Health Care Aide for English Language Learners

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The three-term, 48-week Health Care Aide for English Language Learners program combines English language training with the Health Care Aide certificate program. Students will demonstrate their English language proficiency and academic readiness before entering the second and third terms of the program to complete the Health Care Aide courses.

What to expect from the program

All students will take four core English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in the first term. In addition, students will take either one further ESL course focused on reading and writing (BHCA 1203), or English Language Arts 20-2 (ELA 2104).

NorQuest’s Health Care Aide program is among the largest in Canada and prepares you to be a part of a health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing a high level of front-line care to clients in need of assistance. NorQuest College is licensed to deliver the Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum.

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • maximize their English practice skills in listening, speaking, writing and reading throughout their entire program
  • have access to a computer and basic computer skills
  • are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands
  • have access to a vehicle to travel to complete their practicum

Graduate with experience

NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.

You’ll graduate this program with 320 hours of work experience from three practicums.

Career opportunities

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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What to expect as a health care aide

Applicants should assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the health care aide occupation.

As a health care aide, you must be able to:

  • work day, evening, and night shifts any day of the week
  • be on your feet for extended periods of time
  • bend, squat, and lift up to 40 pounds to move clients who have minimal body strength
  • function effectively in stressful situations
  • perform all skills independently

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