FAQs | Comprehensive Health Care Aide | Assiniboine Community College
  • School Of Health & Human Services


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the admission requirements for the CHCA program?

    A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent. Additional Requirements include a compulsory orientation and academic assessment.

    Successful applicants must provide further documentation including Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check, CPR certification, immunizations, etc., prior to embarking on their first practicum.

  • What are the "other" costs that I would have to budget for?

    Some of the other costs may include:

    • Miscellaneous school supplies (approximately $50)
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (approximately $90)
    • Criminal Record Check (approximately $20)
    • Child Abuse Registry Check (approximately $10)
    • Immunizations (this can vary up to $120)
    • Uniform, shoes and watch with second hand for practicum
    • Travel to and from the practicum sites
    • Parking at the college and/or at the practicum site
  • What are some examples of career possibilities with this program?

    Graduate CHCAs may be employed at hospitals, personal care homes, private agencies, group homes, private employers and the community.

  • Does the CHCA program have a work practicum?

    This program provides two clinical practicum at the end of each of the two theory sessions. Senior practicum is four weeks in length and provides a variety of practical experience.

  • What are the class sizes like?

    Class sizes are generally at 22 students, depending on the training location. The small class size provides students with good access to instructors throughout the learning process.

  • Do I require any special clothing or equipment?

    Upon acceptance to the CHCA program, applicants will be provided with clothing and supply needs that will include such items as uniform and shoe requirements as well as any other materials.

  • Will I need to have any immunizations?

    Yes, you will. You will be provided with a list of required immunizations at the mandatory orientation session. These immunizations will need to be completed prior to attending practicum, and some will have to be started well in advance of the practicum.

  • Why do I need to have a current criminal record check, Child Abuse Registry check and Adult Abuse Registry check while I am taking the program?

    Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require that students disclose convictions for any offenses.  In some instances, applicants with a criminal record may be unable to complete the program.  Applicants listed on the Child Abuse Registry and/or Adult Abuse Registry will be unable to complete the program if they require practicum experiences involving persons in care.  If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying.

  • What are the scheduled hours for classes?

    Classes run between 8:30 to 3:30 during the regular school week; however, clinical practicum may be scheduled at various times of day throughout the entire week.

  • Can I take the CHCA program by distance?

    Yes, all of the theory courses are available by distance.  You would however need to join a class for Practicum 1 as this practicum is instructor supervised.  Senior Practicum may be arranged through the Program Coordinator.

Fast Facts

Duration/Start 6 months / September

Credential Certificate

Credits 33.00

Optional Exit No

Co-op Work Placement No

Distance Delivery Yes

International Students No

Study Options
On Campus
Distance Education



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