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
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 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.
You will be required to submit official transcripts showing credit in
- ELA 10 or 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).
Course ListSome courses related to this program are found here. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Health Care Aide.
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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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
- 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.