Health Care Aide Courses at MaKami College

Health Care Aide Training Programs

Start Working as a Health Care Aide in Under a Year!

Right now there is a huge demand for health care aides in Alberta, due to the growth in an ageing population.

Health Care Aides can work in hospitals, supportive care facilities, and assisted living housing facilities, providing important assistance to a wide variety of patients including the elderly, and injured or disabled persons who require support and care.

MaKami College offers the Health Care Aide Program using the newest curriculum available from the Government of Alberta. Get a job as a Health Care Aide immediately and earn as much as $25 an hour!

Is the Health Care Aide Program Right for You?

If you’re ready for a career where you can truly make a difference in someone’s life, then the Health Care Aide program is right for you. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff have worked as professionals in the field and can provide the hands-on training so you can confidently enter into the Health Care Aide field.

About the Health Care Aide Program

Our Health Care Aide Program follows the Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum and is regulated by Alberta Health. We offer the only 40 week - 735 hour - program in Alberta. Your training includes a clinical job practicum so you can gain the real-life experience needed to succeed after graduation. Our experienced instructors have worked as health professionals in the field, such as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). They have the ability to teach you our cutting-edge health care program so you can confidently work in any setting.

MaKami College’s Health Care Aide Program offers an iPad-based curriculum with realistic, interactive graphics to help you fully understand how the body works. With the latest iPad you'll have the ability to translate documents into multiple languages, so even if English is not your first language you still have the potential to be successful!

The purpose of the HCA curriculum is to standardize the education and training of HCAs in Alberta. It is designed to prepare learners for a certification as unregulated care providers to work in a variety of career settings. The curriculum ensures that students are equipped with the required knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care. The first provincial HCA Curriculum came into effect in 2005 and was refreshed in 2010 with reviews occurring in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The HCA Provincial Curriculum (2019) was updated to align with the HCA Competency Profile (2018). The HCA Provincial curriculum (2019) was prepared by a team of individuals with expertise in nursing, education, project management, copyright regulations, document editing, formatting, and curriculum design. The content and/or theory will be reviewed on an annual basis and is dependent upon feedback from all key stakeholders, but particularly the instructors of the HCA Provincial Curriculum.

What You’ll Learn

Our program runs in 2 semesters. The first semester is comprised of 5 courses including a 4-week Clinical Placement.

The second semester is comprised of 4 courses, 2 of which are Clinical Placements.

The newest Health Care Aide program is available at both our Edmonton and Calgary Campuses.

There are 9 main courses in the curriculum:

1) Health Care Aide Role & Responsibility
2) The Human Body, Health and Chronic Illness
3) Communication in the Halthy Care Environment
4) Providing Person-Centred Care & Comfort
5) Clinical Placement I
6) Meeting Complex Care Needs
7) Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions
8) Clinical Placement II
9) Clinical Placement III

This program has 40 weeks - 10 months, 735 total hours of training fit into 9 courses over 2 semesters.

3 of the courses are clinical placements totaling 360 hours, 6 courses are a mix of theory and lab totaling 375 hours.

Classroom Training

You'll cover the basics of the role of a Health Care Aide, build practical skills, assessment techniques and manual applications. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a successful health care aide in any setting.

Health Care Aide Curriculum

Clinical Placements

The new 2019 Government of Alberta program contains 3 clinical placements that total 360 hours of the program.

The first 2 placements are instructor led experiences with employers where you can learn to effectively apply your classroom and lab training.

The third clinical placement is an opportunity for students to work alongside another HCA and get immediate feedback on the skills you need to succeed as a Health Care Aide.

Health Care Aide Program FAQs

Student Life at MaKami College

Going back to school is easy at MaKami College. Health care aide students are able to access the resources and take advantage of the amenities that make us a top choice for students who want to work in healthcare settings.

At MaKami College you can expect:

  • Professional and highly trained instructors
  • Hands-on training
  • Work experience opportunities
  • One-on-one attention with our Student Success Centre
  • Professional and business development opportunities
  • Excellent career opportunities post-graduation
  • All MaKami students have access to free first aid training, resume workshops and more.

After successfully completing your program at MaKami College, you will be eligible to take the Provincial exam to become an HCA.

Career Opportunities for MaKami Graduates

While you are a MaKami College Health Care Aide program student you will get the highest level of support as you train on-site at the college as well as off-site in your clinical placement. You will graduate with the experience needed to start your career with confidence. Our graduates work in settings including:

  • continuing Care Facilities
  • Assissted Living Facilities
  • Community Agencies - Both Private and Government
  • Private individuals
  • And more!


“When I graduated from the MaKami Health Care Aide program I found a job in my field right away, and I felt confident knowing I had some of the best training available in Alberta.”

Gershom Benbow