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HCA Diploma Program Information

Do you have a warm heart but also a strong will and feel passionate about promoting and maintaining the health and well being of individuals?  The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program at Sprott Shaw College could be just the career you are looking for!

Health Care Assistants (HCAs) are also known as Resident Care Attendants (RCAs) or Care Aides, help patients and their families deal with health challenges such as regular age related issues or mental health issues.

HCA’s play an important role in the health care team by promoting and assisting clients maintain their health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being.  A Health Care Aide provides personal care assistance and services that supports the unique needs of clients and their families under the direction and supervision of other health care professionals.

Students will develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be effective front-line care-givers.  Students will receive training in:

  • Basic and Advanced Hospice Palliative Care
  • Providing acute care such as wound care, post-operative care, IV’s and oxygen
  • Caring for people with cognitive challenges
  • How to conduct physical examinations
  • Violence Prevention
  • Introduction to Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Observation
  • First Aid and CPR (C level certification)
  • FoodSafe and WHMIS

The Health Care Assistant program also includes the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention© Seminar using the Crisis Prevention Institute© curriculum and training. Students will be able to take the exam to become Blue Card™ endorsed.

Students will also participate in clinical and practical training. 

Contact Sprott Shaw College to find out about prerequisites, tuition, course start dates etc. 

Health Care Assistants (HCAs) are prepared to work in healthcare facilities and community agencies such as Home Support Agencies, Assisted Living and Acute/Complex Care Facilities, Adult Day Care Centres and private homes.

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Career Opportunities include:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Resident Care Attendant (RCA)
  • Care Aide

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