Health Care Aide

This 485-hour program (285 hours in the classroom and 200 hours in practice-based experiences) will prepare you to become a vital member of the healthcare team. Health Care Aides (HCA) perform such duties as assisting individuals in meeting basic needs and activities of daily living. Employment opportunities exist in long-term care, community settings, assisted living and acute care. The Health Care Aide program delivers the Alberta Provincial Curriculum that includes theory and practice-based experiences.

Your future starts here if you:

  • have a caring attitude and are understanding and non-judgmental
  • are able to work as a team member and dependable
  • are interested in supporting those in need with personal assistance
  • can communicate effectively
  • have good organizational and time management skills
Health Care Aide: At-a-Glance
485 Hours
September, January
Health Care Aide Certificate

This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances, for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

The Health Care Aide program is equivalent to the Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum of Alberta.

Health Care Aide - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$4,410$770$351
Year 2Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Contact Us

Program Office:  
• 403.320.3310
Office of the Program Chair:
• 403.320.3202 Ext. 5449
Office of the Dean:
• 403.320.3403
Centre for Health and Wellness Placement Office:
• 403.320.3202 Ext. 5380

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