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

The demand for Health Care Aides and Health Care providers is strong throughout Canada due to aging and population growth. Health Care Aides provide important assistance to a wide variety of patients including the elderly, injured or disabled persons who require support and care.  Health Care Aides work in hospitals, supportive care facilities, and assisted living housing facilities.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • brandon
  • calgary
  • edmonton

Program Highlights

The Robertson College Winnipeg - 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

Health Care Aide Program Practicum

At the end of your program, you will gain clinical work experience during your 6-week practicum before transitioning into your career. 

Topics of Study Include:

  • Abuse/Caring for the Individual

    This section acquaints you with the concepts of family violence and abuse. You will learn to recognize possible signs of abuse and the actions to be taken (including legal requirements) if abuse is suspected. You will learn how to provide mental, emotional, and physical care for the young, middle age, and older adults.

  • Assisting with Personal Care

    Health Care Aides often help patients/clients with personal hygiene. Illness, disability and age are all factors that affect the ability to practice good hygiene. Personal care involves daily needs such as bathing, toileting, grooming and dressing. You will also learn about urinary & fecal elimination, monitoring/observations and complications, as well as assistive devices. Learn about measuring height, weight & vital signs as well as preparation and care required for a patient having surgery.

  • Basic Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Conditions

    In this section, you will learn how to care for the whole person. Understand basic medical terms by combining medical prefixes, roots and suffixes. You will study body structure and function of the 11 major organ systems. As you move on to the ongoing medical conditions you will learn about common diseases and disorders of the 11 organ systems.

  • Community Home Management/Meal Preparation

    This section provides you with the skills to assist the patient/client with their nutritional needs, dietary requirements and special diets, proper feeding techniques, as well as household activities and household management. You will have the opportunity to prepare different dietary meals during this course. You will gain knowledge in Enteral Nutrition (tub feeding) and Intravenous Therapy and learn to assist a patient/client with medications and your responsibilities and guidelines to follow.

  • Computer Fundamentals

    The Computer Fundamentals course provides you with a basic understanding of common computer applications, keyboarding skills, as well as an introduction to the Windows 7 operating system. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, browsing the Internet, and general management of files and folders.

  • Emergency First Aid/CPR with AED & Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)

    As part of your program, you will attain your Emergency First Aid/CPR with AED training and NVCI certifications.

  • Ethics & Legalities of the Support Worker

    In this section, you will learn about the goal and main responsibilities of the support worker. You will be introduced to the Canadian health care system and how to manage the stress, time and other challenges faced by health professionals. You will also learn to identify the principles of health care ethics and legislation including understanding the patient’s / client’s rights as well as your rights.

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

    You will learn the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with the patients/clients. Become familiar with different workplace settings, the individuals that you work with, the care plan process and confidentiality in the workplace. Discuss how culture may affect communication, family organization, religious convictions and perceptions about illness and health care.

  • Mental Health/Cognitive Impairment

    In this section, you will get an introduction to common psychiatric & mental health disorders as well as substance abuse and various ways that Health Care Aides can support patients/clients living with these disorders. You will learn about the differences between confusion, delirium and dementia (e.g Alzheimer’s Disease) and the mental changes that are associated with them. Other related topics such as speech, language, hearing and vision disorders will also be covered. Developmental disabilities and the causes / effects to the patient and their families will also be discussed.

  • Palliative Care/Promoting Client Well Being

    In this section, you will learn concepts on how to promote a patient/client’s overall health and wellness. Pain management, sleep disorders and how these can affect the whole person will be discussed. You will learn about various types of wounds, complications, how to prevent wounds, as well as how to care for them. Heat and cold therapy guidelines for application and risks / complications associated with them will be discussed. You will be introduced to ideas and theories that will help you in your role as a Health Care Aide including how to assist a person who is dying or impacted by a life-threatening illness as well as how to assist their support network.

  • Safety/Mobility/Infection

    Throughout this section, you will learn best practices for patient/client safety and measures needed to protect yourself and the people you are caring for. You will learn proper transfer and mobility techniques used in today’s healthcare system. Time will be spent in the lab practicing transfers and mobilization with use of specialized equipment. You will learn common aseptic practices, chain of infection, personal protective equipment and how the procedures can be applied in your clinical practice.

  • Employment and Career Management

    This course provides guidance in preparing for your next job interview, including preparation of a resume and cover letter, as well as job-hunting, interview techniques, and assessing your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Health Care Aide Practicum

    A six week work practicum is included in this program. This practicum will give you a chance to put your newly acquired skills to work in a “real-world” environment while gaining valuable experience.

what you could be earning in less than one year$27,040 - $37,440wage data taken from:
program duration26 Weeks
  • Gain experience in simulated laboratory settings equipped with Guldermann lifts and client beds
  • Flexible program schedules with classes starting throughout the year
  • Full-time and part-time programs available - choose from day, evening or weekend classes
  • Earn your Emergency First Aid / CPR with AED certification
  • Earn your Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Certificate

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

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