Programs & Courses

Health Care Aide

About This Program

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If you enjoy "hands-on" work and working with people, you will be interested in the Health Care Aide program. Our Health Care Aide program is a 20-week certificate program that provides you the theory and hands-on training you'll need to secure work in the field of health care.  This program offers flexibility to students with a variety of needs.


Full-Time versus Part-time Program

The full-time program is equivalent to 20 weeks of instruction. If you choose to complete the program on a part-time basis you will join full-time students in class.  If you attend on a part-time basis you will join full-time students in class.  If you attend on a part-time basis you must complete the program within two years of commencing the program. 


Prior Learning Assessment

Individuals with related work experience as a Health Care Aide may be evaluated through Prior Learning
Assessment. You must provide information from your employer(s) to confirm your learning and you will also be required to complete a written and skills evaluation.


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted up to the beginning of both fall and winter intakes contingent on availability of seats. Distributed Learning applications will be accepted at any time, with start dates to be determined on an individual basis.

Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities with:

  • Continuing Care Facilities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Community Agencies - both private and government
  • Private individuals

You will be required to submit official transcripts showing credit in

  • ELA 10 or achievement of CLB Level 7 or equivalent

Pre-Program Requirements

You must submit the following documentation prior to the first day of classes:

  • Standard First Aid Certificate
  • CPR - Level C Certificate
  • Health Form (indicating you are physically able to perform the duties of a Health Care Aide)
  • Police Information Check (including vulnerable sectors check)
  • Immunization records (deficiencies must be addressed or in the process of being addressed prior to clinical/practicum placement).

The program is based on the Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Curriculum and covers all areas included in the competency list for workers in Alberta. The MHC program consists of eight courses:

HCAP 120 Safety
HCAP 121 Caring for the Client
HCAP 122 Medication Delivery and Dementia
HCAP 130 Foundations and Communication
HCAP 131 The Body and The Mind
HCAP 132 Knowledge and Skills I
HCAP 133 Knowledge and Skills II
HCAP 134 Practicum 

Continuation/Graduation Requirements

To complete this program you must

  • Attain a satisfactory in classroom/lab/clinical and practicum evaluations.
  • Attain a minimum mark of 80% on midterm and final exams.*
  • Successfully complete all post-tests, lab performance evaluations, and program assignments by the dates identified in the program.
  • Successfully complete all practicum experiences (a minimum of three [3] placements in varied settings).
  • Meet attendance requirements as stated in the Health Care Aide program handbook.

Should you fail to achieve these outcomes you will be required to withdraw from the program.


  • Each course contains a number of modules. Following the review of each module, students are required to achieve 80% on the written module post-test.
  • It is expected that students will maintain the required level of competency in each skill throughout the program. Students may be required to withdraw at any time should their performance in relation to the delivery of safe care and/or maintenance of program standards be questionable.
  • Students that have been unsuccessful after two (2) attempts at completing any course, they will be required to repeat the entire program at your own expense.

Health Care Aide Update Certificate

In January 2003, the Health Care Aide program introduced a revised curriculum based on new provincial guidelines.  Participation in this certificate update program would be open to previous graduates of a recognized program (to be determined on an individual basis by the program coordinator).  The program consists of three 21-hour courses:  medication administration, psychomotor skills and dementia care.  Since the program has been in evolution, some of the potential participants may have already completed one or more of the components.  The program coordinator will evaluate deficiencies in current certificates on an individual basis. 

Admission Requirements

You must be a graduate of a recognized certificate program as determined by the program coordinator on an individual basis.

Program Requirements

To attain full certification, you must successfully complete one or more of the offered components, based on the deficiencies of your current certificate. (as evaluated on an individual basis by the program coordinator).

    HCAP 104  Medication Administration
    HCAP 105  Psychomotor Skills
    HCAP 106  Dementia Care

Graduation Requirements

  • Successfully complete all module post tests, and lab performance evaluating by the identified date.
  • Meet attendance requirements as stated in the Health Care Aide program handbook.

International Exchange Opportunities

You can explore short-term education abroad opportunities in countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Ecuador. Visit the International Mobility Program section to find out more.

Scholarship Info

Medicine Hat College distributes over $300,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year. Applying online is easy!

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