The Health Care Aide program will prepare the student to become a vital member of the healthcare team. The Health Care Aide (HCA) assists professional nurses in performing activities of daily living including long-term care, home care, and assisted living. The Health Care Aide program utilizes the materials of the Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum that includes both theory and practical experience.
Students gain a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and development across the lifespan. They also learn about interpersonal communications, behavior management, chronic conditions, death and dying, and health and wellness.
HCAs work under the direct or indirect supervision of a regulated health professional, such as a nurse, in a variety of settings including:
- home care
- assisted living facilities
- long-term care
Health Care Aides enjoy working with patients/clients who need extra care and attention. They are flexible in terms of timing and responsibilities and must have excellent communication skills in order to develop effective relationships with patients and co-workers. They are prepared to work evenings, nights, and weekends, and additional hours. If this sounds like you, Health Care Aide could be the program for you!
For further information about our Health Care Aide program please contact an Admissions Advisor.
Prior to the practicum, these requirements will be needed. Extra fees may be associated with these:
- First Aid/CPR
- Criminal record check
Mask-fitting may be required depending on the practicum site.
HCA students must achieve a minimum final grade of 70% in each course and pass the provincial HCA Examination to graduate from the HCA Program and receive the Government of Alberta HCA Provincial Curriculum Certificate.
Extra fees are associated with writing the Provincial Exam not covered by the tuition.