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Health Care Aide Workplace

Program requirements

Academic requirements

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

  • 60% in English Language Arts 20-2
  • 55% in English Language Arts 30-2
OR Completion of the Accuplacer exam (minimum score of 237 in reading and writing only)
English language proficiency requirements

If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency before admission. This can be met with completion of a Canadian General Education Development (GED) or studies in English via three consecutive years of full-time academic study at a Canadian high school OR two consecutive years of post-secondary in Canada OR testing below:

Test scores we accept:

  • IELTS Academic: 6; no section score below 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 71
  • Duolingo: 95
  • CLBA, CLBPT or CLBPA: no section score below 7

These results must be no more than two years old when you start your program.

Practicum/work experience requirements

Students must be currently employed as a front-line caregiver with responsibilities similar to an HCA in a participating agency to be considered.

Practicum hours are met through the student’s paid employment at their DSL3, DSL4, or Long Term Care employer. Students must complete a total of 320 clinical hours at their workplace over the duration of their program.

Employment in DSL1 or DSL2 or homecare

Additional practicum requirements must be met if students are working in a home care agency or supportive living facility that is less than a DSL3, as NorQuest College will have to arrange a secondary clinical placement for the student to meet curriculum requirements. In this case, additional paperwork may be required for admission.

Progression and graduation

Students must receive a pass grade in each course to progress through the program and pass all courses to qualify for graduation.

A Provincial Comprehensive Exam must be completed within 60 days of the successful completion of HLTH 2551 to be eligible for graduation.

Technology requirements

Requires access to a computer and internet to complete the final course exams and access the curriculum content.

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