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Health Care Aide Challenge Online Course

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

Program Learning Outcomes

In order to qualify for the Health Care Aide Challenge program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have 1200 hours of work experience within the past 24 months as an uncertified Health Care Aide in Canada or as a foreign-trained nurse;
  • Demonstrate proof of English language proficiency
  • Have an updated resume
  • Have a completed employer form from your current employer stating hours and detailed job description

If you are applying as a foreign-trained nurse, please note that the college will require a copy of your degree as not all foreign nursing programs are accepted.  For more information, please contact us by filling in the form below.

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.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must write an entrance test or provide documentation of high school diploma
  2. Applicants must have a completed application form
  3. English proficiency documentation will be required where the primary language of instruction for post-secondary education is not English

This program is not recognized by the Alberta Health Services

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