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.
Fall 2020 Update
Course Delivery Summary:
- Year 1:Blended
All classroom theory and some skill components will be delivered through online learning.
The development and demonstration of more advanced skills will require work in labs on campus. Students should be prepared to visit the Medicine Hat campus twice a week during the classroom weeks of the program. During the clinical experience/practice weeks, it is anticipated students will proceed to the designated HCA program practices sites as scheduled.
Prepare to Learn:
- Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.
- Details about tools and technology requirements, as well as additional course details, will be shared before the end of July.
About the Program
The Government of Alberta HCA Curriculum (2019) offered through Medicine Hat College at both the Medicine Hat and Brooks campuses includes a wide range of learning activities and experiences to prepare you for work in a variety of settings as a Health Care Aide.
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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