Overview

Our six-month Comprehensive Health Care Aide program prepares graduates to care for patients in a clinical setting. 

Health Care Aides assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients. They help patients with their well-being and assist in managing their health care environment, such as meal and mobility assistance, and observation and reporting of patient conditions. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, organized, and competent manner. 
  • Provide person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client. 
  • Promote the physical, psychological, social, cognitive, and/or spiritual well-being of clients and families. 
  • Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing health, cognitive and/or mental health challenges. 
  • Interact with other members of the health care team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals. 
  • Communicate clearly, accurately, and in sensitive ways with clients and families within a variety of contexts. 
  • Recognize and respond to one’s own self-development, learning, and health enhancement needs. 
  • Perform the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable, and professional and ethical manner. 

Examples of what health care aides do: 

  • Bathe, dress and groom patients. 
  • Serve meal trays and feed or assist in feeding of patients. 
  • Lift, turn and massage patients. 
  • Assist patients with mobility, which may include moving patients in and out of beds, gurneys, and chairs. 
  • Supply and empty bedpans. 
  • Collect specimens such as urine, feces and sputum. 
  • Administer suppositories, colonic irrigations and enemas. 

Success Factors 

You might be a good fit for this program if you would enjoy: 

  • A career in the healthcare field. 
  • Providing basic care and assistance to patients. 
  • Working in a collaborative interdisciplinary team environment. 

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is strongly recommended given the potential need to travel for practicum placement. 

The industry and program environment require individuals to: 

  • Be reliable, punctual, and regularly attend work. 
  • Communicate effectively with others including co-workers and patients. 
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing environments and work-related challenges. 
  • Evaluate the safety of a work site and potential hazards. 
  • Listen to direction and act on that accordingly. 
  • Move safely around the learning environment, skills lab, patient rooms and in a variety of clinical settings. 
  • Safely perform procedures and delegated tasks as directed by nursing and hospital staff. 
  • Safely perform static and physical tasks, such as standing, lifting, and kneeling. 
  • Provide proof of up-to-date immunization, current (within 6 months) criminal record vulnerable sector check, current adult abuse registry check, and current child abuse registry check prior to practicum placement or working. 
  • Work in shifts, schedules, and conditions that are unique to the industry.

If you are an international student, please refer to our Comprehensive Health Care Aide (International) program page.

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation – Health Care Provider (CPR-HCP) or Basic Life Support (BLS)

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 Continuation Requirements

While not admission requirements, students in this program must be prepared to fulfill program continuation requirements. Students must obtain the following prior to their clinical placements in the program and these checks must be valid for the length of their clinical practicum placements.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure they request, pay for, and obtain these checks in the necessary time frames. If you have specific questions about these program continuation requirements, please contact our School of Nursing directly:

  • Current Canadian criminal record vulnerable sector check
  • Current adult abuse registry check
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Up to date immunizations

In some situations, students with a criminal record may be unable to complete the program. Students listed on the Adult Abuse Registry or Child Abuse Registry may be unable to complete the program.

Program Application Checklist

Please use the Program Application Checklist - CHCA to help you submit a complete application.​​​​​​

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

  • Acute and extended-care facilities
  • Personal care homes
  • Private care facilities
  • Mental health and community health settings
  • Home care
  • Private industry

Connections

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.

 

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.

Program Checklist & Textbooks/Supplies

    Technology Requirements

    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

    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 $1,930 $580 $370 $1,480

    All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

     

    International students should refer to the International CHCA program page.

    Courses

    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.

    Courses
    Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
    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.

    0 credit(s) No No No
    Daily Living Laboratory (HLTH-0176)

    Corequisite: HLTH-0175 Daily Living Theory
    This course focuses on basic personal care skills. Some of the topics include principles of good body mechanics, body positioning, moving the client, restraints, aids to mobility, bathing, elimination and skin care. Other topics such as foot care, activities of daily living, clothing and its care, and bed making are covered. A component of this course is learning and understanding medical terminology. This is the laboratory component where personal skills are taught and practiced.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    Daily Living Theory (HLTH-0175)

    Corequisite: HLTH-0176 Daily Living Laboratory
    This course focuses on basic personal care skills. Some of the topics include principles of good body mechanics, body positioning, moving the client, restraints, aids to mobility, bathing, elimination and skin care. Other topics such as foot care, activities of daily living, clothing and its care, and bed making are covered. A component of this course is learning and understanding medical terminology. This is the theory portion of the course.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    Gerontology (HLTH-0004)

    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.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    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.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    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.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    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.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    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.

    3 credit(s) No No Yes
    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.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    Nutrition (HLTH-0002)

    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.

    3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
    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).
    This 120-hour clinical practicum correlates with the theory and personal care skills taught in term one, and is designed to introduce students to the real world of health care. Learners focus on the application of basic skills of the health care aide in order to meet the needs of the client in personal care homes, long-term care facilities and acute care settings. It enables students to integrate theory to practice in the clinical area. This practice is under the close supervision of the college facilitator.

    3 credit(s) No No No
    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
    This 120-hour clinical practicum includes clinical experience designed to introduce students to the role of the health care aide in both the institution and community environments. It correlates with the community health theory taught in terms one and two. Students are able to integrate theory to practice in the clinical area, under the supervision of a preceptor and the college facilitator. This clinical provides students with experience in community care, acute care, psychogeriatrics/mental health and personal care home settings.

    3 credit(s) No Yes No

    Locations

    Permanent Locations 

    Assiniboine has two permanent sites in the province that offer the Comprehensive Health Care Aide certificate:

    Victoria Avenue East campus | Brandon
    • Intakes are offered twice a year in January and September
    • 22 seats are available each intake
    Parkland campus | Dauphin
    • Intakes are offered once a year in January
    • 22 seats are available each intake

    Rural Rotating Sites

    In addition to our permanent program sites, Assiniboine offers in-community training known as rural rotating sites. There are three rural rotating sites for 2024-25. For rural rotating sites not offered in partnership with high schools, admission priority will be given to those who live in a rural community within 100 km of the site.

    Assiniboine has the following rural rotating training sites announced for 2023-24:

    Beausejour - September 2024 start

    • 22 seats are available
    • Applications are open

    Distance Education

    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. 

    2023-24 Comprehensive Health Care Aide Distance Education Schedule

    Registration options:

    • 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. 

    Fast Facts

    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.

    What immunizations are required and when do I need them for the CHCA program?

    Please note that CHCA students are required to complete all immunizations. Use this Immunization Record to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations prior to practicum placement.

    When you receive a letter from the Admissions department indicating your acceptance, you should begin the process of obtaining your immunizations, which will need to submit to the Practicum Coordinator (nursingdocuments@assiniboine.net).

    Note to applicants requiring the Hepatitis B immunization: This immunization requires three doses spaced a number of months apart and requires a minimum of 6 months to complete. Your record can be submitted after you've received the 1st injection unless you are receiving the 2nd or 3rd injection prior to your program start date.