Healthcare Aide

Diploma Program – 42 Weeks (25hrs/week)


  • Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status (at least 19 and out of school for one year).
  • Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instruction
  • An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program
  • Adequate level of physical health to be able to fulfill job requirements
  • Must have a satisfactory level in either IELTS or CLB


  • Fitness to complete the practical components of the program
  • Clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check is required by industry prior to placement
  • Other medical tests (e.g., TB Test) or proof of vaccinations (e.g., Hep B) may be required by industry prior to placement

Career Opportunities:

The training in the Health Care Aide program provides the opportunity to develop the skills needed to assist clients or residents with meeting their physical, emotional, social needs, and activities of daily living, in one of the following settings: working in hospitals, personal care homes,and private residences, as well as other health care facilities.

Program Objective

The purpose of this program is to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to provide personal care and support services to clients and residents, consumers and families in both community and institutional settings. This program is designed to provide the knowledge and practical skills training required for an employment-ready trained graduate as a Health Care Assistant / Long Term Care Aide / Resident Care Aide.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain good working relationships with all membersof the health care team
  • Promotes a safe work environment at all times
  • Practices universal precautions (WHMIS) and maintains a clean working environment
  • Provides emotional and social support services to clients, residents, and their families
  • Assists with ambulating, proper positioning,mobilization, and maintains body alignment as required
  • Assists with range of motion exercises and other rehabilitative measures
  • Assists with physical and mechanical lifts and/or transfers
  • Performs laundry tasks: changes bed linens, towels.
  • Assists with activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, toileting, etc.
  • Assists with feeding, dietary planning, meal preparation, food handling, grocery shopping, an calculating fluid intake and output
  • Takes and records vital signs: blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respirations, and body weight and height
  • Collects various specimens for required medical test
  • Works as a supportive health care aide for palliative care and hospice patients
  • Observes and reports clinical and treatment findings, changes in behavior, and in ongoing conditions
  • Documents all procedures and maintains records

Get Started

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Method of Delivery

Integrated Learning System facilitated by Academy of Learning Career College facilitators and daily live lectures. In person training for First Aid, CPR and four weeks of practicum.

Personal Attributes Required

  • Empathetic
  • Self motivated
  • Possess an interest in working as an integral part of a health care team
  • Genuine desire to work and care for the elderly as well as others in the community who need assistant and care support
  • Trustworthy

Program Notes

Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.


Introduction to Health Care

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of the Personal Support Worker
  • The Canadian Health Care System
  • Workplace Settings
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Legislation: The Clients Rights and Your Rights

Medical Terminology and Reporting

  • Medical Terminology
  • Planning, Reporting and Recording Client Care

Health and Culture

  • Health, Wellness, Illness and Disability
  • Caring about Culture and Diversity

Working in a Team

  • Managing Stress
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Working with others: Teamwork and Delegation

Family Needs and Risk Factors for Abuse

  • Working with Clients and Their Families
  • Abuse, Bullying, and Harassment Awareness


• Starting your Career

Support Worker Duties

  • Beds and Bed Making
  • Skin Care and the Prevention of Wounds
  • Promoting Client Comfort, Pain Management and Sleep
  • Measuring Height, Weight and Vital Signs

Routine Practices

  • Preventing Infection
  • Safety

Mobility and Exercise

  • Body Mechanics
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Rehabilitation and Restorative Care

Activities of Daily Living

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Grooming and Dressing


  • Nutrition and Fluids
  • Enteral Nutrition and Intravenous Therapy


  • Urinary Elimination
  • Bowel Elimination

The Body

  • Growth and Development
  • Body Structure and Function

Diseases and Disorders

  • Common Diseases and Disorders

Eyes, Ears, and Language Disorders

  • Hearing and Vision Disorders
  • Speech and Language Disorders

Mental Health and Brain Disorders

  • Developmental Disorders and Disabilities
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Disorientation, Delirium and Dementia


  • Promoting Oxygenation
  • Heat and Cold Applications

Meet the Client

  • Caring for Infants and their Parents
  • Caring for the Young
  • Caring for the Older Persons

Home Care

  • Home Management
  • Medication Management

Acute and End of Life

  • Working in Acute Care
  • End of Life Care

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