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Certification Program | Offered in Calgary

Are you seeking an exciting career in the health care industry? If so, then the ABM healthcare aide program may be just the thing for you!

In the past health care aides received their training on-the-job; however, due to recent increased regulation in the health care environment employers may only hire Health Care Aids that have obtained an approved Certificate. It has now become standard practice for Health Care Aides to receive the Alberta Health Program through an accredited College.

The Health Care Aide program at ABM College trains its students to identify and respond to patients’ emotional and physical needs. Students learn the basics of human anatomy, medical terminology, chronic conditions, and palliative care. This intensive program provides both academic health care knowledge and practical experience through a 5 week practicum experience in a health care facility.

Health care graduates of ABM College pursue careers in a variety of clinical and care settings, and work with elderly patients, patients with mental health issues, dementia, and patients with special needs. Working environments for Health Care Aides encompass a wide variety of settings including home care, hospitals, auxiliary hospitals, nursing homes, long term care, and group homes.

22 Week program – Approximately 485 hours

17 Weeks of in-class instruction | 5 Week clinical practicum

Monthly intake

Program Outline

The Health Care Aide program is designed to have students:

  • Fully understand the duties and responsibilities of a Health Care Aide
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with patients and how to develop supportive relationships with their families
  • Recognize and respect the concerns of individual patients
  • Provide compassionate physical care which ensures patient safety and comfort
  • Respond to the emotional and physical needs of patients
  • Understand theoretical concepts within the health care industry
  • Understand how to follow institutional policies and directives
  • Document patient records
  • Perform maintenance and home management tasks efficiently
  • Participate as an active member of a health care team
  • Flexible time-tables for students who wish to acquire certification while working
  • Development of the skills and knowledge required to be a health care practitioner
  • Employment readiness, development of interpersonal skills, and career consultation

Method of Learning

  • Self Directed
  • Online/Computer
  • Traditional Lecture
  • College lab

Who Should Enroll?

To be a successful Health Care Aide you should enjoy working with patients/clients who need extra care and attention. You should be flexible in terms of timing and responsibilities, and must have excellent communication skills in order to develop effective relationships with patients and co-workers. You should also be prepared to work evenings, nights, and weekends, and potential additional hours.

Job Opportunities

  • Health Care Aide
  • Client Care Attendant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Residential Aide
  • Caregiver

Course Components:

  1. Working Safely & Effectively as a Health Care Aide
  2. Communication in the Health Care Environment
  3. Structure and Function of the Human Body – Health and Chronic Illness
  4. Providing Client Care and Comfort
  5. Meeting Complex Care Needs
  6. Assisting With Medication Delivery
  7. Special Activities for Diverse Clients
  8. Practicum – 200 hours
  9. Career and Employment Strategies

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

  • Successful completion of English Grade 10 or equivalent and Mathematics Grade 10 or equivalent.
  • Security clearance with vulnerable sector check.
  • CPR level C 3.
  • Up to date immunization.

Mature Admission

  • 18 years or older.
  • Successfully complete the ABM College Entrance Exam with Grade 10 level.
  • Security clearance with vulnerable sector check.
  • CPR level C 3.
  • Up to date immunization.

For further information about our Health Care Aide program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.