Health Care Aide Certificate

The Health Care Aide program will prepare the student to become a vital member of the healthcare team. The Health Care Aide (HCA) assists professional nurses in performing activities of daily living including long-term care, home care and assisted living. The Health Care Aide program utilizes the materials of the Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum that includes both theory and practical experience. Students gain a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and development across the lifespan. They also learn about interpersonal communications, behavior management, chronic conditions, death and dying, and health and wellness. Students learn about home support, working within the school system and recreational program planning as well. Data collection is also covered.

Health Care Worker Certificate AOLCC

Academy of Learning Career College has supplemented this Health Care Aide program with First Aid, the prestigious Lou Tice “Thought Patterns for a Successful Career“, and “Job Search and Resume Writing” Skills along with job placement assistance. In order to graduate, students must participate in three practicum placements (Preceptored Clinical Practice, Preceptored in Facility and Supervised Clinical Practice) where they will apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills and gain hands-on experience.

Duties & Responsibilities

Health Care Aides are expected to co-operate with all members of the health team, practice universal precautions, maintain a clean working environment, assist with care plans, effectively perform basic nursing skills, and observe intelligently and report accurately on residents of care facilities.

Career Opportunities

Training in the Health Care Aide Program provides the opportunity for students to develop basic nursing and social service training skills necessary for employment in one of the following settings:

  • community health care agencies
  • long-term health care facilities
  • retirement homes, group homes
  • private hospitals, private duty
  • adult daycares
  • hospices
  • complex care
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Program Outline

Health Care Theory 1 includes the following  topics:
Working as a Health Care Aide 

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

Communication in the Health Care Environment

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

Structure and Function of the Human Body – Health and Chronic Illness

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

Providing Client Care and Comfort

  • Client Grooming and Personal Hygiene
  • Bathing the Client
  • Assist with Elimination
  • Bed Making
  • Assist with Client Mobility
  • Positions, Transfers, and Lifts
  • Assisting at Mealtime
Health Care Theory 2 includes the following topics:
Meeting Complex Care Needs

  • 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 Medication Delivery

Special Activities for Diverse Clients

  • 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
Job Search and Résumé Writing provides students with both traditional and innovative job-search techniques and résumé writing skills required to gain employment in today’s competitive marketplace. The course combines theoretical, how-to information with hands-on practical applications. Students are required to draw on their own experiences to identify work preferences, accomplishments, technical and transferable skills, and to research, organize, and analyze information; and to apply their knowledge in a series of job search preparation and implementation tasks.
In the Personal Computer Fundamentals for End Users course, students learn about the components and basic operation of the personal computer. The content in this course is both conceptual and practical, and is intended to provide students with a working knowledge of computing. Students explore hardware troubleshooting, file management, multimedia options, and browsing the Internet.
The course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.
In order to graduate, students must participate in three practicum placements (Preceptored Clinical Practice, Preceptored in Facility and Supervised Clinical Practice) where they will apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills and gain hands-on experience.