Health Care Aide

22 Weeks | 485 Total Hrs | 285 Hrs Theory | 200 Hrs Field Placement

Program Summary

Certified Health Care Aides assist nurses and other members of a health care team in the basic care of residents and patients. Primarily, health care aides assist with and provide the personal care and other daily activities necessary to ensure patients maintaining their maximum potential for independence and self-direction.

This one-year certification program utilizes the Government of Alberta’s provincial curriculum, and covers a variety of healthcare essentials, including caring for patients with chronic or complex illnesses, medication delivery and special activity planning.


Health Care Assistant certificate program students complete their education with 200 hours of practicum experience in an institution (a long term care facility).


Certified Health Care Aides find employment in a variety of health care facilities, including long term care facilities—such as nursing homes, homes for the aged, and retirement homes—group homes and hospice centres, day-care and day-away programs, and in private homes by home care visiting agencies and private individuals.