School of Health

Health Care Aide Certificate Program

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

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Program Overview

The Robertson College Health Care Aide program will help you develop the skills and core competencies of a Health Care Aide. 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

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.

long term & continuing care association of manitoba

The Robertson College Winnipeg Health Care Aide program is a member of the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba. For more information, please visit their website at ltcam.mb.ca.

Program Delivery

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

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Brandon
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg

Program Details

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Admission Requirements

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Career Opportunities

With the number of Manitobans aged 65 and older projected to double by the year 2038, there is an increased demand now for Health Care Aides and Home Care services.

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.

Related reading:

The Future of Home Care in Manitoba [Report from the Government of Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living released February 2017]

Duties of a Home Care Provider

You could be earning in less than a year
$35,360-$70,990

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

To view enrolment dates for a specific location please select a Robertson College campus.

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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.

Campus Experience

Virtual Classroom

Have the flexibility to live your life while learning remotely in our Virtual Classroom. Our flexible start dates, small class sizes and online learning tool Brightspace will help you stay on track with your assignments and connect with your peers and instructors.

Industry-Leading Instructors
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.

Questions about tuition and funding?

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Practicum

The practicum is an essential part of a student’s program. It is not merely a graduation requirement; it is an extension of the 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 enrolment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment and is presently available in 2 formats:

  • A jointly-procured practicum where you work directly with our WorkForce team to enhance your career development skills while obtaining a placement
  • A structured training related project delivered by industry professionals. Developed in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, this option allows you to stay on track to graduate if restrictions prevent physical placements

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Program Availability

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

Select A Campus
Brandon
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg