Health Care Aide (HCA)

Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum

School of Business – Cambrooks College, Calgary, Alberta

Cambrooks College offers the Government of Alberta Provincial curriculum for health care aide professionals and caregivers. Graduates of Cambrooks college’s Health Care Aide program can work in a variety of nursing units, long term agencies, community home care agencies, retirement homes, auxiliary hospitals and other institutions where their services are constantly in great demand. Some duties expected of HCA among many others include: provision of personal care, assistance with bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, exercising, lifting and transferring, taking vital signs, assisting with psychological needs and companionship.

Program Length

Program length is 17 weeks

Instructional hours – 305 hours delivered over 11 weeks·

Practicum hours – 240 hours delivered over 6 weeks· Total – 545 hours delivered over 17 weeks.

Our program is very flexible to accommodate your life and work. Students can choose full time and complete in 17 weeks or part time and complete in one year. Also, ask about our PLAR program, which accelerates the completion time at lower cost for candidates with previous experience.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Cambrooks College application form
  • Completed police security clearance
  • Completed immunization record (Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and Tetanus)
  • CPR Level C (for health care workers)

Please note: These requirements must be completed before students are allowed into the practicum areas.

  • Completed Cambrooks College application form
  • Successful completion of the Wonderlic Basic Skills test administered by Cambrooks College
  • Completed police security clearance
  • Completed immunization record (Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and Tetanus)
  • CPR Level C (for health care workers)

Please note: These requirements must be completed before students are allowed into the practicum areas.

Cambrooks College HCA PLAR Process

Skills Development and Assessments

The HCA Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process is for individuals currently employed as Health Care Aides, Personal Support Workers, Nursing Attendants, Internationally Trained Nurses, and out of province trained HCA’s etc. who do not currently possess a Government of Alberta recognized certificate and feel that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the standards for a Health Care Aide certificate.


Self-Assessment Analysis

Applicants are required to complete a self-assessment. This self-assessment lists the course learning outcomes and requires applicants to determine their level of aptitude in each.

Individual Study Plan

Cambrooks education department identifies knowledge and skill gaps and works with the student to create individualized study/training plans. Study plans may sometimes include a practicum experience at one of our partner institutions, especially for internationally trained nurses, who have no working experience in Canada.

Written Exam Challenge

If the self-assessment indicates thorough competency and knowledge of the role of the health care aide; the student may challenge the course exam which will be proctored at the college. An 80% grade is required to pass. The HCA certificate consists of 7 courses. Applicants wishing to obtain their certificate must challenge/pas exam based on the 7 courses.

Self-Study/Online Study /Workshops

If unsuccessful in completing the challenge exam and a Cambrooks College assessor has indicated further training; the student will be provided with a self-study module and/or enrolled in the identified course to take the appropriate training. A retest of the challenge exam is expected at the end of the course.

Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

When the student achieves a passing grade on the individual course exams, the student will be required to successfully complete an in lab skills assessment facilitated by a Cambrooks College educator/and or participate in a practicum experience as the case may be.

Call 403-452-3694 or email info@cambrooks.ca to set up an appointment.
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