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Health Care Aide Diploma Program Calgary

Provide care to those who need it most as a Health Care Aide.

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The demand for Health Care Aides and Health Care providers is strong throughout Canada due to aging and population growth. Health Care Aides provide important assistance to a wide variety of patients including the elderly, injured or disabled persons who require support and care.  Health Care Aides work in hospitals, supportive care facilities, and assisted living housing facilities.

Program Overview

As part of the Health Care Aide program, you will:

  • Benefit from a comprehensive program that combines theory and practical training to equip you for every aspect of the job
  • Learn about Palliative Care and how to assist clients with medication, providing client care and comfort, how to care for diverse clients and much more
  • Attain your CPR/First Aid Certification and Supportive Pathways (Dementia Training)
  • Learn from experienced industry instructors who years of experience working in the Health Care industry
  • Receive free life-long learning workshops to help you stay current. We are the only college in Calgary to offer workshops for our graduates!

If you are an experienced Health Care professional or foreign-trained nurse who is interested in seeking certification, you may qualify for our Health Care Aide Challenge program.

Topics of Study

Abuse/Caring for the Individual

This section acquaints you with the concepts of family violence and abuse. You will learn to recognize possible signs of abuse and the actions to be taken (including legal requirements) if abuse is suspected. You will learn how to provide mental, emotional, and physical care for the young, middle age, and older adults.

Assisting with Personal Care

Health Care Aides often help patients/clients with personal hygiene. Illness, disability and age are all factors that affect the ability to practice good hygiene. Personal care involves daily needs such as bathing, toileting, grooming and dressing. You will also learn about urinary & fecal elimination, monitoring/observations and complications, as well as assistive devices. Learn about measuring height, weight & vital signs as well as preparation and care required for a patient having surgery.

Basic Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Conditions

In this section, you will learn how to care for the whole person. Understand basic medical terms by combining medical prefixes, roots and suffixes. You will study body structure and function of the 11 major organ systems. As you move on to the ongoing medical conditions you will learn about common diseases and disorders of the 11 organ systems.

Community Home Management/Meal Preparation

This section provides you with the skills to assist the patient/client with their nutritional needs, dietary requirements and special diets, proper feeding techniques, as well as household activities and household management. You will have the opportunity to prepare different dietary meals during this course. You will gain knowledge in Enteral Nutrition (tub feeding) and Intravenous Therapy and learn to assist a patient/client with medications and your responsibilities and guidelines to follow.

Computer Fundamentals

The Computer Fundamentals course provides you with a basic understanding of common computer applications, keyboarding skills, as well as an introduction to the Windows 7 operating system. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, browsing the Internet, and general management of files and folders.

Emergency First Aid/CPR with AED & Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)

As part of your program, you will attain your Emergency First Aid/CPR with AED training and NVCI certifications.

Ethics & Legalities of the Support Worker

As part of your program, you will attain your Emergency First Aid/CPR with AED training and NVCI certifications.

Ethics & Legalities of the Support Worker

In this section, you will learn about the goal and main responsibilities of the support worker. You will be introduced to the Canadian health care system and how to manage the stress, time and other challenges faced by health professionals. You will also learn to identify the principles of health care ethics and legislation including understanding the patient’s / client’s rights as well as your rights.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

You will learn the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with the patients/clients. Become familiar with different workplace settings, the individuals that you work with, the care plan process and confidentiality in the workplace. Discuss how culture may affect communication, family organization, religious convictions and perceptions about illness and health care.

Mental Health/Cognitive Impairment

In this section, you will get an introduction to common psychiatric & mental health disorders as well as substance abuse and various ways that Health Care Aides can support patients/clients living with these disorders. You will learn about the differences between confusion, delirium and dementia (e.g Alzheimer’s Disease) and the mental changes that are associated with them. Other related topics such as speech, language, hearing and vision disorders will also be covered. Developmental disabilities and the causes / effects to the patient and their families will also be discussed.

Palliative Care/Promoting Client Well Being

In this section, you will learn concepts on how to promote a patient/client’s overall health and wellness. Pain management, sleep disorders and how these can affect the whole person will be discussed. You will learn about various types of wounds, complications, how to prevent wounds, as well as how to care for them. Heat and cold therapy guidelines for application and risks / complications associated with them will be discussed. You will be introduced to ideas and theories that will help you in your role as a Health Care Aide including how to assist a person who is dying or impacted by a life-threatening illness as well as how to assist their support network.

Safety/Mobility/Infection

Throughout this section, you will learn best practices for patient/client safety and measures needed to protect yourself and the people you are caring for. You will learn proper transfer and mobility techniques used in today’s healthcare system. Time will be spent in the lab practicing transfers and mobilization with use of specialized equipment. You will learn common aseptic practices, chain of infection, personal protective equipment and how the procedures can be applied in your clinical practice.

Employment and Career Management

This course provides guidance in preparing for your next job interview, including preparation of a resume and cover letter, as well as job-hunting, interview techniques, and assessing your strengths and weaknesses.

Health Care Aide Practicum

A six week work practicum is included in this program. This practicum will give you a chance to put your newly acquired skills to work in a “real-world” environment while gaining valuable experience.

Health Care Aide Program Practicum

At the end of your program, you will participate in a 5-week practicum.

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