Other qualifying candidates include foreign-trained nurses and other healthcare professionals with similar experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
The Health Care Aide 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 Health Care Aides 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
Applicants are required to complete a self-assessment. This self-assessment lists the course learning outcomes and requires applicants to determine their level of proficiency in each one.
Creation of an Individual Study Plan
From this self-assessment, Robertson’s education department will identify knowledge and skill gaps and create an individualized study/training plan.
Challenge of the Course's Written Exam
If the self-assessment indicates thorough competency and knowledge of the subject, the student may challenge the course exam in a proctored environment. An 80% grade is required to pass. The HCA certificate consists of 7 courses. Applicants wishing to obtain their certificate must challenge/pass all 7 courses.
Self-Study or Site-Based Workshops
Should a student not be successful in completing their challenge exam for a course or if a student and/or Robertson College assessor has indicated they require training in a course, the student will be provided with a self-study module to take the appropriate training. LPN’s or RN’s identified by the employer may act as tutors for the student(s) under the mentorship of Robertson educators. Students may also choose to attend a site-based learning session at a Robertson College facility.
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
When the student achieves a passing grade on the individual course exam, the next step requires them to successfully complete an in lab skills assessment facilitated by a Robertson College educator or an authorized off-site RN or LPN.
If you meet the requirements for the Health Care Aide Challenge program and would like to pursue your Government of Alberta Health Care Aide certificate, please contact us for information that is specific to your training and experience.
Our Student Admissions Advisors can help walk you through the process of obtaining your Health Care Aide certificate in Alberta.
Jessica Hoekstra is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 6 years of nursing experience in a variety of different healthcare settings. She has worked extensively in Pediatrics and Child and Family Psychiatry. She also has experience in General Surgery, Trauma, Long Term Care, and Rehabilitative Medicine. She uses her diverse skills to train her students in multi-tasking and flexibility. She also puts an emphasis on training her students on how to show empathy when working in the healthcare field, and the importance of embracing Patient and Family-Centered Care. Jessica has been a Health Care Instructor at Robertson College since Fall 2017
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