Comprehensive Health Care Aide student in a hospital setting

Comprehensive Health Care Aide


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
  • Proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation – Health Care Provider (CPR-HCP)

  • 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.

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

Full fees for cohort programs are payable prior to the program start date.

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