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Health Care Aide

February 4, 2021

HealthCareAide_web.jpgThe Health Care Aide program is designed to provide students with the practical and theoretical skills necessary to assist clients with their physical and emotional needs in a compassionate and caring manner. Students will develop a rudimentary understanding of anatomy and physiology, along with the effects of aging and disease upon the clients and families. Students will learn and practice the basic nursing skills and communication skills needed to function effectively and competently as a Health Care Aide.  

Career Opportunities

Students graduate from the program with a WRHA recognized Health Care Aide certificate and are qualified to work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, personal care homes and home care. The employment prospects are excellent with casual, part-time and full-time positions available. The average starting salary is approximately $18.00/hr.

Course Description

The program runs from September till June. 

The first approximately four months of the course are divided between the classroom and the HCA lab to allow students to obtain the preliminary knowledge and skills needed to begin their clinical experience.  

Following this, the students will begin their clinical experience. They will have the opportunity to do two different placements, one in a hospital and one in a long term care facility for three days a week, from Monday to Wednesday. Students will gain practical experience working directly with clients, while partnered with a HCA staff member. Thursday and Friday are spent in the classroom and lab continuing to work on theory and skills. 

Self-reflection and critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the course. 

Students also receive certificates in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Level C CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Provider and Manitoba Food Handler Certificate and P.I.E.C.E.S. Certificate along with other various workshops. 

Topics to be Studied Include:

Activities of Daily Living
Anatomy and Physiology
Canadian Health Care System
Common Diseases and Conditions
Clients in the Community
Growth and Development/Working with Families
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Health Care
Medical Terminology
Palliative Care
Clinical Experience

Are you interested in the Health Care Aide Program, if so check out the following document for more information on the necessary criteria required for enrollment in the HCA Program:
icpdf.pngRB Russell HCA Criteria for enrollment.pdf

Want more information, contact the instructor
Instructor: Cheryl Lecuyer
Telephone: (204) 589-5301 ext: 599


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