Location
Start Dates

  • January 08 2018
  • May 03 2018
  • August 30 2018
Duration

1Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $2,424
International: CAD $7,000

All labs are held at Calgary Main Campus.

Program Description

Through a variety of delivery options, you can 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. 

Bow Valley College offers the Health Care Aide Certificate in three delivery options:

  • Full-time, on-campus study over a four-month period
  • Part-time, with a maximum of 18 months to complete
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): you may be eligible to challenge the courses in the Health Care Aide (HCA) program if you have work experience as a health care aide or caregiver and wish to meet provincial health care aide certification requirements. 

You will learn in a combination of on-campus labs, online or in-class learning, and clinical instruction in continuing 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, we recommend you apply at least eight months prior to the program start date.

Clinical experience

You will be required to travel to various locations in order to complete your clinical and practicum placements. Every effort is made to accommodate learners 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, learner fees, textbooks, learning materials, and police information check fees. Attend a financial aid information session for advice on financing a Bow Valley College education.

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Credit in either English 10-1 or 10-2 or equivalent

Or

  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test with a standard score of 450 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing

Or

  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test 
English language proficiency requirements

See English language proficiency requirements for details.

Pre-practicum requirements
  • A current Police Information Check (PIC) with Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or field work placements, and, subsequently, successful completion of the program.
  • Immunization requirements must be met in order to participate 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.
Additional recommendations
  • Basic Life Support CPR 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.
Transferability

You can transfer to the Bow Valley College – Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate Program.

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change. 

Required Courses

Includes theory, lab, and clinical courses

This course will focus on safety - safety of the client, the health care worker and the work environment in a variety of employment settings. The course provides information that will result in safe care, based on the needs of the client.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

In this course, the twelve systems that make up the human body will be studied and the milestones of growth and development across a lifetime will be discussed. The concepts of healthy aging and maintaining independence will also be addressed. Learners will gain knowledge about the most common chronic conditions the Health Care Aide may encounter and how to provide safe care based on best practices according the client's diagnosis, needs, and care plan.

Course Delivery:

This course will focus on the roles and responsibilities of a health care aide working in a variety of employment settings, as well as professional communication with other team members, clients and client families. The health care environment requires competent verbal, written and electronic skills. Strategies for overcoming communication barriers caused by disease and aging will be discussed. In addition, the course will provide problem solving strategies and tools to handle conflict.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

This course encompasses the skills needed to assist clients with daily grooming, hygiene, bathing, elimination, bed making, and nutritional needs. Learners in this course will learn to support clients to maintain independence and to meet their care needs according to individual care plans. This course is designed to develop confidence and competence while providing basic client care.
Pre- or Co-Requisites: HCAD1101, HCAD1102 and HCAD1103 (B- in each).

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

This course includes comprehensive materials to prepare the learner to assist with medication delivery within the scope of practice of the Health Care Aide.
Pre-requisites: HCAD1101, HCAD1102, HCAD1103 and HCAD1104 (B- in each)

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Any-time Online In Class

The skills introduced in this course are sometimes referred to as advanced skills for Health Care Aides. The opportunity to learn the skills for supporting care activities such as ostomy care, respiratory care, catheter care, tube feeds, and vital signs are taught in this course.
Pre-requisites: HCAD1101, HCAD1102, HCAD1103 and HCAD1104 (B- in each)

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

Health Care Aides may have the opportunity to work with families to provide care for infants and children. Information and skills to assist with these care assignments are included in this course, as are care strategies for assisting other diverse client groups, such as clients with a mental health diagnosis, developmental delays, and physical disabilities. Course information will provide the learner with care strategies to support the client, the client's family, and self through the process of a client's dying and death.
Pre-requisites: HCAD1101, HCAD1102, HCAD1103 and HCAD1104 (B- in each)

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

This course provides opportunity for the learner to incorporate and demonstrate previously acquired skills in a hands-on setting. For three weeks in an extended care setting, a facilitator supervises and guides the learner in the application of skills and knowledge.
Prerequisites: HCAD1201, HCAD1202 and HCAD1203 (B- in each)

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course provides a two-week opportunity for the learner to adapt learned skills to an acute home/community setting under the direct supervision of a preceptor.
Prerequisite: HCAD1301

Course Delivery:
In Class

Program FAQs

The full-time program at the Calgary Campus (or at a regional site if available) is 16 weeks (in-class study).

Almost every course contains a lab component and a theory component. Learners can expect to spend one and a half days per week in the lab and three and a half days per week in the classroom covering theory.  The program is divided into three “blocks.” The courses in Block 1 must be completed before moving onto Block 2. Block 1 is seven weeks of theory/lab, Block 2 is four weeks of theory/lab, and Block 3 is five weeks of clinical (three weeks of instructor-led clinical and two weeks of preceptored experience.) The schedule for the clinical is determined by the clinical site and could include shift work. Learners are expected to treat the clinical like a job and are expected to be flexible and make necessary childcare or work arrangements. Bow Valley College arranges these placements.

Classes are normally scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Learners can expect to spend an additional two hours per day working on homework. Attendance at the Calgary campus is crucial, since the program emphasizes hands-on skills training in the lab. We do not recommend working full-time while you are completing this program.

Learners who fail a course must retake that course.  Courses require a grade of 70% to pass, and clinical courses are graded a pass or fail. Different courses have a variety of assessments.  There are no rewrites on exams.

The College must maintain a certain instructor-to-learner ratio for the placements and preceptorships (for example, one instructor per eight learners). Placements are set up based on availability and learners must be flexible regarding the location and scheduling of the clinical placement. Learners are expected to treat the clinical like a job. Bow Valley College arranges these placements, and learners may be required to travel to various locations in Southern Alberta.

Graduates of a provincially-recognized health care aide program may qualify for advanced credit in the Practical Nurse Diploma program. To be considered for transfer credit, learners must have completed the Health Care Aide Certificate program and must have completed 1,900 hours of work experience as a recognized health care aide. Graduates of the Health Care Aide Certificate program may be eligible to receive credit for three nursing courses. For more information, visit the transfer credit page.

Book lists and costs can be found on the Bow Valley College Bookstore website.

The Bow Valley College Health Care Aide program follows the Alberta Health curriculum. Bow Valley College has an excellent reputation with the provincial government and our graduates are preferred when applying for health care aide jobs in the Calgary area because they are work-ready, and have met our high standards.

Health care aides are currently in high demand. For the employment outlook for this profession, visit the Alberta government’s Alberta Occupational Profile (OCCinfo) page.

For information on general application and admissions processes, visit the General FAQ page or contact the Student Advising Centre at 403-410-1402.

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