Health Care Aide
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.
About this Program
*The provincial government is implementing changes to the HCA curriculum. The program will be a full academic year (eight months) beginning in Fall 2020. There is no winter intake in 2020 because of the mandated changes, but students are welcome to apply for this fall. It is our intention to offer the program both in Medicine Hat and Brooks starting Sept. 1, 2020. The DL option will not be available until further notice.
Our Health Care Aide program 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.
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.
You will be required to submit official transcripts showing credit in
- ELA 20-2 (minimum 60%), Achievement of CLB Level 7 or equivalent
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).
Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities with:
- Continuing Care Facilities
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Community Agencies - both private and government
- Private individuals
What is your education going to cost?
Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.
Looking for ways to help fund your education?
There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.
Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.
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