FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS HCAUF-CT Health Care Aide and Health Unit Clerk

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Overview

  • 1-year certificate
  • Delivered at Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Clinical work experience in Health Care facilities
  • If you have a criminal record, you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry, you will not be able to complete this program. See Program Progression Requirements for more info. 
Description:

The Health Care Aide Term helps you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a health care worker who, under the supervision of a nurse, assists hospital patients, personal care home residents, or home care clients. Health Care Aides help people to remain independent by helping them with their physical, emotional, and social needs and their daily activities.

You will learn about the expectations and responsibilities of the role and the knowledge and skills required to be a Health Care Aide. You will study related topics, including interpersonal communications, growth and development, gerontological care, and home care.

You will have opportunities to gain experience in simulated laboratory settings at the College and actual practice settings in health care agencies.

The Health Unit Clerk Term helps you acquire the knowledge and skills required to function as part of a health care team. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of a Health Unit Clerk (HUC), including:
  • Maintaining patient and unit records
  • Processing physician orders
  • Processing diagnostic and laboratory orders
  • Managing unit supplies.
This program has work practicum (480 Clinical Hours) as an integral part of the program that provides students with an opportunity to test skills learned in the classroom and to expand their knowledge through related work experience. 

Admission Requirements

However, if you apply within six weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within five days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements 

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
      • Grade 10, 11 or 12 Science
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at the time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form

Program Progression Requirements

Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.

  • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
    • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
      • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
      • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
      • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
    • If you have a criminal record, you may not be able to complete the program
    • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry, you will not be able to complete the program
    • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained before the timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
    • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
    • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
      and
  • Immunizations and Testing
  • First Aid Course
    • Submit proof of current certification in the appropriate First Aid course.  To confirm which course you need to complete for this program, click here
      and
  • Personal Health Information Act (PHIA)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of  Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) workshop attendance

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
60506060
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
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Communication for Health Professions (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
7777
Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
7777
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)

* MINIMUM OVERAL SCORE OF 115 REQUIRED.

There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

Red River College will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 30, 2021. Beginning December 31, 2021 we will no longer accept Duolingo assessments to meet English language requirements.

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IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.06.06.06.0
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
50505050
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.
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Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Books and Supplies
Year 1
$1,300.00
Other Fees
Year 1
$350.001
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$15,570.00
1Immunizations $100 to $300. Uniforms/shoes approx. $150.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1151Communication for Health 1
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Your success in finding and keeping a job as a Health Care Aide will depend on your ability to communicate effectively with employers, clients and coworkers.

The focus of this course will be on the language, culture and communication for Health Care Aides in the Canadian health care context.  This communication course will help you develop the competencies required to effectively communicate in the role of Health Care Aide.  As well, this course aims to teach the tools and skills necessary to prepare students to successfully compete in today’s competitive job market.  Through relevant listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks you will have the opportunity to build language skills and intercultural competence to be applied in a practical setting.

COMM-2009Communication for Health 2
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Your success in finding and keeping a job as a Health Unit Clerk will depend on your ability to communicate effectively with employers, clients and coworkers.

The focus of this course will be on the language, culture and communication for Health Unit Clerk in the Canadian health care context.  This communication course will help you develop the competencies required to effectively communicate in the role of Health Unit Clerk.  As well, this course aims to teach the tools and skills necessary to prepare students to successfully compete in today’s competitive job market.  Through relevant listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks you will have the opportunity to build language skills and intercultural competence to be applied in a practical setting.

COMP-1081Computers - IntroRPL
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Increase your knowledge of computer fundamentals using a current Windows operating system. Content includes an introduction to the Internet and common Microsoft Applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

If you are taking courses by distance delivery, you must have access to a computer with the appropriate Microsoft Office software and Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.

HCAP-1000Activities of Daily Living, Part 1
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Gain the knowledge and skills to assist clients with daily activities. Learn more about mobility, hygiene and grooming. You must also complete the skills lab.

Prerequisites:
HCAP-1001Activities of Daily Living, Part 2
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Continue to develop the knowledge and skills you'll need to assist clients with activities of daily living. Topics include nutrition, circulation, respiration, and elimination. You must also complete the skills lab.

Prerequisites:
HCAP-1006Introduction to Gerontology
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Explore the concepts of the aging process. Examine the critical issues that affect aging, personal adaptation to aging, and community resources. Topics include the demography of aging, societal and personal attitudes to aging, major theories of aging, physical aging, psycho-social aging, economic, social and political factors.

HCAP-1131Caring for Clients in the Community
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Examine home care and other community agencies and the services they provide to clients in the community. Discover the differences in caring for clients in community settings, and the special skills needed by direct service workers.

Prerequisites:
All Health Care Aide courses must be completed prior to taking this course
HCAP-1132Growth and Development
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Explore the concepts of a family unit and the role that each member plays. Examine the various stages of growth and development throughout the life cycle. The issue of domestic violence will also be addressed.

Prerequisites:
HCAP-1133Long-Term Care
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Identify role change and other tasks associated with the long-term care. Common health problems will be discussed. Rehabilitation and the promotion of independence are stressed. Other topics include mental health and illness, informal care giving, institutionalization and end-of-life care.

Prerequisites:
HCAU-9001HCA and HUC Repository
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(No description available at this time)

HCAU-9001HCA and HUC Repository
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(No description available at this time)

HEAL-1001Interpersonal Relationships
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Examine the process of communication and develop interpersonal communication skills. Learn how concepts such as basic human needs, the helping relationship, mental health and stress impact interpersonal relationships.  Explore theory and practice related to written communication, job search skills and the use of medical terminology.

HEAL-1013HUC - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Orders
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Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to accurately process diagnostic and therapeutic orders.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1022HUC - Order Transcription
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Gain knowledge of both generic and trade names of common medications. Students will be required to accurately process medication orders using a variety of administration routes.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1031HUC - Medical Terminology
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Discover the technical language of medical science. Includes the fundamentals of medical language including word components, definitions, spelling and pronunciation using a systems approach. Basic anatomy and physiology are included to assist in understanding the structure and function of organs and systems in the human body.

HEAL-1134Admission-Transfer-Discharge
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Acquire the knowledge and skills to manage the procedures for the admission, transfer and discharge of patients. Included in the course are preoperative and postoperative orders.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1831Safety in Health Care Settings
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Discuss principles of medical asepsis, infection control and the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases. Accident and fire prevention, and the role of the health care aid/health unit clerk in an emergency are stressed.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1845Health Care Delivery
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Cultivate an understanding of the Manitoba health care system. Topics include the roles of individual members of the health care team, multiculturalism, ethical and legal considerations, problem-solving and the organization of workload, and the role of the health care aide in admitting, transferring and discharging patients.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1845 Health Care Delivery can be taken in conjunction with HEAL-1001, HCAP-1006, HCAP-1132, HEAL-1831 and SEMR-9078
PRAC-1130Health Care Aide Clinical Experience
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The clinical practice course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills learned in the theory courses. Students are eligible for clinical practice after successfully completing all theory courses. The clinical practice course is a minimum of six weeks (full-time) in length. Students will have a three-week clinical experience in both an acute and a long-term care setting.  During clinical practice, students will practice directly with an experienced health care aide preceptor, under the supervision of a RRC clinical instructor. Clinical practice is arranged by Red River College. Unit assignments and individual shift schedules will be arranged according to the guidelines agreed upon by RRC and the health care facility. Please note that the clinical practice course requires a BLS for Health Care Provider certificate, proof of PHIA attendance, and RRC photo identification. Students must submit an Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) check and a Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) check within six months prior to the start date of clinical.

PRAC-1132HUC - Clinical Practice
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Providing students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills in the practice environment.

SEMR-9078Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (r) Training Program
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The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (R) Program is a safe, non-harmful behaviour management system designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive and assaultive people, even during the most violent moments. It has been developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute, a training organization devoted to training staff in the safe management of potentially violent individuals.

*If you are in the Educational Assistant program (Winnipeg location or part-time Distance) and require NVCI to complete your program, please contact the program facilitator at cpfau@rrc.ca. 

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The Health Care Aide Clinical Experience course provides you with the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills learned in the theory courses. You are eligible for clinical Practice after completing all theory courses.

The clinical practice course is a minimum of six weeks (full-time) in length. You will have a three-week clinical experience in both an acute and long-term care setting. This includes a short experience in a community (home care) setting. During Clinical Practice, you will practice directly with an experienced health care aide preceptor, under the supervision of a College clinical instructor.

The College arranges Clinical Practice. Unit assignments and individual shift schedules will be set according to the guidelines agreed upon by RRC and the health care facility.
Note: The clinical practice course requires a BLS for Health Care Providers Certificate, proof of PHIA (Personal Health Information Act) workshop attendance, and RRC photo identification.

You must submit the Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector, and Provincial Child Abuse Registry check documents within six months of attending the clinical practice course.

The HUC-Clinical Practice provides you with the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills learned in the theory courses. You are eligible for clinical Practice after completing all theory courses.
 
The HUC-Clinical Practice is a minimum of six weeks (full-time) in length. The College arranges Clinical Practice. Unit assignments and individual shift schedules will be set according to the guidelines agreed upon by RRC and the health care facility. For your practicum placement, you must be available for various shifts, days/evenings/weekends. All practicums are arranged by the College and will take place in Winnipeg.

Practicum Eligibility Requirements

You must submit the following documents a minimum of four weeks before the start of the practicum:
1. Immunization and Testing
2. Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS), Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) check conducted no more than six months before you attending the clinical Practice. You must submit original documents. For further information, see Police Information Check.

3. Proof of attendance at a Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) information session

4. A copy of your RRC photo identification

5. A copy of Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider (formerly BLS for Health Care Providers) - Level C (must be current within one year before you attending the practicum). The course must comply with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada guidelines.

6. Proof of completion in the Non-violent Crisis Intervention ® Training Program (program must be current within one year before attending the practicum)

7. Proof of N95 mask fitting. The College will arrange fittings. You will be responsible for any associated fees

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at a minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high-speed internet connection

  • Recommended minimum speed: 10 Mbps for download, 3 Mbps for upload
  • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
  • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/studentcomputing for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, under the supervision of a nurse, will show evidence of a beginning ability to:
  • Understand and use the theory that forms the basis of the responsibilities of the health care aide
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the individuality, rights, and concerns of patients
  • Communicate effectively with patients and their families
  • Develop helping relationships with patients and their families
  • Provide direct care that promotes the comfort and safety of patients
  • Promote independence, particularly with activities of daily living, within-patient capabilities
  • Detect and report changes in the physical and emotional status of patients
  • Respond to the physical and emotional needs of patients
  • Recognize and report concerns associated with the socio-cultural and spiritual needs of patients
  • Follow the general scientific principles related to theoretical concepts
  • Follow institutional policies
  • Perform manual skills safely and effectively
  • Perform selected home management and maintenance tasks safely and efficiently
  • Use a problem-solving approach
  • Organize and prioritize own workload
  • Document on patients' records appropriately
  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient information
  • Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with other health care team members
  • Participate as a member of the health care team
  • Demonstrate responsibility for job performance
  • Apply theory-based knowledge to the role of the Health Unit Clerk.
  • Recognize, understand and respect the individuality, rights and concerns of clients.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and with health care team members.
  • Participate as a member of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Organize and prioritize your workload.
  • Perform skills and tasks safely and effectively.
  • Follow institutional policies.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning and continued professional growth.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the Health Care Aide program will be eligible for employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Extended or long-term care hospitals
  • Personal care homes
  • Community or home care agencies

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact the Centre for International Education and Global Partnerships at 204.632.2143.

Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents by mail to the appropriate individual/campus.

Notre Dame Campus
Alison Fyfe-Carlson (program information)
Red River College
C620 - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
afyfecarlson@rrc.ca

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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