Health Care Aide Certificate
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Graduates of our Health Care Aide program can work in a variety of health care environments such as: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities and in the community providing home care.
Health Care Aides may have many different titles such as: Personal Care Attendant, Nursing Assistant, Nurse’s Aide Assistant, Home Health Care Aide. All work with a common goal to providing the highest quality of basic care possible to their clients or residents. Health Care Aides can potentially earn $15 – $21 per hour to start.
You will earn and receive the following certificates:
- Columbia College/Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate
- WHMIS Certificate
- Dementia Care
- Falls Prevention
- Food Safety
- Goals of Care
- Pet Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Dealing with Conflict
- The Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary Best Friends Approach Certificate
- Medication Administration
- Professional Code of Conduct (Provided at College Convocation or upon request)
Why choose Columbia College’s Health Care Program? We have been preparing students to become Personal Care Attendants and Health Care Aides since 2003. We are known in the industry and have an excellent record of successfully employed graduates.
Columbia College’s Health Care Aide program is licensed through Alberta Government Private Vocational Training Branch and is approved by the Alberta Government Department of Health.
As our society ages, more people will require the support of medical health professionals to look after their personal health needs. Many of these professionals work in the hospitals providing emergency service and medical care to patients. Most of these patients return to active life in the community, but a growing number of Canadians need external support in their homes and longer-term care in specialized facilities. To assist them in adjusting to and coping with their limitations is a group of health care professionals including doctors, nurses, health care aides, and other medical specialists.
Some examples of the care given to patients in all care settings include: assistance with bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, lifting and transferring, taking vital signs such as blood pressure and assisting with psychosocial needs. Health Care Aides must be able to work shifts and weekends, be on their feet for long period of time. They must be in good health as the job requires using your knees, back and arms to move clients who may not have much body strength. You must be able to provide personal care to both men and women. You will be wearing a short-sleeved uniform consisting of a top and bottom pants (called scrubs).
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Employers of Graduates
The following is a list of organizations that have hired graduates of this program:
- Intercare McKenzie
- Meadowlark Care Home
- CBI Home Health Services
- McKenzie Towne Care Centre
- The Edgemont
- Calgary Elder Care
- Global Senior Care
- Sagewood Long Term Care
- The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station
- Assisted Living
- Active Alliance
- Intercare Chinook
2016 – 2017: 100% Graduation Rate
2016 – 2017: 100% Employment Rate
- Columbia College’s Health Care Aide program follows the Government of Alberta Health Provincial 2013 (most recent) curriculum.
- Full Time (16 weeks) (Total: 485 Hours) Attend in the evenings Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (5 hours).
- 10 weeks of Classroom / Lab Instruction (245 hours)
- Supported Tutorials and on-line Learning Activities
- Practicum experience: 6 weeks (40 hours/week) (Total: 240 hours)
- Practicums will mainly take place Monday to Friday and may include: days, evenings and weekends.
- Facilitator to Student Ratios:
- Classroom / Lab: 12 Students to 1 Facilitator
- Practicum: 8 Students to 1 Facilitator
- Must be a minimum of 19 years old.
- Out of high school for 1 year.
- 18 years old with a Canadian grade 12 high school diploma.
All Students Must Have:
- Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLBL) 7 (if English is your second language).
- Submitted a completed Columbia College application.
- Achieved an acceptable mark on the Columbia College assessment.
- Clear Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search.
- Submitted all other program requirements.
- CPR – Heart and Stroke BLS
- Up-to-date Immunization Record
Course List and Descriptions
For a full list of courses and course descriptions for this program, please click here.
Columbia College’s tuition and general fees come into effect August 1 of each year.
For more information about tuition and the Columbia College Tuition chart, please see the Tuition and Fees page.
Refund of Tuition Fees
Please refer to the Student Contract of Tuition form for details of tuition refund policy. This form is available from this program’s Student Admission Advisor.
February 5, 2018
May 22, 2018
September 4, 2018
How to Register
For details on applying or reapplying to this program, please refer to the Admissions page.
To graduate from this program, students must successfully complete all five Health Care Aide courses and achieve an overall program grade point average of 2.7.
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Health Care Aide Directory
- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self