In partnership with Bow Valley College, the district offers students a free two-year program to earn a Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Certificate in high school.
About the program
Health Care Aides provide care and support for clients in the health care field. This includes personal care, assisting with mobility and feeding needs, communication, assisting with medication delivery and clinical skills.
Students in this program complete their High School Diploma requirements using Bow Valley Health Care Aide courses as CTS credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the Bow Valley College Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Program.
Program delivery occurs at Bow Valley College two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4-6 p.m. This program combines an on-campus lab with online and classroom learning, as well as a five-week clinical/practicum placement in long-term care, acute care or community/home care settings.
Bow Valley College instructors will deliver the program on-campus and students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students will access course content online through Brightspace (D2L) via the St. Anne Academic Centre.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Bow Valley College as well as for the purchase of a lab kit, uniform, and instructional resources. Students will also be responsible for the cost of a police check and the approved agency stamp verifying personal immunization records. The cost of this program after high school is approximately $2,400 plus books and supplies.
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must:
- Be enrolled in HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- Be enrolled in ELA 10-1 or 10-2 by the end of the second semester of Grade 10
- Commit to the two-year program
- Complete a Police Information Check (PIC) for their practicum
- Meet immunization requirements for their practicum
This program prepares students to immediately start a career as a Health Care Aideupon completion of their clinical/practicum. Graduates of this program will receive:
- 25 high school CTS credits
- A Bow Valley College Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Certificate
Students can apply at their high school through their counsellor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher.