Health Care Aide

Working under the supervision of a nurse or heath professional, Health Care Aides provide basic health services for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations. They provide the physical and emotional support clients need to be as independent as possible in the community, hospitals or continuing care facilities.

Reeves College's Health Care Aide program prepares students to provide personal assistance and support services for elderly, disabled, acute or chronically ill people who require short term assistance or ongoing support. Many of these clients have complex, chronic medical conditions, physical or cognitive disabilities, functional deficits that interfere with activities of daily living, acute illnesses or require end-of-life (palliative) care.
This program is 23 weeks in length.

Job Opportunities

  • Private Agencies   
  • Continuing Care Facilities   
  • Government Social Service Departments and Agencies   
  • Not-for-Profit Charitable Agencies   
  • Home Care and Family Service Associations   
  • Hospitals
"My practicum gave me a chance to use the skills I learned at college. It also gave me the confidence to know that I can make it in a professional setting."

Andrea P., Reeves College Graduate

Program Courses

Code Course description
HCAPSafe HCA Work Practices
Students will learn to identify, manage and prevent environmental hazards. Students will also understand how to provide safe care for clients, themselves, and others. In addition, they will learn how to function effectively as a team member.
CHCECommunication in a Health Care Environment
This course focuses on communication within the healthcare team. Communication with clients and families, written communication including documentation in client records and report completion is covered. Strategies related to problem solving and conflict management will be introduced.
SFHBStructure and Function of the Human Body
The focus of this course is to understand the structure and function of the human body. The student will study 10 systems that make up the human body as well as growth and development across the lifespan. Chronic illnesses that may be encountered will be covered. Students will learn how to provide safe care based on practices according to the clients diagnoses, needs and care plans.
PCCCProviding Client Care & Comfort
The student will learn how to safely bathe a client in the bed, tub and shower. Body mechanics for both client and staff will be emphasized. Infection prevention and control guidelines, along with safety measures to prevent slips, falls, trips and accidental scalding will be discussed.
MCCNMeeting Complex Care Needs
This course will provide the student with knowledge related to keeping the client’s joints exercised through range-of-motion exercises. The student will also learn skills necessary for supporting care activities such as ostomy care, respiratory and catheter care, wound care, measuring vital signs, pain, height and weight. Students will become familiar with the types of nasogastric and gastrostomy tube feeds and client conditions that require drainage. Collection, transportation, and handling of specimens will also be addressed.
AWMDAssisting with Medication Delivery
Students will learn how to work safely within legal roles and responsibilities related to safe medication delivery. Students will learn the factors related to taking medications: conditions, purpose, side effects and actions. The theory and labs in this course will assist the student to undertake this task with competence and confidence. Students will learn to use the appropriate terminology related to assisting with medication delivery.
SADCSpecial Activities for Diverse Clients
This course discusses care strategies for assisting diverse client groups such as clients with mental health diagnoses and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Assisting with infant and child care will be discussed. Included in this course are modules that deal with understanding the disease process that causes both cognitive and physical decline in clients with a diagnosis of dementia. Skills and strategies relating to provision of care for clients with dementia will be identified.
PRA1Practicum I
Students will be placed in a clinical care setting and will be expected to act as a regular employee under the supervision of an instructor, RN or LPN for 100 hours. Students are encouraged to find their own placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.
PRA2Practicum II
Students will be placed in an assisted living facility setting and will be expected to act as a regular employee under the supervision of a preceptor.
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