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Health Care Aide Program

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.

Program Details:

  • Role of the Health Care Aide
  • Legislation
  • Functioning Effectively as a Team Member
  • Environmental Safety
  • Client Safety
  • Self Care and Safety

  • Person to Person Communication
  • Communication Impairments and Related Strategies
  • Dealing with Problems and Conflict
  • Documentation

  • Body Systems and Function
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Healthy Aging and Independence
  • Chronic Conditions

  • Client Grooming and Personal Hygiene
  • Bathing the Client
  • Assist with Elimination
  • Bed Making
  • Assist with Client Mobility
  • Positions, Transfers, and Lifts
  • Assisting at Mealtime

  • 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

  • Assisting with Medication Delivery

  • 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

Key facts


June 25 & September 3


Total: 21 weeks

Theory and Lab practice (13 weeks)
Clinical Practicum experience (8 weeks)



Semi full-time instructor led program

  • 3 days per week: Tuesday – Thursday (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Clinical Practicum

  • 4 days per week: Tuesday – Friday (Full Daytime Shifts)

Tuition and fees


$ 7360

Books and suplies

$ 425

Mandatory fees

$ 100

Tuition and fees total

$ 7885

*Students in this program may be eligible for Alberta Government Funding.

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