The 32-Week Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum (2019) Certificate Program is licensed by the Ministry of Alberta Advanced Education through Alberta Health Services. We offer in-person classes: Day Program in Lethbridge and Pincher Creek, or an Evening Program in Lethbridge. This hands-on program will prepare individuals to work in essential services on the frontline in continuing care facilities, lodges, hospitals, clinics, as well as in community homecare.
The program consists of classroom learning (theory and lab skills), and three clinical placements in assisted living and in long-term continuing care facilities.
This course introduces you to the exciting and challenging role of being a Health Care Aide. You will learn the importance of promoting client wellness and independence in a safe environment, and also how to give care safely for yourself and your client.
This course introduces you to the basic structure and function of the body and the various stages and tasks of human growth and development with a focus on healthy aging and independence. With the introduction of each system, chronic conditions and pain associated with them are discussed also.
This course emphasizes the importance of effective communication with clients, team members and supervisors. Communication strategies such as constructive feedback that can prevent or help you manage conflict. You will also discuss culture and diversity, and how to document your observations as you learn about speech, language, hearing and vision impairments.
This course is focused on skills needed to provide quality care to the client. You will learn about ambulation and mobility, positioning and transferring clients using good body mechanics. You will practice skills of bed making, assisting with elimination and assisting clients at mealtimes with knowledge of food safety.
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the practical hands-on portion of giving care in a facility with a clinical instructor.
This course will assist you in understanding range of motion and the importance of the client’s ability to move independently. It is also important to understand how to prevent wounds, assist with enteral nutrition (tube feeds), assist with urinary drainage systems, ostomy care, specimen collection, measuring vital signs, assist with oxygen needs and medication assistance.
This course provides information and learning experiences when assisting infant care, child care, clients with diagnosis of dementia, and mental health disorders. You will gain a better understanding of clients who are physically disabled or developmentally delayed. You will be able to understand the role and responsibility of a health care aide working the palliative and end-of-life care as you meet the needs of a dying client with compassionate person-centred care.
This is the second clinical placement that is the practical hands-on portion of giving care in the facility under the supervision of a clinical instructor.
This is the final clinical placement course where you will practice the role of the Health Care Aide by working under the direction of a regulated health care professional (RN or LPN) and buddied with a Health Care Aide in your assigned facility.
The program curriculum is designed to provide person-centred care approach and HCA “CARE” principles, to assist learners to be better equipped to provide the best quality of ethical care. The person-centred approach was specifically developed to highlight the core principles and unique responsibilities of HCAs in Alberta.
Instructors work interactively with you and encourage dialogue. The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities in the learning environment for you to actively engage with the subject matter.
During lab skills, you will encounter simulated real life scenarios that allow you to be guided through an experience and assists you with applying your newly acquired knowledge. Simulation-based training allows you to develop skills, while protecting patients from unnecessary risks.
The clinical placement component consists of three separate courses designed to give you the opportunity to incorporate the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the HCA program within a clinical setting.
***Learners will have met the theory requirements and laboratory skills (practice and assessment) before they are permitted in the clinical setting as legislated by government bodies. Training Inc. pre-arranges placements and determines the terms and conditions.
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage is provided during the placement.
Students receive a program handbook outlining the programs’ policies and expectations
Students must pass the Alberta Provincial health Care Aide examination in order to graduate and receive certification. The examination fee is included in the tuition (one-time writing fee). Training Inc. will issue the Health Care Aide – Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum Certificate upon completion and graduation from the program. The minimum passing grade of 70% is required.
Health Care Aide Directory
Graduates are required by Alberta Health to register into the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory. Training Inc. is required to provide the names of graduates to the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory.
Our graduates are often hired by the facility they completed their placement with and starting wages are competitive.
Completion of this provincially recognized certification program provides you with the opportunity to work as a certified Health Care Aide anywhere in Alberta. You will earn excellent wages and this is a fantastic career option where you can work in a variety of settings, such as:
Pincher Creek: 80%
Total cost: $9,400
– Total cost covers one Provincial Exam.
– No additional costs are added to Total Cost
Different funding options are available
A non-refundable registration fee of $500.00 must accompany the registration of self-funded students in order to guarantee enrolment. The registration fee will be deducted from the program cost. Students will be required to pay the remaining fees two weeks before the start date (during office hours).
The Government of Alberta is currently offering a grant to current and future Health Care Aide student. For more information on the available grant and eligibility requirements, click on the link below:
For other payment methods, financial grants and resources, and tax form(s), visit our Student Resource Page
A copy of your high school transcript is needed of enrollment. If you do not have a copy of your transcript, visit myPass Alberta to request a copy.
Candidates do not require a high school diploma; however they must meet the following requirements/equivalencies:
Applicants 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:
A clear, recent criminal record check with vulnerable sector clearance prior to the start of the program
The following immunizations prior to the program are needed:
Additional immunizations may be required depending on the facility.