Health Care Aide Certificate (Full-Time)
After 4 months of full-time on-campus study, candidates will earn a Bow Valley College / Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate.
This program focuses on developing the core skills needed to care for clients in the health care field. Topics include personal care, assisting with mobility and feeding needs, communication, assisting with medication delivery, and clinical skills.
Program delivery combines on-campus labs, classroom learning, and clinical instruction in long-term care, acute care and community/home care settings. Clinical shifts may include days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends.
Due to the popularity of this program, it is recommended to apply at least 4 months prior to the program start date.
Students will be required to travel to various locations in order to complete their clinical and practicum placements. Every effort is made to accommodate students in clinical placements within the time frame of the program, however in rare instances there may be a delay in program completion until a clinical placement can be arranged.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Refer to the Program Tuition Fee Chart
for an estimate of the cost of completing a Bow Valley College career program. When creating a budget, consider the costs of tuition, student fees, textbooks, learning materials, and police information check fees. Attend a Financial Aid Information Session
for advice on financing a Bow Valley College education.
Courses in ProgramCurriculum is subject to change.
|Communication in the Health Care Environment (HHC0291)
|Structure and Function of the Human Body - Health and Chronic Illness (HHC0248)
|Working as a Health Care Aide (HHC0290)
|Providing Client Care and Comfort (HHC0249)
|Meeting Complex Care Needs (HHC0292)
|Special Activities for Diverse Clients (HHC0293)
|Assist with Medication Delivery (HHC0260)
|Client Care Clinical Experience (HHC0252)
|Client Care Practicum (HHC0251)
- Credit in either English 10-1 or 10-2 or equivalent
- Successful completion of the General Equivalency Development test (GED) with a standard score of 450 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing
- Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test
English Language Proficiency Requirements
- Current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date in order to maintain a seat in the program. The existence of a criminal record will likely postpone or prevent practicum placement or employment as a Health Care Aide. Updated PICs must be submitted every 6 months.
- Immunization Requirements must be met prior to participating in practicum placements. Details will be provided after being accepted into the program. Up-to-date immunizations are valid for the duration of the program.
- A current CPR Healthcare Provider Level Certificate is recommended and often required by employers.
- Applicants must be able to work shifts and weekends, be on their feet for extended periods of time, use their knees, back, and arms to move clients who have minimal body strength and function effectively in stressful situations.