The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with Bow Valley College, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two-year program (four semesters) offered to Calgary Catholic District students.
Who may enroll in this two-year program?
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must have or be currently enrolled in:
- HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- ELA 10-1 or 10-2 by the end of the second semester of Grade 10
- An understanding that this program is a two-year commitment
Note: A maximum of 20 CCSD students are accepted into this Dual-Credit Program.
How do students earn a Bow Valley Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Certificate while in high school?
Students 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 Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Program.
Program delivery occurs two days/week, Monday and Wednesday, at Bow Valley College from 4-6 p.m. This course combines 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. Are there any special program requirements?
Yes, included in this program is a five-week clinical and practicum course offered during the second summer of the program. Students will be required to travel to various locations in order to complete their clinical and practicum placements. Every effort is made to accommodate students in clinical placements within the time frame of the program; however, in rare instances, there may be a delay in program completion until a clinical placement can be arranged. Summer practicum may include days, evenings and/or weekends.
- Police Information Check (PIC)
- Immunization requirements
Who will teach the courses?
Bow Valley College instructors will deliver the program. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students will access course content online through D2L via St. Anne Academic Centre and will attend Bow Valley College downtown campus two days/week Monday and Wednesday, from 4-6 p.m. for workshops and labs. Where possible students are advised to have the fourth period block open to travel to Bow Valley College.
How do students get to Bow Valley College?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Bow Valley College. LRT access takes students right onto the campus. Parking is also available at a cost to the students.
Is there a cost to the program?
This program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school; however, students are responsible 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.
How do I earn Dual Credits?What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using Bow Valley Health Care Aide courses as CTS credits. Students will earn 25 high school credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the Bow Valley Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Program.
This program prepares students to start a career as a Health Care Aide immediately following completion of their clinical/practicum:
- 25 high school CTS credits
- A Bow Valley College Dual-Credit Health Care Aide Certificate
How to apply
Students can apply at their high schools through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher.