Health Care Aide Program


Next Program Date:     September 22nd 2015 – January 2016


General Information:

Certified Health Care Aide Program  (22 Weeks in duration)

Full time instructor led program (Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Theory and Lab practice (14 weeks)

Clinical Practicum experience (8 weeks)




Theory and Laboratory Modules – 14 weeks

1. Working as a Health Care Aide 

  • Role of the Health Care Aide
  • Legislation
  • Functioning Effectively as a Team Member
  • Environmental Safety
  • Client Safety
  • Self Care and Safety

2. Communication in the Health Care Environment

  • Person to Person Communication
  • Communication Impairments and Related Strategies
  • Dealing with Problems and Conflict
  • Documentation

3. Structure and Function of the Human Body – Health and Chronic Illness

  • Body Systems and Function
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Healthy Aging and Independence
  • Chronic Conditions

4. Providing Client Care and Comfort

  • Client Grooming and Personal Hygiene
  • Bathing the Client
  • Assist with Elimination
  • Bed Making
  • Assist with Client Mobility
  • Positions, Transfers, and Lifts
  • Assisting at Mealtime

5. Meeting Complex Care Needs

  • Range of Motion
  • Assisting with Wound Care
  • Assisting with Naso-gastric, Gastrostomy and Tube Feeds
  • Assist with Urinary Catheters and Drainage Systems
  • Assist with Ostomy Care
  • Measuring Vital Signs, Pain, Height and Weight
  • Assisting with Specimen Collection
  • Assisting with Respiratory Care and Oral Suctioning

6. Assisting with Medication Delivery

  • Assisting with Medication Delivery

7. Special Activities for Diverse Clients

  • Assisting with the Care of Infants
  • Assisting with Child Care
  • Care for Clients with a Diagnosis of Dementia
  • Care for Clients with a Mental Health Diagnosis
  • Assisting Clients with Physical Disabilities and Developmental Delays
  • End of Life Care
  • Meeting Care Needs at the time of Death


Practicum – 8 weeks

The practicum portion of the course will involve work in one or more of the following (shift work may be required):

  • Continuing Care Facilities
  • Home Care
  • Acute Care Hospital
  • Assisted Living
  • Palliative Care


Alberta government Health Care Aide curriculum information:

Health Care Aide Curriculum