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Health Care Aide Challenge Course Calgary

The Health Care Aide Challenge program is a certification process for uncertified Health Care Aides in Canada with directly related work experience.

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Other qualifying candidates include foreign-trained nurses and other healthcare professionals with similar experience.

Program Overview

Why Robertson Calgary?

The HCA Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process is for individuals currently employed as Health Care Aides, Personal Support Workers, Nursing Attendants, Internationally-Trained Nurses and out-of-province trained HCA’s who do not currently possess a Government of Alberta recognized certificate and feel they have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the standards for a Health Care Aide certificate in Alberta.

Topics of Study

Self-Assessment and Analysis

Requires students to complete a self-assessment, which lists the course learning outcomes and requires applicants to determine their level of proficiency in each one.

Creation of an Individual Study Plan

Allows students to customize a study plan with help from Robertson’s educational department who identify knowledge and skill gaps to create an individualized study/training plan tailored for the student.

Challenge of the Course's Written Exam

Allows students to challenge the course exam in a proctored environment. An 80% grade is required to pass. The HCA certificate consists of seven courses. Applicants wishing to obtain their certificate must challenge/pass all seven courses.

Self-Study, Online Study or Site-Based Workshops

Requires students to take a site-based workshops prior to completing testing. The exam review workshop is a tutor based theory session with a Robertson educator. The second is a lab skills workshop where the lab skills are demonstrated by nurses then students have hands on practice. The third optional workshop is the Assisting with Medication Workshop.

Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

Requires students to successfully complete an in-lab skills assessment facilitated by a Robertson educator (RN/LPN).

Program Details

If you meet the requirements for the HCA Challenge program and would like to pursue your Health Care Aide certificate, please contact us for more information that is specific to your training and experience.

  • Our Career Counsellors can help walk you through the process of obtaining your Health Care Aide certificate in Alberta
  • We have a dedicated Student Services team that will help you achieve success

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