If you’re driven to make a lasting difference in people’s lives, our 9-month Comprehensive Health Care Aide - International program prepares you for a challenging and fulfilling career in health care. If you have compassion and respect for people of all ages and cultures, then being a health care aide will be a rewarding choice. 

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.

Make a real difference in the lives of others. 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.

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.

Typical tasks in this field include dressing or assisting with hygienic needs, serving meals and feeding clients, lifting, moving, or assisting patients in walking, and observing and reporting patient conditions.  

Further details and upcoming intakes of this program are available on our Available Cohorts page.

*If you are not an international student, please refer to our Comprehensive Health Care Aide program page.


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • Current criminal record check
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Current adult abuse registry check
  • IELTS Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no subscore less than 5.5 or equivalent score on other acceptable English Language Proficiency assessment.

You will need to request and pay for Canadian criminal record, adult abuse and child abuse record checks soon after you begin the program. 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. 

You will also be required to provide proof of relevant immunizations, soon after you begin the program. Information will be given to you early in the program so you can plan to complete and pay for immunizations you do not currently have. Without all immunizations, you will not be allowed to attend practicum placements required for graduation.

International students enrolled in this program will complete BLS (basic life support) during the first three months of their preparatory studies. You must successfully complete this training as a prerequisite for later courses.

Careers & Connections


Graduates will find employment in acute and extended care hospitals, personal care homes, private care facilities, mental health settings and home care.

See the National Occupation Code description for typical jobs here: Government of Canada National Occupation Code - Health Care Aide 

CHCA jobs in rural Manitoba (not the Winnipeg area) are on the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program In-Demand Occupations list

Tools & Supplies

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. Textbooks are included in the cost of this program. However, there are some tools and supplies that will be required. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. 

At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

2020 Program Estimates:

Tuition including textbooks: $16,995

Health Insurance: approximately $955

Other supplies: approximately $650

All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

These amounts are non-refundable and full payment is required prior to the program start. 

Program Details

Please read and think about the following information below carefully to decide whether this program is a good fit for you. This information may change and is simply intended to offer you a helpful perspective on what you will experience in this program.

Program Schedule

  • Theory and Lab Courses: Monday to Friday, 6 hours of class. (Day or evening classes are possible; do NOT plan a job or other responsibilities until you receive the full schedule.) 
  • Practicums: Various day or evening shifts, could include Monday to Sunday 

What You’ll Study

  • Canadian workplace culture, medical terminology, and student success skills. 
  • Activities of daily living, like toileting, bathing, feeding, movement and communication. 
  • Human growth/development, mental health, nutrition, gerontology (science of aging). 
  • Health issues and community health. 
  • Employability skills for health care, including human relations, teamwork, safety, communication. 

How You’ll “Learn by Doing”

  • Learn and practice daily living skills (examples: toileting, bathing, feeding, movement and communication) in health care lab 
  • Two 4-week unpaid practicum placements in long-term care and acute care facilities. As part of team, provide daily living care to patients who are sick, disabled, elderly and/or chronically ill. 

What You’ll Need to Do for Success

  • Attend all classes, labs and practicum shifts; arrive on time every day. 
  • Purchase all required books and supplies, including uniforms and shoes. 
  • Work co-operatively in teams and behave respectfully to all students, staff and clients. 
  • Dress appropriately, especially for labs and practicums. 
  • Maintain cleanliness of yourself and your uniform. 
  • Share work of keeping classroom, laboratory and practicum facility clean. 
  • Complete required immunizations, at your expense and on your own time—before first practicum. 
  • Complete clinical pre-requisites, at your expense and some on your own time—before first practicum. 
Theory Courses
  • Pass all theory classes with 80% minimum grade. Attendance, punctuality and professional behavior will be part of grades. 
  • Evaluation includes tests, group projects, presentations and research papers, so all English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) are important. 
  • Do your own work. Cheating or using other people’s work could result in failing grades/suspension. 
  • Practice all skills in the lab until you can demonstrate “mastery”—do them correctly and quickly. 
  • Pass all lab skills testing. 
  • Manage physical demands like lifting, bending, using equipment, assisting clients with walking, cleaning beds and rooms. 
  • Appropriately and safely deal with blood, urine, faeces and other bodily fluids. 
  • Be patient and kind with clients, including those in poor mental and/or physical health. 


How College Can Help You 

  • Trained instructors will share their knowledge and experience from health care workplaces, and will give you specific feedback on your theory and lab progress. 
  • Learning Curve staff available to assist with study skills, like test-taking and writing papers. 
  • Student advising staff can offer support for personal issues. 

Job Options for Graduates 

  • Please see the National Occupation Code description for typical jobs.
  • Please note, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program will accept CHCA jobs ONLY outside of Winnipeg and the surrounding area. If you want to use a CHCA job in a MPNP application, you will need to live and work in rural Manitoba, NOT in the Winnipeg area.Visit immigratemanitoba.com for more details.
  • Work in personal care homes, hospitals, home care and related health care and social services organizations. 
  • Many jobs are part-time or casual. 


  • All tuition is payable before program start and is non-refundable. If you fail a course and must repeat it, you will pay tuition for that course when you repeat it. 
  • Health insurance is also required for all international students and must be paid before the first day of class.
  • Uniforms and related supplies, vaccinations, and clinical pre-requisites: approximately $650. Purchased on your own, not payable to college. Required early in program. 
  • Transportation to and from college, and to and from practicum placements, is your responsibility. 
  • Living costs are your responsibility. 

Other Important Information

You will require a “Co-op Work Permit” from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, before you can legally start your practicum. If you are applying for your study permit with ACC’s letter of acceptance, apply also for your co-op work permit at that time. If you already have a study permit, you will need to request a co-op letter from us when you start the program, and apply for the permit immediately after that. 

If you fail any courses, or if you do not complete clinical pre-requisites before first practicum, you will have an interruption in study. A student cannot legally work during this interruption in study, and it would also be a problem for a post-graduate work permit application. 

The CHCA—International program may not be available every year. Therefore, if you fail a course and/or cannot go on practicum, the college CANNOT guarantee a seat will be available in another intake, and you may not be able to graduate from the program. 

Questions about the information on this page? 

Contact Assiniboine International at international@assiniboine.net or 204.725.8700 ext. 6640.

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