We have been preparing students to become Personal Care Attendants and Health Care Aides since 2003. We are known in the industry and have an excellent record of successfully employed graduates.
Health care aides (HCA) are an unregulated workforce that provide basic health services and support with daily living activities for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations. HCAs work under the direct or indirect supervision of a regulated health professional, such as a nurse, in a variety of settings including:
- home care
- assisted living facilities
- long-term care
The Government of Alberta HCA Provincial Curriculum is owned and managed by the Ministry of Health. Post-secondary institutions are required to enter into a license agreement with the Ministry of Health to use the Curriculum.
Columbia College’s Health Care Aide program follows the Government of Alberta Health Provincial 2019 curriculum.
Full Time 2 Terms (32 weeks in total)
- 24 weeks of Classroom / Lab Instruction (approx 15 hours/week) (Monday – Thursday) (Daytime classes: 08:00-12:00)
- Supported Tutorials (Friday – 12 pm – 5 pm) and on-line Learning Activities
- 8 weeks of Practicum experience (40 hours/week) (Monday – Friday)
- Practicums will take place primarily Monday to Friday and may include: days and evenings and could potentially include weekends.
- Students will be required to travel to various locations in order to complete their clinical and practicum placements. Clinical and practicum placements will be provided as available. Every effort is made to accommodate students in clinical placements within the time frame of the program, however in rare instances there may be a delay in program completion until a clinical placement can be arranged.
Facilitator to Student Ratios:
- Classroom / Lab: 24 Students to 1 Facilitator
- Practicum: 8 Students to 1 Facilitator
Scholarships and Bursaries
We are pleased to inform you of an opportunity for a Government of Alberta tuition bursary for students who are starting their HCA program on or after July 1, 2022.
Applications will open on July 1, 2022 with Norquest College being the government appointed administrator for this program. NorQuest will review and approve submitted applications based on a student’s eligibility. Students do not have to attend NorQuest College to be granted the bursary. Columbia College’s students are eligible for this.
More information regarding this program can be obtained from their website: Alberta Health Care Aide bursaries – NorQuest College – Edmonton, Alberta
To be eligible for this program as a Columbia College HCA student:
- You must be enrolled in an AB licensed HCA program that will start on or after July 1, 2022.
- This program is on a first come-first served basis. Preference will be given if attending the HCA program full-time or currently working for a continuing care operator (community or facility) in a non-clinical capacity
- You have submitted an HCA Tuition Bursary form available through Norquest College (please see link on how to apply below) along with the supporting documents
- You are willing and able to sign a return to service agreement (submitted to Norquest College):
- Eligible students must commence employment as a HCA for an identified Continuing Care operator within two months of successfully completing the HCA program.
- Eligible students must work a minimum of 2,000 hours within two years of commencing employment.
The bursary amount is up to $9,000, disbursed at intervals throughout the HCA program:
- $3,000 on successful completion of Courses 1-5;
- $6,000 on successful completion of the program, including passing the provincial final exam.
- Click on the link below:
- You will be asked to provide proof of enrolment in a licensed AB HCA Certificate program
- Submit a return to service agreement.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need help with the application. We are here to help support you.
Columbia College has been listed as an accepted education provider for the Bethany Care Society Scholarships & Awards Program. Scholarships and awards are available for health care aide, nursing & allied health students pursuing a career in continuing care between September 2022 and August 2023.
How to Apply?
- Applications are closed at this time. For information about future Bethany Care Scholarships click here.
Columbia College’s tuition and general fees come into effect August 1 of each year.
For more information about tuition and the Columbia College Tuition chart, please see the Tuition and Fees page.
Tutoring is available for students. If you require tutoring, please contact your Program Chair or Coordinator.
To graduate from this program, students must successfully complete all Health Care Aide courses and achieve an overall program grade point average of 2.7 or higher.
Graduates of our Health Care Aide program can work in a variety of health care environments such as: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities and in the community providing home care.
Health Care Aides may have many different titles such as: Personal Care Attendant, Nursing Assistant, Nurse’s Aide Assistant, Home Health Care Aide. All work with a common goal to providing the highest quality of basic care possible to their clients or residents. Health Care Aides can potentially earn $19.92 – 24.95 per hour to start.
The following is a list of organizations that have hired graduates of this program:
- Alberta Health Services (AHS)
- Intercare: Brentwood, Southwood, and Chinook Care Centres
- The Brenda Stafford Trust
- Meadowlark Care Home
- CBI Home Health Services
- McKenzie Towne Care Centre
- The Edgemont
- Calgary Elder Care
- Global Senior Care
- Sagewood Long Term Care
- The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station
- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 1
- Assessments Yes