Health Care Aide
Do you care about helping others? This accessible and flexible program prepares you to become a vital member of a health care team providing care to clients of all ages. Health Care Aides assist professional nurses in acute care, continuing care, long-term care, home care, and assisted living settings. Students are required to pass a provincial standard exam in order to receive certification.
At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Health Care Aide program is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:
- Delivered online, through Supported Distance Learning with face-to-face lab components
- Students have 24/7 access to recorded lectures, course materials, discussion forums, and learning activities.
- Apply as a full-time student only
For full-time students starting in September 2022, the application deadline is June 30. Late applications will be accepted if there are seats available in the program. Apply early!
This program is available to high school students. Talk to your high school counsellor for more information.
Learn more about Dual Credit.
Costs associated with travel to attend onsite lab sessions and the practicums are the student's responsibility. Participation and attendance to the lab sessions and completion of the practicums are mandatory for successful program completion. The dates for the onsite sessions and the clinical practicums are not yet determined, and will be updated on the Northern Lakes College website when available.
September – June
Graduates have gained successful employment as a Health Care Aide, Health Care Assistant, and Mental Health Aide.
Applications now open for classes starting September 2022!
Are you a non-certified Health Care Aide seeking certification? NLC offers the Health Care Aide Employed Student Tutored Education Program (eSTEP). This program allows employed students to gain additional work experience in a clinical setting that may be eligible for practicum credits. Successful graduates earn a Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate.
There are two intakes per year, October and March. You can start the 1st day of October or March as long as you are registered by the 10th day of the previous month. You will continue to gain work experience in the clinical setting, and that experience may be eligible for practicum credits. You will have one year to complete the program. Upon completing the required six theory courses, learners are required to write a Health Care Aide Provincial Exam to obtain a Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate.
October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022
March 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023
Graduates are able to work as important members of the health care team in acute care, continuing care, long-term care, home care, and assisted living settings.