Programs & Courses

Health Care Aide

CERTIFICATE

About the Program

As age and illness advance, many people need support from caring individuals who have the compassion and training to provide basic health services. Our Health Care Aide program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to function as a front-line caregiver in just eight months.

The Government of Alberta HCA Curriculum (2019) is offered through Medicine Hat College at both the Medicine Hat and Brooks campuses 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.

With flexible delivery options and strong employment opportunities, get ready to launch a rewarding career in health care.

Admission Requirements

You will be required to submit official transcripts showing credit in:

Academic English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Grade 11, 20-2 level course, with a minimum score of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • English 20-1 with a minimum of 60%  achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test)
English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. Equivalencies are as follows:

  • Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7; OR
  • By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; OR
  • By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.

Approved English Language Proficiency Tests

  • Tests benchmarked at a CLB 7 for all 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Official results must be submitted directly to the post-secondary institution.

Pre-Program Requirements

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

  • CPR-BLS (Renewal required on a yearly basis)
  • Address Information and Health Form
  • 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)
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing 

In addition to these requirements, you must also possess knowledge of computer and technology tools to be successful in the program. You must: 

  • Be able to communicate, research and understand information
  • Know how to use a computer to surf web, email
  • Be able to critically evaluate and understand how technology can affect one’s behaviour
  • Be able to create, produce content, and effectively communicate using email, media, and internet

 

 

 

 

Course List

 

The MHC program consists of nine courses in two 16-week terms:

 

Term/Semester 1 (16 weeks)

HCAP 140 Health Care Aide Role & Responsibility

HCAP 141 The Human Body, Health & Chronic Illness

HCAP 142 Communication & Documentation in the Health Care Environment

HCAP 143 Providing Person-Centered Care & Comfort

HCAP 144 Clinical Placement I

 

Term/Semester 2 (16 weeks)

HCAP 145 Meeting Complex Care Needs

HCAP 146 Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions

HCAP 147 Clinical Experience II (Instructor-Led)

HCAP 148 Consolidated Clinical Placement

Term/Semester 1 (16 weeks)

HCAP 140
 Health Care Aide Role & Responsibility
HCAP 141  The Human Body, Health & Chronic Illness
HCAP 142  Communication & Documentation in the Health Care Environment
HCAP 143
 Providing Person-Centered Care & Comfort
HCAP 144
 Clinical Placement I

Term/Semester 2 (16 weeks)

HCAP 145 Meeting Complex Care Needs
HCAP 146 Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions
HCAP 147
Clinical Experience II (Instructor-Led)
HCAP 148
Consolidated Clinical Placement

VIEW COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 


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.

*In addition to tuition and textbook expenses, students must plan for the inclusion of costs for uniforms, white duty shoes, lab kits, and the HCA provincial exam.

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.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

At MHC, we care about students and want to help you succeed.

As a student, there may be times when you require support. Our SERVICES page provides you with links to a number of campus supports including academic success, counselling and care, health and wellness, and many other resources.

Have you always wanted to study abroad?

Enhance your education, share in cultural diversity and embrace new experiences. Visit the INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY PROGRAM section to find out more.