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The Robertson College Winnipeg Health Care Aide program will help you develop the skills and core competencies of a Health Care Aide. In addition, the program will also help you understand the goals and main responsibilities of the support worker. You will learn about the principles of health care ethics and legislation including your client’s rights as well as your rights as a care provider.
You will learn to:
- Recognize abuse and care for the mental, emotional and physical well-being of your clients
- Assist with the personal care and hygiene of your clients
- Prepare meals and manage household activities
- Help clients dealing with mental health or cognitive impairment
- Recognize and assist with developmental disabilities, confusion, delirium, dementia and mental health illnesses
- Promote client well-being in a palliative care setting
- Transfer clients by using proper transfer and mobility techniques
- Care for and prevent various types of wounds, infections, and complications
- Effectively communicate with your clients and their family members
- Navigate around the health care system and become familiar with different workplace settings
- A mix of online and on-campus learning.
- Enjoy the flexibility of remote learning without sacrificing valuable in-person training under the guidance of your instructors.
- You only come to the campus for scheduled in-person labs! The theory portion of the program is delivered online through Brightspace, our online learning platform.
Visit our Hybrid Learning to learn more about this delivery format.
26 Weeks (6.5 Months)
5 Days a Week, Monday to Friday
Our admissions agents can work with you to ensure you meet the program’s criteria. This program is not currently open to International Students.
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Upon successful completion, graduates of this program will qualify for in-demand positions such as Health Care Aide, Home Care Attendant or Personal Support Worker.
Graduates will be eligible for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, personal care homes, home care and community settings.
You could be earning in less than a year
Lifetime Career Services
Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.
Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.
Learn more about Lifetime Career Services.
Next Start Dates
Daily online real-time lectures with your instructor; on-campus scheduled lab classes
Topics of Study
Abuse/Caring for the Individual - 25 hours
Introduces students to the concepts of family violence and abuse. Students learn to recognize possible signs of abuse and the actions to take (including legal requirements) if abuse is suspected.
Assisting with Personal Care - 55 hours
Explores what’s involved in daily personal practices such as bathing, toileting, grooming and dressing. Students learn about urinary & fecal elimination, monitoring/observations, complications, as well as assistive devices. Further topics include measuring height, weight and vital signs as well as the preparation and care required for a patient awaiting surgery.
Basic Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Conditions - 25 hours
Explores basic medical terms by combining medical prefixes, roots and suffixes. Students also study body structure and the functions of the 11 major organ systems. As students move on to medical conditions, they learn about common diseases and disorders of the 11 organ systems.
Community Home Management/Meal Preparation - 50 hours
Develop the skills needed to assist the patient/client with their nutritional needs, dietary requirements/special diets as well as learn proper feeding techniques, household management and household activities. Students have the opportunity to prepare different dietary meals. Enteral Nutrition (tube feeding) and Intravenous Therapy is discussed along with guidelines
for assisting patient/client with medications.
Computer Fundamentals - 25 hours
Provides a basic understanding of common computer applications, helps develop keyboarding skills as well as introduces students to the Windows operating system, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Students also learn to use the Internet and how to manage files and folders.
Ethics & Legalities of the Support Worker - 25 hours
Explores the goal and main responsibilities of the support worker. Students are introduced to the Canadian health care system and how to manage the stress, time and other challenges faced by healthcare professionals. Students identify the principles of health care ethics and legislation including understanding the patient’s/client’s rights.
Interpersonal Communication Skills - 25 hours
Explores the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with the patients/clients. Familiarizes students with different workplace settings, the individuals that you work with, the care plan process and confidentiality in the workplace.
Mental Health/Cognitive Impairment - 25 hours
Introduces students to common psychiatric and mental health disorders, substance abuse and the various ways that Health Care Aides can support patients or clients living with these disorders. Students learn the differences between confusion, delirium and dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s Disease) and the mental changes that are associated with them. Other related topics include speech, language, hearing, vision disorders, developmental disabilities and the impact these conditions have on the patient and their families.
Palliative Care/Promoting Client Well-Being - 25 hours
Introduces students to the concepts and techniques for promoting overall health and wellness. Topics include pain management, sleep disorders and their impact on the overall health of the patient. Students learn about the various types of wounds as well as possible complications, preventative measures and treatment options. Heat and cold therapy and the guidelines for their use and application will also be discussed. In Palliative Care, students explore ideas and theories that help better assist patients who are dying while providing support to their families.
Safety/Mobility/Infection - 50 hours
Explores best practices for patient/client safety and measures needed to protect the people in an aide’s care. Students learn proper transfer and mobility techniques used in today’s healthcare system. Time is spent in the lab practicing transfers and mobilization with use of specialized equipment. Students learn common aseptic practices, chain of infection, personal protective equipment and how the procedures can be applied in clinical practice.
Employment and Career Management - 25 hours
Prepares students to conduct a thorough employment search strategy that incorporates personal marketing, assessment of skill inventories and an understanding of the job market in the relevant industry/sector. Throughout this course, students create or improve their resume, practice interview techniques, learn networking skills and how to successfully search for career-related employment
Employment and Career Management Workshop
Provides guidance in preparing for a job interview, including preparation of a resume and cover letter, as well as job-hunting and interview techniques and assessing strengths and weaknesses.
Have the flexibility to live your life while going to school with our half-day classes. Our flexible start dates and small class sizes give you plenty of opportunities to learn when it’s best for you and gain the hands-on skills to succeed in any industry.
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.
Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.
Financial Assistance and Funding
Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.
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The practicum is an essential part of a learner’s program. It is both a graduation requirement and an extension of in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation.
Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrollment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment, and you will be assigned to a host site by our Workforce Team. The practicum will enhance your career development skills, industry networking opportunities, and professional communication skills.
Robertson College Winnipeg campus is a member of the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba.
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This program is delivered through our Winnipeg campus.