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Health Care Aide Certificate

Next program start dates:
Monday, November 9, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
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Latest Learning Equipment
Students have access to a state-of-the-art laboratory for practical learning
Extra Program Add-ons
Extensive post-program training for various certifications that students can add-on
In-City Practicums
Our students receive automatic placements at transit-accessible facilities in Calgary
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Health Care Aide Certificate

Length

30 Weeks 3 Week Advance Courses 8 Week Practicum

Location

Calgary Campus

Offered

Classroom Blended

Available

Morning Evening Weekend

Health Care Aide Certificate

Program Overview

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Health Care Aide Certificate Description

Students of ABM College's Health Care Aide Certification program will obtain skills in the basics of human anatomy, medical terminology, chronic conditions, palliative care, and much more. This intensive program provides academic health care knowledge in eight months and includes practical experience through an extended and integrative practicum experience.

Health Care Aide graduates pursue careers in a variety of clinical and care settings, and work with ill or elderly patients with mental health issues, dementia, and patients with special needs. Working environments for Health Care Aides encompass a wide variety of settings including home care agencies, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, long-term care, government agencies, and group homes.

Course Certifications

To give ABM College Health Care Aide graduates an upper hand in the industry, we provide students with the following additional certifications:

  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention (CPI)
  • Advanced Medication
  • Foot Care & Palliative Care
  • National Food Safety (5 years)
  • Supportive Pathways (Carewest)
  • Point of Care e-Documentation  
  • It's Your Move

Career Opportunities

  • Health Care Aide
  • Home Support Worker
  • Caregiver
  • Residential Aide
  • Client Care Attendant

Salary Range

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*: 1. Grade 11 English Language Arts, 20-2 level course with a minimum score of 60% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or English 20-1 with a minimum score of 60% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum score of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test) 2. Basic knowledge of computer and technology tools

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*: 1. Grade 11 English Language Arts, 20-2 level course with a minimum score of 60% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or English 20-1 with a minimum score of 60% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum score of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test) 2. Basic knowledge of computer and technology tools

Detailed Requirements

*Admission Requirements set by Government of Alberta *If your first language is not English and you have not completed high school in Canada, please download and read the detailed program admission requirements
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I have had a very good experience with ABM College. The campus has a huge facility, located close to Franklin station, providing easy access. The college has excellent teaching equipment and they really emphasize hands-on training. The lab is world class, its Health Care Aide lab is the best in Calgary. It is an exceptional place to study. And they all really have your best interest in mind. It is very multicultural too, making it easy to adapt and make friends. 10/10 would recommend.

Mashius Salam

Course Components

1. HCA Role & Responsibility

Course Description: During this course, you will focus on the role and responsibilities of a health careaide working in a variety of employment settings.

2. The Human Body, Hleath & Chroic Illness

Course Description: This course focuses on the study of the systems that make up the human body and discusses the milestones of growth and development across the lifespan.

3. Communication & Documentation in the Health Care Environment

Course Description: This course will focus on the role and responsibilities of the health care aide when communicating effectively as a member of the collaborative care team.

4. Providing Person-Centered Care & Comfort

Course Description: During this course, you will learn the basic care skills that will allow you to givesafe and efficient care to your clients.

5. Clinical Placement

Course Description: During this clinical placement, you will experience the role of the health care aide by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional. You will have the opportunity to work in a continuing care setting such as homecare, supportive living (designated supportive living or DSL), senior lodges, long-term care, and group homes.

6. Meeting Complex Care Needs

Course Description: This course builds on the foundational skills and concepts introduced in previous courses and also introduces new skills such as medication assistance

7. Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions

Course Description: This course discusses care strategies for assisting diverse client groups such as clients with a mental health diagnosis and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities.

8. Clinical Placement 2

Course Description: During the second clinical placement, you will experience the role of the health care aide by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of health-care settings such as continuing care or acute care.

9. Consolidated Clinical Placement

Course Description: 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 and buddied with an unregulated health-care professional. You will work in a variety of health-care settings such as continuing care or acute care.

Optional - Business Communication

Course Description: This course helps students explore and understand the role of communication in professional business settings. Attention is given to workplace culture, interpersonal and team communication, technology, professional presentations, research, meetings, and professional writing grounded in communication and business theory.

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