FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS HEACF-CT Health Care Aide

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Overview

  • 20-week certificate
  • Delivered at various campuses:
    • Location open to applicants from all provinces:
    • These locations usually fill with Manitoba residents. Out-of-province applicants may apply to this program but will only be considered should seats be available three months prior to the program start date:
  • Clinical work experience in health care facilities
  • International applicants: Please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions
  • 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 the Program Progression Requirements section on the Admission Requirements page for more information. 

Description

This program develops 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 assisting 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 in actual practice settings in health care agencies.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.

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Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 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 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.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)

    Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
  3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Grade 10
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in Grade 10, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 10 English
      • Grade 10 Math
      • Grade 10 Science
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at 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.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirements 2 and 3

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 15 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 prior to 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
        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.

        Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

        0*0*0*0*
        IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
        Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
        6.06.06.06.0
        PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
        50505050
        Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
        This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
        6.06.06.06.0
        Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
        6.06.06.06.0
        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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        Who Should Enrol?

        Health Care Aide Requisite Skills and Abilities

        There are a number of fundamental skills and abilities that a student must possess in order to work as a Health Care Aide. These essential skills are required in order to be able to work competently in a variety of settings. This information can be used by prospective students in order to determine whether they are able to meet the demands of this career.


        The skills follow the five domains that the College of Registered Nurses uses in describing the requisite skills and abilities of potential nursing students. They have been amended to more clearly reflect the functions of a Health Care Aide. To view the original Requisite Skills and Abilities document please go to www.crnm.mb.ca CRNM and look under Interpretive Documents.

        REQUISITE SKILL AND ABILITY EXAMPLES

        1. Cognitive

        Ability to perform skills which demonstrate thinking capacity:
        • Recall information over time
        • Demonstrate basic math skills
        • Utilize a systematic problem solving approach
        • Identify actions to rectify the problem
        • Know when to consult with other members of health care team

        Example: When transferring a client from the bed to a wheelchair, is able to remember the correct steps (recalls information). If difficulties arise during this process, knows what to do and whom to call in order to keep the client safe (problem solving, actions and who to consult with).

        2. Communication and Interpersonal

        Ability to express and receive written, verbal, or non-verbal language and has the capacity to interact with others in a respectful and professional manner:
        • Read, write, speak and understand in the language of instruction
        • Give and receive information in a positive manner
        • Recognize own non-verbal communication and the ability to interpret non-verbal communication in others
        • Document and report relevant information in a timely manner utilizing both paper and electronic means


        Example: Able to communicate and respond to information from a client (conveyed both verbally and non-verbally) and share this information (give and receive information) with other health care providers either in person or through documentation on paper or electronically where indicated.

        3. Behavioural

        Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner:
        • Accept uniqueness and diversity of all individuals
        • Ability to perform under direction of healthcare professionals
        • Conduct self in a professional manner
        • Practice in a manner consistent with established patient safety policies and procedures
        • Awareness of unpredictable environment
        • Utilize time management skills

        Example: Treats all clients in a professional manner despite differences (accepts uniqueness of all individuals). Is able to take direction from others in a courteous manner (perform under direction of healthcare providers) even when situation becomes stressful. Functions with frequent interruptions and remains calm in emergency situations.

        4. Sensory

        Ability to perceive with each of the following senses well enough to provide care:
        • Sight
        • Touch
        • Hearing
        • Smell
        • Hand-eye coordination (manual dexterity)

        Example: Can see well enough to read written information about client and the equipment at the bedside. Can feel differences in skin temperature with hand touch. Can hear clients’ voices without directly looking at them. Can hear alarms on equipment and patient call systems. Able to recognize abnormal odors. Can manage equipment (manual dexterity) used in providing care to clients (transfer devices, wheelchairs, and commodes).

        5. Physical

        Ability to perform each of the following skills well enough to provide safe care:
        • Lift
        • Carry
        • Stand and maintain balance
        • Perform repetitive actions
        • Push and pull
        • Climb
        • Bend
        • Reach
        • Walk
        • Move within small spaces

        Example: Is able to reposition a client in bed or assist them when getting up. Can climb a flight of stairs unaided if working in a client’s home. Can move easily between a patient’s bed and equipment or in a small space such as a bathroom.

        To be a successful health care worker, you must be a caring person who enjoys working with people of all ages. You should be flexible, and be able to think and act responsibly and with integrity.

        As stated above, you will need good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills so you can develop effective relationships with clients and co-workers. You should be able to accept constructive criticism and improve your performance based on such guidance. You must be prepared to accept a schedule that involves evening and weekend work during your clinical practice experience in the program and in the workplace after you graduate.
         
        Note: Following graduation, employers in health care settings may request security clearance through Criminal Record checks and the Child Abuse Registry. 

        Locations, Dates and Fees

        Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

        Location Start Date Apply Link
        Notre Dame Campus Jan 27, 2025 Apply Now

        Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

        Program/Student Fees
        Year 1
        $6,799.001
        Books and Supplies
        Year 1
        $300.00
        Other Fees
        Year 1
        $350.002
        Program/Student Fees (International)
        Year 1
        $10,715.00
        1Regional Campus fees may vary.
        2Immunizations $100.00 to $300.00. Uniforms/shoes approx. $150.00

        Interlake Campus

        Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

        Location Start Date Apply Link
        Selkirk Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

        Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

        Program/Student Fees
        Year 1
        $3,395.003
        Books and Supplies
        Year 1
        $350.004
        Other Fees
        Year 1
        $600.005
        3Includes Health and Dental Fees
        4approximately
        5includes immunizations, uniform, shoes, AAR, CARC, ACRVS. The cost of CPR-BLS is extra.

        Portage Campus

        Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

        Location Start Date Apply Link
        Portage La Prairie Campus Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

        Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

        Program/Student Fees
        Year 1
        $3,395.006
        Books and Supplies
        Year 1
        $350.007
        Other Fees
        Year 1
        $600.008
        6Includes Health and Dental Fees
        7approximately
        8includes immunizations, uniform, shoes, AAR, CARC, ACRVS. The cost of CPR-BLS is extra.

        Steinbach Campus

        Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

        Location Start Date Apply Link
        Steinbach Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

        Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

        Program/Student Fees
        Year 1
        $3,395.009
        Books and Supplies
        Year 1
        $350.0010
        Other Fees
        Year 1
        $600.0011
        9Includes Health and Dental Fees
        10approximately
        11includes immunizations, uniform, shoes, AAR, CARC, ACRVS. The cost of CPR-BLS is extra.

        Winkler Campus

        Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

        Location Start Date Apply Link
        Winkler Campus Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

        Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

        Program/Student Fees
        Year 1
        $3,395.0012
        Books and Supplies
        Year 1
        $350.0013
        Other Fees
        Year 1
        $600.0014
        12Includes Health and Dental Fees
        13approximately
        14includes immunizations, uniform, shoes, AAR, CARC, ACRVS. The cost of CPR-BLS is extra.

        Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

        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

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        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.
        HCAP-1000Activities of Daily Living, Part 1
        More Information

        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
        More Information

        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
        More Information

        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
        More Information

        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
        More Information

        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
        More Information

        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:
        HEAL-1001Interpersonal Relationships
        More Information

        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-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
        More Information

        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
        More Information

        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.

        SEMR-9078Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (r) Training Program
        More Information

        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.

        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 successfully 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 a 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.

        Clinical practice is arranged by the College. Unit assignments and individual shift schedules will be arranged according to the guidelines agreed upon by RRC Polytech 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 Polytech photo identification.

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

        Computer/Laptop Requirements

        Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at 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/future-students/computer-requirements/ 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 sociocultural and spiritual needs of patients
        • Follow the general scientific principles associated with 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 in job performance

        Recognition of Prior Learning

        For more information contact:

        Alison Fyfe- Carlson  RN BN MA-Ed
        Chair, Nursing Affiliated Programs & International Partnerships and Interprofessional Education School of Health Sciences and Community Services
        C620- 2055 Notre Dame Ave
        204-632-2929
        afyfecarlson@rrc.ca

        Other Information

        Health Care Aide Program Options

        Full-time day program

        • February and August entry dates
        • Days, Monday to Friday
        • 25 hours per week for 14 weeks
        • Clinical practice: approximately 40 hours per week for six weeks; mainly days, a few evenings

        For more information, contact:

        Student Service Centres
        204-632-2327

        Part-time program - School of Continuing and Distance Education (C+DE)

        • Evenings, weekends
        • Offers nine theory courses
        • Includes a three-day skills lab
        • We would be pleased to discuss offering the Health Care Aide program at your off-campus location.

        For more information, contact:

        School of Continuing Education
        204-694-1789

        Regional campuses

        • Full-time day and part-time programs

        For more information, contact the regional campuses directly:

        Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River Campus 204-785-5328
        Portage la Prairie Campus 204-856-1914
        Steinbach Campus 204-320-2500
        Winkler Campus 204-325-9672

        Note: The theory and clinical practice requirements are the same regardless of where the program is delivered.

        Graduation Requirements

        You must successfully complete all theory and practice components of the program. From the time of your initial registration, you must take no longer than 3 years to complete the program.

        You must obtain a minimum grade of 70% (P) in each course to be successful in this program.

        Students who are aware of the fact that they require learning support or assistance for physical or learning disabilities must make an appointment with Counselling and Accessibility Services(CAS) (D101) in advance of beginning the health care aide program. If a student is not sure whether they qualify for these services but think this may be a possibility, it is recommended that the student consult with the Counselling and Accessibility Services office so they can assess the situation and help the student make the decision. Ideally this would take place in May if a September admission is anticipated or November if a February start date is anticipated. This is important as the disability must be documented and the student must be assigned a counsellor from this office. Following this step, those students registered in the Health Care Aide day program at Notre Dame Campus, may then be referred to the Coordinator of Accommodation for Nursing and the Accommodation team, to explore what modifications are reasonable, given the demands of a health care aide and develop a plan. The accommodation required by the student must be reasonable and not cause undue hardship. Furthermore, clinical accommodations must be agreeable to the clinical placement sites. For further information about RRC Polytech’s accommodation process, see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities at: /Catalogue/files/file/disabilities/handbook.pdf

        When you receive your certificate you will be invited to participate in one of the College's semi-annual Convocation ceremonies.

        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
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