This program prepares you for a rewarding career with strong employment opportunities and a clear sense of job satisfaction. As age and illness advance, many people need support from caring individuals who have the compassion and skills to provide basic health services. This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to function as a front-line caregiver in a variety of long term care settings, which include both residential care facilities and home support agencies.
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Learn about tuition and fees or download a program planning guide.
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.
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:
You will be required to submit official transcripts showing credit in
You must submit the following documentation prior to the first day of classes:
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
To complete this program you must
Should you fail to achieve these outcomes you will be required to withdraw from the program.
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.
You must be a graduate of a recognized certificate program as determined by the program coordinator on an individual basis.
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
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.
Medicine Hat College distributes over $300,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year. Applying online is easy!
There are several options to assist you in funding your education at MHC. Find out what option is best for you.
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