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Health Care Aide (HCA)

The Government of Alberta Health Care Aide (HCA) 2019 Provincial Curriculum Certificate is a caregiver program developed by Alberta Health to ensure there is a standardized training curriculum for all front line health care workers. Upon completion of the program, the Health Care Aide will have the ability to provide client care in a safe and competent manner in a variety of health care settings, including long term care, home care, group homes, assisted/supportive living, day programs, specialized care centers, acute care hospitals and private care.

The full certificate program consists of 375 hours of classroom-based theory and laboratory instruction with testing, and 320 hours of clinical placements. Online students would require approximately 24 hours per week to focus on their studies. Intakes occur in the Fall (September) and Spring (March). Program options include full-time classroom-based programs (currently suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic), and a blended online program.

The Excel Academy is licensed to deliver the latest 2019 Health Care Aide (HCA) provincial curriculum, and offers the latest curriculum standards mandated by Alberta Health and Wellness. Students may have the opportunity to receive additional certification in Abuse Prevention & Intervention, Trauma Informed Care, WHMIS, First Aid & CPR, FOIP, Health Information Act, and Boundaries.

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