Environmental and Workplace Health – WHMIS

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s national hazard communication standard. The key elements of the system are hazard classification, cautionary labeling of containers, the provision of (material) safety data sheets ((M)SDSs) and worker education and training programs.

The basis for hazard classification and communication in WHMIS is changing. With the corporation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling for chemicals (GHS) in WHMIS, the hazard classification and communication requirements of WHMIS have been aligned with those used in the United States and other Canadian trading partners. WHMIS is in a period of transition between two-hazard communication regimes- WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 (which incorporates the GHS).


Learn about WHMIS and how it is implemented in Canada, including its administration and legal foundation (Hazardous Product Act (HPA) and associated regulations). This topic also provides on excluded sectors.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – CPR

Course Description:

This course will provide students the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children, and babies depending on the level of CPR chosen in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.


Supportive Pathway – Carewest

Course Description

The Supportive Pathways program was developed by Carewest to meet the specific needs of residents living with dementia in long term care. This hands-on practical training program for health care staff is accessible, sustainable, and outlines a behavioral management approach that can be easily implemented. Carewest has received requests for this program from across the country and as far away as China. Community colleges in Alberta will be teaching this program which is being enhanced for other health care. Certificates will be issued to each participant from the Covenant Main Office in Calgary.

Assisting With Medication Administration

Course Description

The Provincial Continuing Care Medication Assistance Program (MAP) assists continuing care clients to maintain their independence and optimal level of functioning by supporting them in managing their day-to-day medication needs. Through MAP, competent Health Care Aides available service options that support individuals to remain in their own homes and communities stress on client and/or family, and maintain or improve client health.

A thorough review of the MAP course is covered initially in the 2-day presentation, followed up by more detailed ‘drug related’ information.

The MTG AMA course is concluded with an entire day of exams for the students, including a 3-hour written exam, which includes both short and long answer questions. The majority of the questions focus on the student’s ability to display their critical thinking skills, in relationship to the 7 rights of medication administration, as per AHS guidelines.


The purpose of this document is to clearly define the parameters under which unregulated health care providers can participate in medication assistance activates as an authorized service supervisors, administrators, educators, case managers and health care providers in understanding the evidence-informed best practices and provincially agreed upon recommendations required to meet MAP service expectations.

Medical Office Assistant / Unit Clerk / Medical Transcriptionist

2. 1 Diploma Program Overview

This program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit

Medical Office Assistant/Unit Clerk/Medical Transcriptionist works with doctor’s offices, hospitals, medical or surgical clinics, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies and a variety of other medical office settings.

They are integral members of the health care delivery team and perform many administrative and some basic clinical procedures.  The Medical Office Assistant/Unit Clerk/Medical Transcriptionist primary duties may require them to –

2.1.1  collaborate with all members of the health care team;

2.1.2  promote safety, work in a safe manner, practice universal precautions and maintain a clean working environment;

2.1.3  schedule and confirm medical/surgical appointments, receive and communicate messages for doctors and patients;

2.1.4  type medical records, reports, case history and correspondence from handwritten notes and machine dictation;

2.1.5  interview patients to complete forms, documents and case histories;

2.1.6  complete insurance and other job claim forms;

2.1.7  initiate and maintain confidential medical files and records;

2.1.8  prepare financial statements and handle billing procedures;

2.1.9  plan and initiate procedural set up including those required for patient preparation and maintenance of supplies and equipment;

2.1.10  assist with simple diagnostic procedures as required; and,

2.1.11  perform other general office work as required.

2.2  Program Outline


1.       Duties and Responsibilities of Medical Office Assistant, Health Unit Clerk and Medical Transcriptionist 30 2
2.       Human Anatomy and Physiology 90 6
3.       Medical Terminology 60 4
4.       Medical Documentation 50 3
5.       Admission/Discharge/Transfer 20 1
6.       Scheduling and Medical Billing 80 5
7.       Medical Transcription 80 5
8.       Hospital and Medical Office Skills and Procedures 40 2.5
9.       Basic Office Computer Skills 40 2.5
10.   Medical Laboratory 60 4
11.   Clinical Practicum (Medical Office/Clinic & Hospital Unit) 320 10
TOTAL 870 45


Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 12 (B) and English Proficiency—Students must take IELTS,TOEFL, CELBAN or Benchmark (If they are high school graduates from outside Canada and English is their second language)
  • Biology (Grade 12 equivalent)

Additional Requirements:

  • Computer Skills/Knowledge of Windows Operating System, MS Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer
  • Letter of intent; 300-word essay detailing interest in the program and the field

Pre-Clinical Requirements:

  • Updated Immunization (TB-testing and etc) Records
  • Updated First Aid Certification (Min.Level: HCP-CPR-AED)
  • Up to date Criminal record (police Clearance Vulnerable Clearance Sector)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Medical Office Assistant program can find employment in general/family practices, dental offices, medical specialists’ offices, clinics, chiropractor/physiotherapy / podiatrist practices, diagnostic imaging clinics, senior/nursing homes and various hospital department. Medical Office Assistants are an important part of the health care system delivering administrative and basic clinical services. Relevant positions include:

  • Medical/Dental Receptionist
  • Medical/Health Office Assistant
  • Medical/Health Office Manager
  • Dental Office Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Hospital Patient Registration Clerk
  • Ward Clerk
  • Medical Billing Clerk / Secretary
  • Administrator in Government Health Agencies

Medical Office Assistants

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in this occupational group earned on average $24.00 to $29.88 an hour. The overall average was $27.92 an hour.

Average Hours Worked (per week) 36.6
Overall Average Wage (per hour) $27.92
Overall Average Salary (annual)*, Alberta
*rounded to the nearest dollar

Why MTG Healthcare Academy?

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Internship
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Flexible Class start dates
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • Small class size
  • Stress-free and fun institutional learning environment
  • Highly qualified and motivational instructors

The Diploma Program

The Program consists of 32 weeks with a total number of 870 hours both Theory and Skills or Practicum. It also provides with relevant administrative and high-level technological skills to meet the demands of the current and emerging health care system.

The modes of delivery provide reinforcement and logical progression through basic to advanced and specialized skills level. Workplace simulations assists these students in transferring the learned core competencies to the work environment.

Evaluation and Grading System

Evaluation methods will be graded base on the core competencies that includes classroom instruction and participation, seminar, research work, assignments, seat work and performance in the practical area. It is a condition of approval that a student must be informed of the results of an evaluation of their progress in the program. Students are given 2 attempts to retake the exam or test.

Grading Criteria

Theory 40% Attendance, Assignments and Projects – 20%
Tests and Quizzes – 40%
Final Examinations – 40%
Practicum 60% Attendance / Assignments – 10%
Research – 30%
Performance / Exams – 60%

Passing mark for Theory and Practicum is 70% General Weighted Average (GWA)

Alberta Health Care Aide (2019 Curriculum)

1.1 Program Purpose

This program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit

The Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum will prepare students to work in varied care settings.  The students will acquire knowledge and expertise to assist in meeting the individual needs while preserving the client’s independence.

The Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum demonstrates its concepts as follows:

1.1.1  Each client is unique and is treated with dignity and respect based on their individuality, beliefs and diversity;

1.1.2  By following legal guidelines and agency policies and procedures, the program endorses safe, proficient and quality care of all persons in care;

1.1.3  By promoting wellness, by focusing on each client’s individual capabilities and by supporting clients to function at their personal optimal level, the curriculum assists in preserving a client’s independence;

1.1.4  A positive attitude and effective communication with supervisors, co-workers, clients and families contribute to quality care.


1.2  Program Outline


Term 1

(16 weeks)

1 Health Care Aide Role and Responsibility 3
2 The Human Body, Health, and Chronic Illness 3
3 Communication and Documentation in the Health Care Environment  


4 Providing Person-Centred Care and Comfort 5
5 Clinical Placement 1 3

Term 2

(16 weeks)

6 Meeting Complex Care Needs 5
7 Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions  


8 Clinical Placement 2 (Instructor-Led) 5
9 Consolidated Clinical Placement 3
T  O  T  A  L 36

HCA Program Academic Requirements (2019 Alberta Health Care Program)

  • English Language Arts 20-2
    • 60% or equivalent OR Satisfactory results on Accuplacer Test.

NOTE: Duolingo English Test 95+ accepted.

HCA Requirement for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment)

  • Previous employment including a job description, totalling 600+ hours within the last 3 years as an HCA or Personal care provider
  • English language proficiency (Same as HCA requirements)


Transfer Credits

As provided by the Ministry of Health new policies and program of standards for the HCA Program transfer credits and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, MTG Healthcare Academy will allow transfer credit on a course by course basis from other post-secondary institutions offering the Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum. Only up to fifty percent of course credits or hours can be transferred from another post-secondary institution to MTG Healthcare Aide Academy.

Graduation Requirements

Health Care Aide students must achieve a minimum final grade of 70% in each course and pass the Provincial health Care Aide Examination to graduate from the HCA program and receive the Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum Certificate.

Students who have an unsettled financial obligation to MTG Healthcare Acdemy at the point of program completion will not be allowed to graduate nor join the Convocation. All graduating students are invited to attend the Commencement Exercises. However, as venue capacity if limited, each graduating student is allowed only four (4) guests to join the program.

MTG Healthcare Academy holds Graduation Ceremony of each year in the months of

  • August for Edmonton Campus
  • September for Red Feer Campus, and
  • October for Calgary Main Campus

Post Graduate Work Permit Program

Students are not eligible for Post Graduate Work Permit if they have completed a course or program of study at a Private Career College. Visit this website for further information: