview

The General Duty Assistant (GDA) program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide support to nurses, doctors as well as other healthcare team members in ensuring quality care to the patients. The program focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary to provide support by undertaking non-clinical tasks or the activities that that have been directed by the healthcare team members.


The program aims at making a student complete to perform the following skills

  • Demonstrate skills in patient positions and use of assistive devices, preparation of patient care unit, skills in transporting a patient, handling of samples, drugs and linen and use and after care of equipments
  • Demonstrate skills General Hygiene and Grooming, bathing procedures and guidelines, mouth, Eye, Ear, Skin, Hair, Nail and foot care, feeding the patient, taking care of elimination needs and procedures
  • Practice infection control measures, promote safety and demonstrate right methods of bio-medical waste management


Course code Course Name Credits
BHT-001 Foundation of General Duty Assistance 4
BHT-002 Basic Needs of Patient Care 2
BHTL-003 Fundamental skills for General Duty Assistance 12
Program Guide

Related Information

Every healthcare setting big or small needs GDAs to undertake and manage non-clinical activities within a healthcare setting (eg. Patient sample transportation, documentation, infection control and cleanliness).

The GDA program is thus a platform for gaining knowledge, understand the operations and types of services provided by a healthcare setting. The GDA can progress to take up similar profile such as Home Health Aide, Nursing Aide and assistants or can also have vertical progression by taking up more responsibilities such as GDA supervisor, Floor supervisor etc after adequate experience.