PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
2 or 3 terms
TUITION & FEES
- Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
- 60% in English Language Arts 20-2 or equivalent
Health Care Aide workplace education delivery applicants only:
- all program admission requirements listed
- must be currently employed as a front-line caregiver in a participating agency
Explore all the possibilities your future holds with a NorQuest education.
Graduates of an Alberta provincial Health Care Aide program (or equivalent), and who can demonstrate they have a minimum 500 volunteer and/or paid work hours in the health care aide field, can request PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition for the HEED 1000 and NCOM 1000 courses once they have been accepted into the Practical Nurse program. Contact PNTransferCredit@norquest.ca for more information.
Health care aides work under the direct or indirect supervision of a regulated health professional, such as a nurse, in a variety of settings including:
- assisted living facilities
- home care
- long-term care
Health care aides provide basic health services, assistance and support with daily living activities for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations.
In Alberta, the health care aide profession is unregulated. To ensure consistent training of the health care aide workforce in Alberta, the Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum is used by licensed post-secondary institutions.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to work in continuing care institutions, home care agencies, group homes, assisted or supportive living facilities, day programs, specialized care centres and programs, acute care hospitals, and private care.
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