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 as a Health Care Aide.
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.
The program is run once a year for ten months
each, with a start date in September.
The ﬁrst fifteen weeks of the course are divided between
the classroom and the nursing 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 for the Health Care, first aide
Provider, and Manitoba food handler certificate.
Topics to be Studied Include:
• Activities of Daily Living
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Growth and Development
• Interpersonal Communication
• Introduction to Health Care
• Medical Terminology
• Palliative Care
• Clinical Experience