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Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you genuinely care about helping others? Do you want a rewarding career that is in high demand? As a graduate of the Health Care Aide program, you can work as a vital member of the health care team, assisting regulated members in providing care to clients of all ages. Health Care Aides may work in acute care, continuing care, long-term care, home care, and assisted living settings. Our Health Care Aide Program follows the 2019 Government of Alberta provincial curriculum and includes both theory and practical experiences. This program is accessible, flexible, and delivered in a manner to support each student's individual success.

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Program Locations

Sep 05, 2023 - Jun 21, 2024 - NLC Anytime, Anywhere - Available Anywhere
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Program Year


Program Length:

38 Weeks

Program Type

Health Care Aide

Program Delivery

This program is offered using a blended, distance delivery model. The courses are online, supported by computer-based lectures through D2L. Students have access to recorded lectures, course materials, discussion forums, learning activities on Brightspace. There are also practical components in the program which include face-to-face lab sessions, and clinical practicums. 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 TBD and will be updated on the Northern Lakes College website when available.

To learn more about Brightspace and to experience using it, check out this guide:

A clear Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check must have been obtained within 90 days and proof submitted upon acceptance to the program. Presence of an unclear Criminal Record or Vulnerable Sector Check may impede your ability to complete the practicum required for successful completion of the program and may be a barrier in securing employment as an HCA after graduation. Applicants are required to be fit for practice in the various capacities of the role. The applicant must be in good physical, emotional and psychological health. An up-to-date Immunization Record must be submitted prior to the practicum placement. Although the Canadian Heart and Stroke CPR certification is not a requirement for admission into the HCA program it is recommended.

Credit in English 20-2 (60%) or equivalent.
Credit in Math 20 or equivalent is strongly recommended.
If academic requirements are not met it will be necessary for students to complete an ACCUPLACER assessment.

Students may apply for recognition of prior learning for courses successfully completed in the Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Curriculum Certificate (2019) at institutions who are licensed to offer the Alberta Health (2019) Provincial Curriculum.

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