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3 terms

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:

  • 60% in English Language Arts 10-2
  • 60% in English Language Arts 20-2
  • 55% in English Language Arts 30-2
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Course Listing

Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1
BHCA1200
This course focuses on the interpersonal and intercultural skills required for learners to participate effectively and fully as health care aides on a healthcare team. Students will learn to interact professionally in a collaborative and professional environment. They will gather and record information, report information competently and objectively, give and receive instructions, make and respond to requests, and propose solutions. They will also identify and use strategies for managing difficult communication tasks such as giving and responding to feedback, advocating, and managing conflict. Throughout the course, learners will listen to and take part in interactions set in a health care aide context. Additional workplace soft skill upskilling will also be covered.
  • 75 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
3
BHCA1201
In this course, students will learn the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of basic medical and common English vocabulary related to human anatomy, physiology, diseases, treatments, and medical equipment. Learners will become fluent in the specialized vocabulary required for the successful completion of the health care aide program and used in the workplace. Moreover, they will be able to distinguish and select appropriate vocabulary for communicating with team members and clients.
  • 40 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
2
BHCA1202
This course will combine the listening and clear speaking skills required to meet the English language proficiency for a health care aide (HCA). Through developing academic listening skills, the course will support learner success in completion of the HCA program. Listening texts selected will be based on topics in the HCA program. The clear speaking portion of the course will support the development of comprehensible pronunciation to enhance communication in both the HCA program and in the role of HCA.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
2
BHCA1204
This course focuses on the interpersonal, intercultural, and essential skills required for learners to effectively communicate with clients and their families in their role as health care aides (HCAs). Learners will acquire the language and communication skills relevant to a variety of communication tasks required of HCAs such as setting clients at ease, expressing empathy, gathering information, encouraging cooperation, explaining, teaching, and more. They will listen to, role-play, and evaluate interactions. As well, they will continue to develop the document use, numeracy, thinking, and communication essential skills required of HCAs.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
2
Elective5
Term 1 Elective
BHCA1203
This course will develop the reading and writing skills required for success in as a health care aide (HCA). Learners will read a selection of texts on topics that are relevant to the HCA program. They will cultivate reading strategies and skills, improve reading comprehension, and increase reading fluency. They will also develop familiarity with the types of text encountered in the HCA program and in HCA workplaces. In the writing section of the course, learners will focus primarily on writing to report and on communicating successfully via email.
  • 125 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
5
ELA2104
Continue studying the types of literature including short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. Learn to write expository, persuasive, and personal paragraphs and essays. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations. Study literature as well as cartoons, illustrations, and a feature film. Evaluate media, including advertising and propaganda. Develop communications skills. Improve your reading and writing skills in preparation for English 30-2.
  • 100 Lecture
  • 25 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
5
Term 2
HLTH1031
This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of a health care aide working in a variety of employment settings. Learners will acquire the skills to provide person-centred care that is safe, respectful, and based on the needs of the client. To meet the goals of person-centred care, learners will become familiar with the provincial legislation that guides safe, ethical, and personalized care. In addition, they will learn to work as part of the health-care team and how to follow employers’ policies and procedures within the scope of the health care aide job description. The health care aide is responsible for identifying, managing, and preventing potential environmental hazards in facilities and community-based settings, and must focus on the safety of the client as well as their own personal safety in different settings.
  • 40 Lecture
  • 6 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
3
HLTH1032
This course examines the structure and functions of the systems that make up the human body and discusses the milestones of growth and development across a lifetime. Students will read about and discuss common chronic illnesses and will acquire the skills to provide safe care based on best practices according to clients’ diagnoses, needs, and care plans. Students will also learn care strategies to support the client, the client’s family, and themselves through the process of a client’s illness and death.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
3
HLTH1033
Strong communication skills are an important part of being a successful health care aide, and this course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the health care aide when communicating effectively as a member of the collaborative care team. The health-care environment requires competent digital literacy skills, including verbal, written, and electronic communication. Students will learn about professional communication with other team members, clients, and client’s families; written communication, including documentation in client records and report completion; problem-solving strategies; and how to handle conflict successfully. Techniques for communicating effectively with clients from all cultures while demonstrating cultural competence and an understanding of the diversity of individuals will be included. Communication strategies for overcoming the challenges and barriers to communication between the client and caregiver caused by disease, illness, and aging will also be discussed.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
4
HLTH1034
Students will learn how to use individual care plans to support clients’ independence and meet their care needs, and will acquire the skills and knowledge required to help clients with daily grooming and hygiene. Students will also learn how to assist clients to walk and to use mobility aids and wheelchairs safely. They will practise methods for carrying out client lifts and transfers, with a focus on client safety and comfort. Upon completion of the course, students will have excellent baseline knowledge of the standards for meeting client nutritional needs and the strict guidelines in safe food handling as set out in the Alberta Long-Term Care Accommodation Standards.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 48 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
5
HLTH1550
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, learners will work in a continuing care setting such as home care, supportive living, designated supportive living (DSL), a seniors’ lodges, or group home, providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 80 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
3
Term 3
HLTH2016
This course builds on the foundational skills and concepts introduced in previous courses and also introduces new skills. Learners will explore advanced skills such as active and passive range-of-motion exercises, wound care, tube feeding, catheter care, ostomy care, specimen collection, and respiratory care. In addition, accurate measurement of vital signs is demonstrated, practised, and assessed. This course will also assist learners to work safely within the legal roles and responsibilities of health care aides in Alberta when providing medication assistance. This course is included in the HCA Preparation for Employment provincial standard.
  • 27 Lecture
  • 51 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
5
HLTH2017
As a central feature of this course, students will learn to meet the care and comfort needs of clients with a diagnosis of dementia. They will also learn about care strategies for assisting other diverse client groups, such as clients with a mental health diagnosis and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Because health care aides employed by home care agencies may be required to provide care for infants and children, as well as caring for clients living with life-limiting illness and those who require hospice, palliative, or end-of-life care, this course also provides the information and skills needed to assist with these care assignments.  Students must take HLTH 2016 (Meeting Complex Care Needs) prior to or at the same time as this course.
  • 51 Lecture
  • 24 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
5
HLTH2550
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional,  students will work in a health-care setting, such as continuing care or acute care, providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 160 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
5
HLTH2551
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, and paired with an unregulated health-care professional, students will work in a variety of health-care settings, such as continuing care or acute care, providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 80 Work Experience
  • 0 Other
3
HCA Provincial Comprehensive Exam
HLTH3000
A passing grade in the HCA Provincial Comprehensive Exam is a requirement for being awarded the HCA Certificate. This exam must be written after the student has successfully passed their HLTH 2551 Clinical.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
  • 3 Other
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Additional note

Elective
  • Students at a CLB 6 who require one term of English language training (ESL) will take BHCA 1203.
  • Students at a CLB 7 who require English Language Arts 20-2 will take ELA 2104.