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Health Care Aide Certificate

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of our Health Care Aide program can work in a variety of health care environments such as: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities and in the community providing home care.

Health Care Aides may have many different titles such as: Personal Care Attendant, Nursing Assistant, Nurse’s Aide Assistant, Home Health Care Aide. All work with a common goal to providing the highest quality of basic care possible to their clients or residents. Health Care Aides can potentially earn $15 – $21 per hour to start.


You will earn and receive the following certificates:

  • Columbia College/Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Certificate
  • WHMIS Certificate
  • Falls Prevention
  • Food Safety
  • Goals of Care
  • Pet Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • The Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary Best Friends Approach Certificate
  • Medication Administration
  • Professional Code of Conduct (Provided at College Convocation or upon request)


Why choose Columbia College’s Health Care Program?

We have been preparing students to become Personal Care Attendants and Health Care Aides since 2003. We are known in the industry and have an excellent record of successfully employed graduates.

Health care aides (HCA) are an unregulated workforce that provide basic health services and support with daily living activities for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations. HCAs work under the direct or indirect supervision of a regulated health professional, such as a nurse, in a variety of settings including:

  • home care
  • assisted living facilities
  • long-term care

The Government of Alberta HCA Provincial Curriculum-2019 is owned and managed by the Ministry of Health. Post-secondary institutions are required to enter into a license agreement with the Ministry of Health to use the Curriculum.


Click Here to see a list of Faculty Members for this course.

Employers of Graduates

The following is a list of organizations that have hired graduates of this program:

  • Intercare: Brentwood, Southwood, and Chinook Care Centres
  • The Brenda Stafford Trust
  • Meadowlark Care Home
  • DDRC
  • CBI Home Health Services
  • McKenzie Towne Care Centre
  • The Edgemont
  • Calgary Elder Care
  • Global Senior Care
  • Sagewood Long Term Care
  • The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station
  • Assisted Living
  • Active Alliance

Graduation/Employment Success

2019 – 2020: 95% Graduation Rate
2019 – 2020: 96% Employment Rate

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