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Health Care Aide

 
 
The Health Care Aide Program

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 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 is runs from September till June. 

The first approximately three 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.  

Students will have two different placements, spending three days a week at a clinical facility working directly with clients to gain practical experience and two days a week in the classroom. 

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 along with other various workshops. 

Topics to be Studied Include:

Activities of Daily Living
Anatomy and Physiology
Clients in the Community
Gerontology
Growth and Development/Family
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Health Care
Medical Terminology
Palliative Care
Safety
Clinical Experience


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