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.


Health Care Aides [HCAs] are unregulated workforce that provide basic health services and support with activities of daily living [ADL] 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 [RN, LPN], in various settings including home care, assisted living facilities and long-term care.

Term 1 [16 Weeks]
Course TitleCredits
1 – Health Care Aide Role and Responsibility 2 – The Human Body, Health, and Chronic Illness3 – Communication and Documentation in the Health Care Environment4 – Providing Person-Centred Care and Comfort5 – Clinical Placement 133453
Term 2 [16 Weeks]
Course TitleCredits
6 – Meeting Complex Care Needs7 – Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions8 – Clinical Placement 29 – Consolidated Clinical Placement5553


Alberta Health Care Aide 

Workers Hazardous Materials Information System [WHMIS] 

Heart and Stroke Intermediate [Standard] First Aid/CPR/AED Level C Provider


The Government of Alberta Provincial Health Care Aide Exam provides a standardized assessment to determine Health Care Aide [HCA] students’ success in meeting the entry to practice competencies as outlined in the Alberta HCA Competency Profile [2018]. 

Successfully passing the Provincial HCA Examination is the final step required for Alberta Health Care Aide [HCA] students to graduate from the HCA Program and receive the Government of Alberta 2019 HCA Provincial Curriculum Certificate. 


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Practicum site specific requirements

The following requirements must be met to be eligible for entry into a licensed HCA program:
Academic English Language Arts [ELA]English 20-1 or 20-2 with a minimum score of 60% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent, or English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum score of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent such as a Canadian High School Equivalency Diploma [General Education Development-Test (GED)], or Deemed equivalent by completion of Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Assessment Placement Test – Reading and Writing Tests, with a minimum score of 237 in each category. The Math test is not required. Note: Students who have not met the ELA requirement [i.e., 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, or 30-2 English Level] with the minimum grade are subject to completing the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Assessment Test. This can include students out of province, out of country, or mature students that have been out of school for a significant length of time
English Language Proficiency [ELP]
Candidates where English is a Second Language must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. Equivalencies are as follows:
By presenting a Canadian High School Equivalency Diploma [General Education Development-Test (GED)], or
By attending high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school [Grades 9,10,11,12] with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study, or
Providing evidence of attending two consecutive years of full-time equivalent post-secondary study in English in a subject other than a HCA program at a Canadian institution, or
By completing an approved ELP test with the required Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB]: A minimum CLB of 7 in each of the four language skills [speaking, listening, reading and writing] and not an average of 7 Approved English Language Proficiency [ELP] Tests: a. International English Language Testing System [IELTS] Academic: 6 [with no section score below 5.5],
b. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Testing [TOEFL iBT]: 71,
c. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program [CELPIP] General: 7 [with no section score below 6],
d. Canadian Language Benchmarks Tests/Milestones Test: 7 in each strand, not an average of 7,
e. Duolingo English Test: minimum score of 95, and
f. Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses [CELBAN]: 7 in each area of listening, reading, writing and speaking, not an average of 7.

Test Currency: Results must be obtained within two years of the program’s start date. Test Validity: IELTS-Academic and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing. Results that expire before the program’s start date will not be accepted. Official test results must be submitted directly to MTG Healthcare Academy.
Digital Literacy Candidates must possess knowledge of computer/technology tools to be successful in the program. Candidates must be – Be able to communicate, research and understand information. Know how to use a computer to surf the web and email. Be able to critically evaluate and understand how technology can affect one’s behavior. Be able to create, produce content and effectively communicate using email, media and internet. 
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