Health Care Aide Certificate Program

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Why Our Health Care Aide Program?

Ready for a career where you can truly make a difference in someone’s life? Then the Health Care Aide Certificate Program may be right for you! Our experienced and knowledgeable staff have worked as professionals in the field and can provide hands-on training so you can confidently enter into the Health Care Aide field.

Right now there is a huge demand for health care aides in Alberta, due to the growth in an aging population and the need for health care front line workers.

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

MaKami College offers the newest Health Care Aide Certificate Program curriculum from the Government of Alberta in a blended format, with theory classes completed online and practical labs and clinical placements completed in person. Get a job as a Health Care Aide immediately and earn as much as $25 an hour!

It’s a really good experience and I would recommend it to each one of my friends or whoever asks me. I would do it twice if I had the opportunity.

Maria / MaKami HCA Graduate

I’m feeling so blessed, HCA is fantastic. When somebody is so sick and you help, and the next day the person says to you, ‘thank you’ or they take your hands to say, ‘thank you’ – it’s awesome. I feel so blessed because I helped, I cared. It’s my passion, it’s my love, it’s everything for me. And MaKami has a fantastic team. I’m now a successful HCA because my teacher’s were strong and they met all of my needs. I say all the time, ‘thank you, thank you, MaKami! Everybody come to MaKami.’ It’s awesome.

Mirna / MaKami HCA Graduate

About the Health Care Aide Certificate Program

Our Health Care Aide Certificate Program follows the 2019 Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum and is regulated by Alberta Health. We offer a 40 week (735 hour) program in Alberta in a blended format, with theory offered online and practical labs and clinical placements completed in-person. 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) and Registered Nurses (RN). 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 Certificate Program offers an iPad-based curriculum with realistic, interactive materials 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.

When you finish the Health Care Aide Certificate program you will be eligible to take the Provincial exam to become a Health Care Aide and work in Alberta.

Health Care Aide Program Questions

What is Health Care Aide Certification?

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.

Is the Health Care Aide program offered online?

The Health Care Aide program is a blended program, with theory classes offered online and practical labs and clinical placements offered in-person.

Why is the demand for Health Care Aide professionals growing?

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.

What’s the difference between home health care and home care?

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.

Is the Health Care Aide course hard?

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.

Can I get the Health Care Aide Course outline?

For further information about the course, read the Health Care Aide curriculum information tab above.

When are classes taught?

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.

Where are the Health Care Aide programs recognized?

Our MaKami College Health Care Aide Program will make you a certified professional that is recognized Alberta-wide.

Is this an industry-certified course?

Yes, by completing the Health Care Aide Course at MaKami College and passing the provincial exam, you will be an industry-certified professional.

How much practical training do I get?

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.

Who are the teachers?

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.

Is there a final exam?

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.

English is my second language (ESL)

All MaKami College students have access to free English courses and if required, multilingual student advisors and tutors are also available at both MaKami campuses. Read more about our ESL programs.

The following requirements must be met to be eligible for entry into a licensed HCA program, as outlined by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Academic English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Grade 11, 20-2 level course, with a minimum score of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • English 20-1 with a minimum of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test)

Note: Students who have not completed the ELA, 20-2 level requirement and achieved the minimum grade are subject to completing the ACCUPLACER assessment test. This can include students out of province, out of country or mature students that have been out of school for a significant length of time.

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. Equivalencies are as follows:

Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7; OR

By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; OR

By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.

Approved English Language Proficiency Tests

Tests benchmarked at a CLB 7 for all 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Official results must be submitted directly to the PSI.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6 (no section score below 5.5);

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Testing (TOEFL iBT): 71;

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General: 7 (with no section score below 6); and

Canadian Language Benchmarks/Milestones Test (7 in each strand, not an average of

Duolingo score of 95

Notes

  • Test Currency: results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of the program.
  • Test Validity: IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing. Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program will not be accepted.
Digital literacy

Candidates must possess knowledge of computer/technology tools to be successful in the program.

Candidates must:

  • Be able to communicate, research and understand information
  • Know how to use computer to surf web, email
  • Be able to critically evaluate and understand how technology can affect one’s behavior
  • Be able to create, produce content and effectively communicate using email, media, internet
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

MaKami College gives professionals in the Health Care Aide industry the opportunity to get certification through our HCA program. We work with Health Care professionals to assess their knowledge and skills and complement them with the ones offered in our program to ensure success at MaKami as well as in their career.

All applicants looking to use the PLAR methods will be provided with a PLAR Student Guide that explains PLAR and the Alberta HCA PLAR process. Please contact the HCA Department for a copy of the PLAR Student Guide, and more information on the PLAR policies as well the associated application and processing fees.

MaKami College’s Health Care Aide Program offers a cutting-edge iPad-based curriculum using the newest curriculum available from the Government of Alberta. The program is offered in a blended format, with theory completed online and practical labs and clinical placements completed in-person.

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 in the Edmonton Campus.

There are 9 main courses in the Health Care Aide Curriculum:

  1. Health Care Aide Role & Responsibility
  2. The Human Body, Health and Chronic Illness
  3. Communication in the Health 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.

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

Online and Classroom Training

With a blend of online and in-person classes, you’ll cover the basics of the role of a Health Care Aide, build practical skills, proper care guidelines and procedures of client care. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a successful health care aide in any setting.

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.

Integrating Theory and Practical Training

The MaKami College program is an integration of theory and practical training. Through the use of hands-on training and experience, students will combine the education provided in theory training and the practical experience gained in the clinical placements for a well-rounded education. All of our courses are a combination of theory and practical training unless otherwise broken out and specified.

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

The first two placements are instructor-led experience 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.

Clinical Placement I

During this clinical placement experience, students will experience the role of the HCA by working under the direction of a regulated health care professional (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN). Students will have the opportunity to work in a continuing care setting such as supportive living (designated supportive living or DSL), senior lodges, long term care, and group homes.

Students will integrate and implement the knowledge they have learned in courses 1–4 in the clinical setting. Students will provide client care that is safe, ethical, and respectful based on the needs of the client. Care that meets these standards is known as person-centred care.

Clinical Placement II

During the second clinical placement experience, students will experience the role of the HCA by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN). Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of health care settings such as continuing care or acute care.

Students will integrate and implement the knowledge they have learned in all the courses 1-7 in the clinical setting. Students will provide person-centred care and support for clients and their families; that care is safe, ethical, and respectful.

Clinical Placement III

This is the final clinical placement course, where students will practise the role of the HCA. Students will be working under the supervision of a regulated health care professional (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN) and buddied with an HCA. Students will work in a variety of health care settings, such as continuing care or acute care.

Students will integrate and implement the knowledge they have learned throughout the HCA Program, which will guide them in providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families; that care is safe, ethical, and respectful.

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