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Health Care Aide Certificate

Health Care Aide student
Certificate (Full-time studies)

Approximately 8 months including theory learning, labs and practicum placement

(This credit program is offered through the Division of Extended Education.)

The Program

The Health Care Aide Certificate – Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum 2019 program prepares students to be a part of the health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing high level of front-line care to clients in need of assistance.

As a Health Care Aide students may work in acute care facilities, continuing care facilities, hospitals, as well as in clients' homes. A Health Care Aide assists individuals needing care in a variety of ways including: assisting with eating, dressing, washing and moving.

The program uses a variety of learning approaches including online readings, assignments and lessons, in-person labs with a certified instructor, and in-person clinical placements. This program follows the Government of Alberta approved Health Care Aide 2020 curriculum and successful graduates are certified as Health Care Aides in Alberta.

Program Outcomes:

Health Care Aides must demonstrate competency as specified in the Alberta Health Care Aide Competency Profile.

Program Content
  • HCA 1001 HCA Roles and Responsibility
  • HCA 1002 The Human Body, Health and Chronic Illness 
  • HCA 1003 Communication and Documentation in the Health Care Environment
  • HCA 1004 Providing Person-Centred Care and Comfort 
  • HCA 1005 Clinical Placement I
  • HCA 1006 Meeting Complex Care Needs 
  • HCA 1007 Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions 
  • HCA 1008 Clinical Placement II
  • HCA 1009 Consolidated Clinical Placement 

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Delivery Options

The Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum 2019 Certificate is offered in a blended delivery format with lectures and class work being done online, and all practicum placements and labs being in person. This program is offered in multiple communities, including Red Deer, Drumheller, Innisfail, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler and Sundre.

Transfer Features

Alberta Health implemented new policies and program standards for the HCA program. Please refer to the Health Care Aide Provincial Program Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Guide for Students.

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