Health Care Aide Certificate
Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Theory and lab classes will be delivered on-line and through video via facilitator.
At this time, all Health Care Aide classes will be delivered to students through a distance learning model. Each course will continue to be scheduled in their regular semesters, and will be expected to be delivered in the same time period as a face-to-face class. Classes may include (but are not limited to):
- Interactive webinars
- Discussion forums
- Group work
- Daily Tests
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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 $19.92 – 24.95 per hour to start.
You will earn and receive the following certificates:
- Columbia College/Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate
- WHMIS Certificate
- 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.
Health care aides (HCA) are an unregulated workforce that provide basic health services and support with daily living activities for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations. HCAs work under the direct or indirect supervision of a regulated health professional, such as a nurse, in a variety of settings including:
- home care
- assisted living facilities
- long-term care
The Government of Alberta HCA Provincial Curriculum-2019 is owned and managed by the Ministry of Health. Post-secondary institutions are required to enter into a license agreement with the Ministry of Health to use the Curriculum.
Click Here to see a list of Faculty Members for this course.
Employers of Graduates
The following is a list of organizations that have hired graduates of this program:
- Intercare: Brentwood, Southwood, and Chinook Care Centres
- The Brenda Stafford Trust
- 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
2019 – 2020: 95% Graduation Rate
2019 – 2020: 96% Employment Rate
Students can apply for admission into the Health Care Aide program through either Standard Admission or through Mature Admission. Please review the two types of admission below to see which type fits your circumstances.
All applicants must provide Rubella immunization proof, and provide a Police Information Check, with Vulnerable Sector Search to their advisor during the admission process.
- Be 19 years of age or older
- Out of high school for 1 year
- Successfully meet entry levels on Columbia College’s Accuplacer assessment test or equivalent (See Academic Proficiency Requirements below)
The following requirements must be met to be eligible for entry into a licensed HCA program.
Academic English Language Arts (ELA)
- Grade 11, 20-2 level course, with a minimum score of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
- English 20-1 with a minimum of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
- English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
- Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test)
Note: Students who have not completed the ELA, 20-2 level requirement and achieved the minimum grade are subject to completing the ACCUPLACER assessment test. This can include students out of province, out of country or mature students that have been out of school for a significant length of time.
English Language Proficiency (ELP)
Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. Equivalencies are as follows:
- Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7; OR
- By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; OR
- By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.
Approved English Language Proficiency Tests
Tests benchmarked at a CLB 7 for all 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Official results must be submitted directly to the PSI.
Test/Transcript results are valid for two years from the day of testing or completion of a course. Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program may not be accepted, but will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar. Official results must be submitted.
Transcripts will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and the Health Care Aide program to determine whether the courses completed will be accepted to meet the proficiency requirement.
Do your academic skills need to be upgraded to meet admission entry requirements?
If your academic skills need to be improved in one or more areas, the student may be referred to Columbia College’s Academic Preparation – College Prep (free courses). See Continuing Education – Academic Preparation – College Prep.
- Columbia College’s Health Care Aide program follows the Government of Alberta Health Provincial 2019 (most recent) curriculum.
Full Time 2 Terms (32 weeks in total)
- 24 weeks of Classroom / Lab Instruction (approx 15 hours/week) (Monday – Thursday) (Daytime classes: 08:00-12:00)
- Supported Tutorials (Friday – 12 pm – 5 pm) and on-line Learning Activities
- 8 weeks of Practicum experience (40 hours/week) (Monday – Friday)
- Practicums will take place primarily Monday to Friday and may include: days and evenings and could potentially include weekends.
Facilitator to Student Ratios:
- Classroom / Lab: 12 Students to 1 Facilitator
- Practicum: 8 Students to 1 Facilitator
- CPR – Heart and Stroke BLS
- Up-to-date Immunization Record
- N95 Mask Fit Test
Students will be required to travel to various locations in order to complete their clinical and practicum placements. Clinical and practicum placements will be provided as available. Every effort is made to accommodate students in clinical placements within the time frame of the program, however in rare instances there may be a delay in program completion until a clinical placement can be arranged.
Course List and Descriptions
For a full list of courses and course descriptions for this program, please click here.
Tutoring is available for students. If you require tutoring, please contact your Program Chair or Coordinator.
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.
September 7, 2020
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 Health Care Aide courses and achieve an overall program grade point average of 2.7 or higher.
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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