Course Description

Health Care Aid Certificate Program

This program prepares graduates for a lifelong career as a health care aide, nurse's aide, home care attendant, personal support worker, orderly and other similar job titles. 


Students will acquire the necessary knowledge and practical skills to assist patients, clients, and/or residents with activities of daily living while preserving autonomy and promoting physical, emotional, mental and social needs across the continuum of care. 


Students will learn about the roles and responsibilities of a health care aide across care settings and working as an essential member of the health care team. In addition to gaining necessary knowledge and skill on helping individuals with activities of daily living, the study will also include key topics in physical anatomy and related physiological functions from infancy to late adulthood, interpersonal communications and relationships, and safety. Both the practical and practicum components will prepare the student for transition to employment in a variety of work settings.


This full-time program includes 13 essential courses delivered over a 6 month period, including three key components: theory, practical and an on-site practicum for  total of 582 hours of training.


Graduates of the Program will: 


  • Understand and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of the health care aide, as part of the care team in a variety of work settings.


  • Recognize, understand and be respectful of individual rights in the delivery of health care and promote autonomy in making informed decisions about their health.


  • Deliver effective communication (both verbal and written) and build positive interpersonal relationships with patients, clients, families and members of the health care team.


  • Provide direct hands on care in promoting autonomy, while maintaining dignity, comfort and safety; respond to the mental, emotional and social needs of individuals in care.


  • Appropriately recognize and report any changes or concerns to an individuals health status to health care team members, including effective documentation within the responsibilities of their role.


  • Perform practical skills confidently, safely and effectively.


  • Understand the  general principles associated with theoretical concepts presented.


  • Utilize critical thinking and an informed problem-solving approach within their roles and responsibilities.


  • Maintain confidentiality of all information related to an individual's care and become familiar with the Personal Health Information Act.


  • Work in a professional manner and demonstrate responsibility for job performance and recognizing and responding to own self-development and learning needs.

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