Health Care Aide

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other health care establishments. Health care aides provide personal assistance and support services for elderly, disabled, acute or chronically ill people who require short term assistance or ongoing support.


Essential Skills

(the number in brackets indicates the level of ES)


Language


Program Locations in Alberta

  • ABES (Alberta Business and Educational Services) – Calgary, AB
  • ABM College – Calgary, AB
  • Academy of Learning – Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Brooks, High River, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Alberta Caregiving Institute – Edmonton General Hospital – Edmonton, AB
  • Cambrooks College – Calgary, AB
  • CDI College – Calgary & Edmonton, AB
  • Columbia College – Calgary, AB
  • Evergreen College – Calgary, AB
  • MTG Healthcare Academy – Calgary,  Edmonton & Red Deer, AB
  • Nightingale Academy of Health Services Inc. – Edmonton, AB
  • Reeves College – Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge & Lloydminster, AB
  • Robertson College – Calgary & Edmonton, AB
  • Rosewood College – Calgary, AB
  • Royal Health Care Aide Training School – Lethbridge & Medicine Hat, AB
  • The Excel Academy – Edmonton, AB
  • The Health Care Aide Academy – Red Deer, AB
  • Training Inc. – Cardston, Lethbridge & Pincher Creek, AB

Program Contact


Program Description


Program Length & Cost

(as indicated on Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website)

  • ABES (Alberta Business and Educational Services) – 515 Hours (21 Weeks) –  $8,700.00 + $100.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • ABM College – 564 Hours (22 Weeks) – $7,645.00  $600.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • Academy of Learning  – 561 Hours (22 Weeks)- $$5,210.00+ $2,100.00 Books & Supplies  (Year One)
  • Alberta Caregiving Institute – Edmonton General Hospital –  499 Hours (24 Weeks)- $4,421.00 + $600.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • Cambrooks College  – 545 Hours (17 Weeks) – $5,500.00+ $1,650.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • CDI College – 485 Hours (23 Weeks) – $7,995.00+ $150.65 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • Columbia College – 485 Hours (16 Weeks)- $5,336.00 Year One
  • Evergreen College 485 Hours (22 Weeks)- $6,975.00+ $700.00 Books & Supplies  (Year One)
  • MTG Healthcare Academy – 515 Hours (22 Weeks)- $5,092.00 Year One+ $1,650.00 Books & Supplies + $1,254.00 (Year One)
  • Nightingale Academy of Health Services Inc. – 2 Years – $6,690.00 Year One+ $1,070.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • Reeves College- 485 Hours (23 Weeks)- $7,995.00 Year One+ $ $150.65 Books & Supplies(Year One)
  • Robertson College – 548 Hours (22 Weeks)- $8,495.00 Year One / Program eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta
  • Rosewood College – 485 Hours (15 Weeks)- $7,500.00 Year One
  • Royal Health Care Aide Training School – 485 Hours (16 Weeks)- $4,500.00 Year One+ $500.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • The Excel Academy – 485 Hours (23 Weeks)-  $3,500.00+ $588.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • The Health Care Aide Academy – 485 Hours (19 Weeks)- $6,860.00+ $525.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
  • Training Inc. – 524 Hours (20 Weeks)- $5,200.00Year One+ $625.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)/ Program eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta


Occupation Outlook

  • Above average is the expected occupational growth in Alberta for 2013-2017. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions. Health care aides are employed by individual clients, private agencies, continuing care facilities, government social service departments and agencies, not-for-profit charitable agencies, home care and family service associations and hospitals. Those who have considerable experience may move into supervisory or management positions. However, advancement opportunities are limited without additional education. Health care aides are part of two larger 2011 National Occupational Classifications, 3413: Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates and 4412: Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations. In Alberta 96% of people employed in the 3413 classification work in the  Health Care and Social Assistance industry as 90% of the people in the 4412 classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance and Other Services Industries. The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above, Health Care and Social Assistance industry), location in Alberta, employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions), occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before) and size of the occupation. Over 8,000 Albertans are employed in the Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations Associates occupational group which is expected to have an annual above average growth of 3.1% from 2013 to 2017 in Alberta. It is forecasted that about 248 new positions will be created each year in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. (Note: Since health care aides form only a part of the larger occupational group on which this forecast is based, only a portion of the new positions created will be for health care aides.) Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.


Compensation

  • Average Salary: $25,228.00 | Average Wage: $18.68

Resources – ALIS profile, NOC, IAF


Other

  • Certification not  required


Career Info

NOC link: 3413
Offered Online? No
Last Updated: Dec 27, 2016



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