HEALTH CARE AIDE PROGRAM
The Health Care Assistant program at ProCare Institute provides students with the skills to provide professional care to individuals of every age, and assist them in meeting their daily physical, social and emotional needs. ProCare's graduates are qualified to work in a wide range of health care settings, including Long Term Care facilities, acute care hospitals, group homes, and assisted living residences.
Graduates receive a Health Care Assistant (Combined Skills) diploma from ProCare Institute Inc. In addition, they receive a certificate for Assisted Living (a complement to the Health Care Assistant diploma), and a certificate in Techniques and Skills in Dementia Care. Students also receive certificates upon completion of the following:
- First Aid and CPR (Level C)
- Basic Medication Administration for the Health Care Worker
Our Standards for Instruction
ProCare's training exceeds the requirements of the provincial curriculum guidelines. The course is taught by qualified RN, LPN or RPN instructors. Class sizes are kept small, particularly in the Clinical portion of the program, where the ratio is eight students per one instructor. This enables ProCare students to receive individualized instruction, and also allows students to be successful with learning difficulties or English as a second language.
Just over half of ProCare's training takes place in the classroom, where the students develop a firm foundation in subjects including anatomy and physiology, care of persons with mental illness, sub-acute care, nutrition, and common health problems among the elderly, to name a few . In addition, they complete labs in such areas as communication, body mechanics, lifts and transfers, safety and conflict resolution. The classroom component takes place three days a week, eight hours per day, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. For further information, contact our office, and we will be able to provide you with a detailed description of our program, and an application if you decide to apply for admittance.
Approximately mid-way through the course, students enter their Clinical Practise, where they obtain hands-on experience. Students put their classroom knowledge into action while caring for individuals in long-term care hospitals, group homes, assisted living facilities, and in community care.
Students enter the facilities accompanied by the instructor, who is there to teach them, guide them and support them as they develop their nursing skills and become adept at performing the daily tasks of care giving. During this component, students are evaluated on their progress by their instructor, with the Clinical Practise comprising 40% of the final mark. ProCare's instructor/student ratio during the clinical experience is never greater than one instructor per eight students.
Resumes, Job Search and Interview Skills
Students undergo preparation for employment, including job search techniques, resume writing for health care workers, and interview skills.
ProCare's graduates enjoy a more than 98% employment rate. Often, our students are asked by employers to submit resumes even before they complete the course, as they are anxious to hire them upon graduation. Our graduates earn $18.00 to $21.00 hourly to start, with some having been offered as much as $28.00.
In order to enrol in ProCare Institute's Health Care Assistant program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete an interview. Please note, the ability of individuals with English as a Second Language to speak and comprehend English will be evaluated at this time.
- If under 19, you must have completed at least grade 11. We value the mature student because of the qualities that life experience brings, therefore adult students are most welcome to apply. An adult student is defined as being over 19 years of age. We require proof of age for our adult students.
- Provide medical clearance from a physician, TB test clearance, and Criminal Record Check, preferably before the start of the program. These documents must be in place prior to entering clinical. Students who have not provided these items will not be issued name tags or uniforms and will not be included on the list of names submitted to the partner facility in advance of clinical.
PROGRAM LENGTH AND FEES
ProCare Institute's Health Care Assistant program is about 28 weeks in duration, running three days a week.
Classroom: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Clinical: Generally 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, however, hours will conform to the shifts that are set by the facility in which the Clinical component is held. In addition, your Clinical component will include some evening shifts, which are usually scheduled from 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm.
Fees: The cost of the 7 month program is $8600.00 for tuition, and an additional $500.00 fee which covers the cost of textbooks, printed materials, workbooks, uniforms, and the FoodSafe and First Aid/ CPR Level C classes.
ProCare Institute is fully designated for Canada Student Loans and EI training funding.
OUR PROMISES TO YOU
- ProCare Institute's Health Care Assistant course meets and exceeds the competency standards established by the Ministry of Advanced Education of the Province of British Columbia in their Framework of Practice for Community Health Workers and Resident Care Attendants.
- Our program was developed based on needs in the industry as identified by employers. Our graduates are employed throughout BC and across Canada.
- ProCare maintains the highest level of health care education, and implements training in new and innovative techniques and protocols. Our Clinical Practise is conducted in approved care facilities.
- ProCare Institute provides a supportive learning environment, with 100% supervision by our nurse instructors.
- Our classes are small, with a ratio of 8:1 in the Clinical component.
- We provide frequent class starts, with classes beginning approximately every two months in our training locations.
- We provide assistance with interview and job search skills.
Do you have any questions? Contact our office, or call us, toll-free, 1-800-282-0030