Course Information


Next Program Start Dates:       

March 2018

September 2018


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 Our program features hands on instruction in a friendly environment with welcoming & approachable instructors. We pride ourselves in creating a supportive culture & community around our education programs and strive to offer our students the best opportunities at future employment by providing additional training  & practicum placements at leading care facilities, including Red Deer Regional Hospital.

General Information:    

Certified Health Care Aide Program  (19 Weeks in duration** – Holidays may extend course to 21 Weeks)

Semi Full Time instructor led program

Theory and Lab practice 

– 12 Weeks (3 days per week) –

Tuesday – Thursday (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Clinical Practicum (On Site)

– 7 Weeks (4 days per week) –

Tuesday – Friday ( Full Daytime Shifts)




Theory and Laboratory Modules – 12 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 – 7 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

Health Care Aide Occupational Profile