Comprehensive Health Care Aide
Do you have what it takes to help those who need it most? Learn practical skills to care for patients and to communicate in a clinical setting. Help patients with their well-being and assist in managing their health care environment.
Support people who require help with their own care and who may have trouble with mobility, feeding and communication, as well as other needs. Be job-ready through diverse practicum placements and hands-on experience.
The Comprehensive Health Care Aide program will give you opportunities to practice in a wide variety of health care settings. Your education will emphasize skills that future employers are looking for, including assisting with activities of daily living, meal and mobility assistance, and observation and reporting of patient conditions.
Upon graduation, you will be an important part of a health care team. You will provide much-needed personal support and services to the sick, disabled, elderly and chronically ill.
A certificate as a Comprehensive Health Care Aide can open the door to jobs for you in hospitals, personal care homes, acute and extended care, doctor’s offices, private care facilities, mental health settings and home care.
If you are an international student, please refer to our Comprehensive Health Care Aide (International) program page.
- A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
- Current criminal record vulnerable sector check
- Current child abuse registry check
- Current adult abuse registry check
- Proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation – Health Care Provider (CPR-HCP) or Basic Life Support (BLS)
This program provides two clinical practicum placements at the end of each of the two theory sessions. Senior practicum is four weeks in length and provides a variety of practical experience.
Applicants who are accepted into the program will also be required to provide proof of up-to-date immunization prior to the start of practicum rotations.
English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.
Program Application Checklist:
Please use the Program Application Checklist - CHCA to help you submit a complete application..
Criminal Record Check/Abuse Registry Checks
Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offenses. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record or listed on the Child Abuse Registry and/or Adult Abuse Registry may not be admitted to the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Nursing prior to applying.
Careers & Connections
Graduates will find employment in acute and extended care hospitals, personal care homes, private care facilities, mental health settings and home care.
Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.
The below video offers you an overview about career pathways in this field upon graduation to work as a Health Care Aides. Prairie Mountain Health is one such employer of Health Care Aides in Manitoba.
Tools & Supplies
Textbooks, supplies and uniforms for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus. Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.
Our labs simulate the health care setting, utilizing the most up to date equipment in order to accurately reflect potential situations in a variety of areas.
Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career.
Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop for use on-campus. The laptop must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.
Courses & Costs
Estimated Program Costs (Domestic students)
|Credits||Tuition||Course fees||Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)||Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies|
|Comprehensive Health Care Aide||33||$1,820||$530||$360||$1,550|
All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
International students should refer to the International CHCA program page.
To graduate with a Comprehensive Health Care Aide certificate, students must successfully complete 27 academic credits and 6 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.
College Foundations (PEDV-0356)
This course improves students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.
Daily Living Laboratory (HLTH-0176)
Corequisite: HLTH-0175 Daily Living Theory
Daily Living Theory (HLTH-0175)
Corequisite: HLTH-0176 Daily Living Laboratory
This course enables the learner to explore their own attitudes towards old age and the aging process. It includes topics such as changes in normal aging, promoting wellness and independence, death and dying, and palliative care.
Growth and Development (HLTH-0003)
This course provides a general overview of growth and development from infancy to late adulthood. Students examine normal physical, cognitive, social and emotional development through the stages of life.
Health Issues/Community Health (HLTH-0005)
This course focuses on the basic structure and functions of the body systems. It involves topics that address problems affecting the following systems: respiratory, circulatory, neurological, musculoskeletal and endocrine. Cancer and the problems associated with this disease are discussed. Community health is discussed with a focus on agencies providing community health care, organization of work in community settings and assisting with elimination in the home care environment. This course provides for a campus laboratory component.
Health, Environment & Safety (WRKP-0002)
This course introduces the learner to health care and its diverse environments. It includes topics such as the role of the health care aide, the health team, ethics and legal issues, organization for work and safety in the workplace. Topics such as infection control, providing a clean environment, communicable diseases, accident prevention, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and fire safety are also discussed.
Human Relations/Communication (COMM-0037)
This course provides a general overview of the basic communication process. It includes effective and ineffective communication techniques and provides for communication practice sessions. The course also focuses on values and goals clarification and includes topics such as social and emotional needs of clients, stress, families and their members, and caring for culturally diverse client groups.
Mental Health (HLTH-0006)
This course focuses on the general issues affecting mental health and mental illness. It includes topics such as personality and behaviour, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, mood disorders, abusive behaviours, psychogeriatrics, activities and therapies, and non-violent crisis intervention.
This course focuses on the basic principles of promoting and maintaining a client's health and wellness related to diet. It includes topics such as menu planning, special therapeutic diets, mealtime, food handling and storage. This course includes a campus laboratory component.
Practicum 1 - CHCA (PRAC-0074)
Prerequisites: HLTH-0175 Daily Living Theory, HLTH-0176 Daily Living Laboratory, HLTH-0003 Growth and Development, WRKP-0002 Health, Environment & Safety, COMM-0037 Human Relations/Communications, HLTH-0002 Nutrition, Immunizations, proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - Health Care provider Level C, current Criminal Record Check, current Child Abuse Registry Check and initial Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (Unit 1 through 10).
Senior Practicum CHCA (PRAC-0040)
Prerequisites: PRAC-0074 Practicum 1 - CHCA, HLTH-0003 Growth and Development, HLTH-0005 Health Issues/Community Health, HLTH-0006 Mental Health
The Comprehensive Health Care Aide certificate program is available for study through distance education. To see when courses are being offered throughout the year, the costs and how long you have to complete them, click on the schedule below.
2022-23 Comprehensive Health Care Aide Distance Education Schedule
- If you are an active Assiniboine student in the Comprehensive Health Care Aide program, you can register directly with the Registrar’s Office. See contact information below.
- If you are not an active Assiniboine student in the Comprehensive Health Care Aide program but wish to enrol in the program, you may do so by applying online www.assiniboine.net/applynow.
- If you are not an active Assiniboine student in the Comprehensive Health Care Aide program, but you are interested in taking a few courses, you may register for courses up to a maximum of 12 credits. Please register directly with the Registrar’s Office. See contact information below.
To register, call 204.725.8701 to register with a credit card.
The deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month however, you can register at any time - you don’t need to wait for the deadline. For example, for January 1st courses, the deadline to register is December 20th.
Once you have registered for your course, you’ll get information about your instructor, how to purchase your textbook(s) and course delivery.
We recommend that you start with one course to get a feel for the course load. After that, it's up to you how many courses you take.
Please ensure that you review our academic policies, including policy A20: Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses, which explains the refund policy for distance education courses; and A10: Maintaining Active Student Status, which details how often you need to complete a course to remain active in your program. You have five years to complete a program.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next program information session?
Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming.
To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.