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Assistance in Health Care Facilities – 5316 (French)

CDI College’s Assistance in Health Care Facilities - 5316 program helps students develop a solid background in techniques and methods to provide support to people living in residential care and other assisted living facilities. The program offers in-depth training so students develop the core competencies needed to function in the field and develop the personal attitudes related to the profession.

Program Objectives 
With the help of an intervention plan, this program trains the student to provide care, assistance and services related to the needs of a patient of any age. The students also learn to welcome and integrate persons in the care unit, provide care and comfort specific to the context of the unit, that is, they adapt the basic care and services to the client’s condition as well as to the apparatus required.

This program is taught in French. It is also offered in English (Assistance in Health Care Facilities - 5816).


To be admitted to this curriculum, student must meet one of the following conditions:
  • Secondary V diploma or its recognized equivalent OR
  • Be at least 16 years old on the 30 September of the school year and pass the third secondary units in first and second language, as well as in mathematics according to the programs established by the Minister OR
  • Be at least 18 years old when entering the program and have the following prerequisites: past a general development test and the FRA3103-1 (FRA3051-1) language test or recognition of equivalent learning.
  • Pass the College admission test.

NB The requirement regarding simultaneity is not applicable to this category.


To graduate, students must obtain the required pass mark in each course.

This vocational program leads to a DEP (diplôme d'études professionnelles) recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement Supérieur (MEES) (Permit 528500).
This program is offered in English or French.

Program Courses

251-602 - Care Unit Procedures

Pre-operative and post-operative care, post-mortem care, documentation in the workplace.

251-472 - The Occupation and Training Process

Information regarding the job. Information on the training project. Assessment of the professional career choice.

251-483 - Client Needs

Awareness of the various stages of child development. Characteristics of the teenager and the young adult. Familiarization with different aspects of adult life. Familiarization with the process of normal aging. Recognizing the whole person when administering care. Recognizing the potential of a person.

251-492 - Infections and Contamination

Recognition of the means put forward in public health. Mode of transmission of micro-organisms. Common communicable diseases. Infection prevention measures. Recognize ways to prevent contamination. Recognize the body's defense mechanisms.

251-502 - Workplace Ethics

Knowledge of the laws affecting the practice of the profession. Knowledge of the requirements of the profession in terms of professional behavior. Assessment of attitudes towards professional behavior.

251-522 - The Helping Relationship

Awareness of various aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication (role-play). Familiarization with the principles and basic techniques of communication. Familiarization with the special approach techniques for different types of beneficiaries.

251-532 - Team Interaction

Implementation of communication principles and techniques in the workplace. Recognition of factors influencing teamwork. The consensus problem-solving approach.

251-543 - Physical Illnesses and Disabilities

Recognition of observations made and precautions to be taken in the presence of the following types of diseases: diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the cardiorespiratory system, the urinary and reproductive system, the digestive system, and the immune system. Recognition of observations to be made and precautions to be taken in relation to alterations of the sensory system.

251-554 - Mental Health Approaches

Adopt relational approaches for people with mental health problems, cognitive deficits, or intellectual disabilities.

251-568 - Basic Care Procedures

Use of hygiene and asepsis procedures: washing hands, wearing gloves, gowns, masks. Execution of the techniques relating to the bed. Execution of the techniques related to the activities of daily life of the person, such as personal hygiene, food, elimination, clothing, hydration, and mobilization. Principles of safe movement of beneficiaries (PDSB).

251-572 - First Aid

General intervention procedure in an emergency situation. Application of first aid procedures in cases of changes in consciousness, bleeding, allergic reaction, medical problems, fractures, and wounds. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedure. Defibrillation.

251-581 - Palliative Care

Considering the needs of the person at the end of their life and of those close to them – i.e. stages of mourning. Consideration of his attitudes towards palliative care. Establishing a relationship of trust with the person at the end of their life.

251-591 - Job Search Techniques

Introduction to job search techniques. Writing a resume. The job interview. Simulation of job interviews.  

251-617 - Long-Term Basic Care and Services

Introduction to working with a semi-autonomous elderly person who has had a significant loss of autonomy. Progressive integration into the care team.

251-624 - Basic Mental Health Care and Services

Participation in interventions by the care team.

251-635 - Short-Term Basic Care and Services

Patient assistance in medical treatments. Preoperative or postoperative patient assistance. Surveillance rounds. Patient assistance for elimination care, feeding, and mobilization care. Reception, transfer, and leave of the beneficiary.

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