Certification Program | Offered in Calgary

Are you seeking an exciting career in the health care industry? If so, then the ABM College Healthcare Aide program may just be what you're looking for!

Students obtain skills in the basics of human anatomy, medical terminology, chronic conditions, palliative care, and more. This intensive program provides both academic health care knowledge in 5 months, and includes practical experience through a 5-week practicum experience.

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.

Next start dates: February 12, 2018 | March 19, 2018 | April 23, 2018

22 Week program – Approximately 485 hours

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

Monthly intake

Program Objectives

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
  • 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
  • And More! 

Who Should Enroll?

Health Care Aides enjoy working with patients/clients who need extra care and attention. You are 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 are prepared to work evenings, nights, and weekends, and additional hours.

Extra Courses:

To give ABM College Healthcare Aides an upper hand in the industry, we provide students with the following additional certifications:

  • Point Click Care
  • It's Your Move
  • Sunrise Clinical management
  • Advanced medication
  • Foot Care
  • Food Safety - nationally accredited (valid for 5 years)
  • Alzheimer's Best Friends seminar
  • Palliative care
  • Supportive Pathways by Carewest

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.

Health Care Aide Program Information Kit

This kit includes a program brochure, admissions checklist, and useful information.
While attending ABM College for the Health Care Aide program in Calgary, I was impressed by the teaching staff for their knowledge and helpful, caring nature. ABM provided me with exactly what I needed to be successful in the working environment.

– Carol Brown

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ABM College is one of the leading career training institutions in Alberta and Ontario. Throughout its history ABM College has provided students with professional training, academic knowledge, and the right skill-set to meet employment market demand. It is a point of pride for us that the vast majority of our graduates are employed within their field of study!