This self-paced program focuses on helping you develop 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. Upon completion, you will earn a Bow Valley College/Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate.
This program combines on-campus lab study, online theory components, and five weeks of full-time clinical practicum in continuing care, acute care, and community/home care settings.
Depending on the number of courses you take at one time, you will need to attend on-campus labs up to five or six times per month. It is recommended you take two or three courses per four-month semester, which allows for you to complete the program in 18 months.
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. Contact the Financial Aid team for advice on financing a Bow Valley College education.
- Credit in either English 10-1 or 10-2 or equivalent
- Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, which consists of five tests, with a standard score of 450 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
English language proficiency requirements
See English language proficiency requirements for details.
- 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.
- 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.
You can transfer to the Bow Valley College – Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate Program.