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Health Care Aide

April 4, 2024

HealthCareAide_web.jpgPROGRAM OBJECTIVE
The 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 throughout all stages of life in a compassionate and competent manner. Self reflection and critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the course.


People who are interested in caring for others, are compassionate and patient, good problem solvers and want to learn the skills necessary to enter the health care field. Students need to be over 18, have a clean criminal record check (vulnerable sector), adult and child abuse record check, have completed grade 12 and IELTS level of 6 or CLB of level 7. Immunizations must be up to date before clinical.

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 first five 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. The certificates required by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for clinical will be completed during this time.

Students begin their clinical experience. They will have the opportunity to do three different placements in hospitals and long term care facilities for three days a  week.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday they will attend clinical from approximately 7 am to 3:30 pm. They will gain practical experience working directly with clients, while partnered with a HCA staff member. 

The other two days in the week, Thursday and Friday, will be in the classroom from 9am to 2:20 pm continuing with theory.

Students also receive certificates in Level C CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Provider and Manitoba Food Handler Certificate along with other various workshops. 


10 months (September – June) Classroom: 9am-2:20pm, Monday to Friday  and during Clinical: 7:00am – 3:30pm


Health Care Aide certificate recognized by the WRHA which allows graduates to apply for any job listed as a Health Care Aide or Home Care Attendant.

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


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