Health Care Aide Program Questions
A Health Care Aide Certification is the official industry standard to show the student has completed in-class and practicum training and demonstrated top skills to work in home care and clinical health care settings.
The Health Care Aide program is a blended program, with theory classes offered online and practical labs and clinical placements offered in-person.
The rising demand for Health Care Aide professionals in Alberta is one of the outcomes of our aging population. Health Care Aides are unregulated health care workers who provide personal support and basic health services directly to Albertans, primarily in the continuing care sector but also in the acute care facilities. HCAs are the largest occupational group in the continuing care sector.
Home health care allows you to work in clinical settings and non-clinical settings whereas home care only allows you to work in non-clinical settings. This program trains and qualifies you for both types of work.
As with any program, keeping up with your lessons is important. At MaKami, students get plenty of support from knowledgeable staff, free extra resources, one-on-one attention within our student success centre to ensure that there is complete support from day 1 of the course.
For further information about the course, see the Health Care Aide curriculum information.
We have classes during the day, evenings and on weekends. To learn more about the Health Care Aide Program, we highly recommend attending one of our student tours.
Our MaKami College Health Care Aide Program will make you a certified professional that is recognized Alberta-wide.
Yes, by completing the Health Care Aide Course at MaKami College and passing the provincial exam, you will be an industry-certified professional.
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.
You will be taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff who have worked as a licensed nurse (RN, LPN, RPN, NP) in the province of Alberta.
There is a Provincial HCA Exam that you need to successfully pass, once you have completed all of your theory, lab and clinical placement components.