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Health Care Aide - eSTEP (Employed Student Tutored Education Program)

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Program Description

If you are a non-certified Health Care Aide seeking certification, Northern Lakes College's Health Care Aide eSTEP Program is for you. The Employed Student Tutored Education Program (eSTEP) is an online, distance-delivered program designed to provide employed students with the support they require to gain certification as a Health Care Aide. There are two student 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. On completing the required six theory courses, learners are required to write a HCA Provincial Exam to obtain a Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate.

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Oct 01, 2021 - Sep 30, 2022 - NLC Anytime, Anywhere - Available Anywhere
Mar 01, 2022 - Feb 28, 2023 - NLC Anytime, Anywhere - Available Anywhere

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Program Length

38 weeks

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Academic Requirements

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. Additionally, students may apply for recognition of prior learning for clinical components completed in the workplace.

Other Requirements

Students must present letters from their employers as proof of employment.

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