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Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum

Health Care Aides provide personal assistance and support services for people who require short and long-term care. CDI College can train you on how to work with clients who have complex medical needs such as chronic medical conditions, physical or cognitive disabilities, functional deficits that interfere with day-to-day activities, and end-of-life care.

In the 27-week program, you'll learn how to interact directly with the client, providing them with physical assistance as well as the emotional and psychological support to help them get through the difficult time.

Your courses will cover essential topics including communication skills, the human body and development, medication assistance, personal care, and more.

To solidify your new knowledge, you'll also complete valuable clinical placements before you graduate.

Program Courses

AB-HCA1 - HCA Role & Responsibility

During this course, you will focus on the role and responsibilities of a health care aide working in a variety of employment settings. The focus of this course is to share information that will result in safe, ethical, and respectful care based on the needs of the client.

AB-HCA2 - The Human Body, Health & Chronic Illness

This course focuses on the study of the systems that make up the human body and discusses the milestones of growth and development across the lifespan. It is an introduction to foundational knowledge of the most common of the chronic illnesses that a health care aide may encounter

AB-HCA3 - Communication & Documentation in the Health Care Environment

This course will focus on the role and responsibilities of the health care aide when communicating effectively as a member of the collaborative care team. Strong communication skills are an important part of being a successful health care aide.

AB-HCA4 - Providing Person-Centred Care & Comfort

During this course, you will learn the basic care skills that will allow you to give safe and efficient care to your clients. Providing personal grooming and hygiene care to your clients is an intimate and highly personal experience. During the theory and lab elements of this course, you will learn to approach this care in a professional and compassionate manner.

AB-HCA5 - Clinical Placement 1

During this clinical placement you will experience the role of the health care aide by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional. You will have the opportunity to work in a continuing care setting such as home care, supportive living (designated supportive living or DSL), senior lodges, long term care, and group homes.

AB-HCA6 - Meeting Complex Care Needs

This course builds on the foundational skills and concepts introduced in previous courses and also introduces new skills such as medication assistance. Learners will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to learn advanced skills such as active and passive range-of-motion exercises, ostomy care, respiratory care, catheter care, and tube feeds. In addition, accurate measurement of vital signs is demonstrated, practised, and assessed.

AB-HCA7 - Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions

This course discusses care strategies for assisting diverse client groups such as clients with a mental health diagnosis and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities.

AB-HCA8 - Clinical Placement 2

During the second clinical placement, you will experience the role of the health care aide by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of health-care settings such as continuing care or acute care.

AB-HCA9 - Consolidated Clinical Placement

This is the final clinical placement course where you will practise the role of the health care aide by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional and buddied with an unregulated health-care professional. You will work in a variety of health-care settings such as continuing care or acute care.

AB-HCAFX - HCA Provincial Examination

HCA Provincial Examination details will be provided by the Ministry of Heath, once available.

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Colleen learned from friendly and patient instructors who helped her to succeed as a student and start her health care career.

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