Health Care Aide

The Health Care Aide Program (HCA) is an 8-month college program that prepares students for a certificate that will allow them to work in the health sector and be part of the Health Services Support Personnel. 

During their studies, students benefit from a variety of teaching methods, combining lectures, practical laboratory sessions and practicums. Following the Government of Alberta curriculum, this program prepares students to perform their role according to the ethics, legalities, and regulations while being compassionate and responsive to the needs of the client and their families.

Throughout the program, the student has the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, life stage development, and the maintenance and preparation of medical records. In this way, the student can acquire all the knowledge and skills to excel in his or her profession. 

The HCA program is only available to canadian students (who have citizenship or permanent residence) 

Courses offered in person and full-time

The Health Care Aide program is only offered in a full-time, face-to-face setting. This allows for a combination of 219.5 hours of lecture, 320 hours of practicum, and 15 hours of laboratory course components. Find a detailed description of these course on the course details page. 


The courses of this program have their lecture components enhanced by laboratories. This combination of lectures, labs and clinical placements creates a diverse and practical learning environment to ensure the success of all students.

Clinical Internships

The program includes three integrated practicums, respectively. 

Admission deadline

The admission deadline for this program is May 1.


A $500 entrance scholarship is available to all HCA students. 

Overview of course content

  • Ethical, legal and regulatory aspects of the profession
  • Working safely and efficiently as a health care attendant
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Growth and Human Development
  • Interpersonal and Therapeutic Relationships
  • Record keeping and report preparation
  • Concept of person-centred care
  • Support for the performance of activities of daily living and comfort measures applicable to various types of clients in a variety of settings
  • Support for the person with a complex health disorder and a chronic condition
  • Support for the person with cognitive impairment
  • Assistance with pharmacotherapy
  • Infection prevention
  • New mother, newborn and child care
  • End-of-Life Care