Health Care Aide

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

The Health Care Aide (HCA) program is a 32-week program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to practice as a Health Care Aide.  HCAs are currently an unregulated workforce that provide basic health services and support with activities of daily living activities for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations. However, professional regulatory oversight will be undertaken by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). HCAs work under the direct or indirect supervision of a regulated health professional, such as a registered or licensed practical nurse, in a variety of healthcare settings.

First intake: Winter 2022

Admission requirements

 Admission Requirements
  • English 20-2 level with a minimum score of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • English 20-1 with a minimum of 60% achieved or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum of 55% or Canadian jurisdiction equivalent; or
  • Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test)

Note: Students who have not completed the English Language Arts, 20-2 level requirement and achieved the minimum grade are subject to completing the ACCUPLACER assessment test. This can include students out of province, out of country or mature students that have been out of school for a significant length of time.

 Clinical Practicum Requirements

Upon acceptance to the program, all students must provide proof of completion of:

  • Heart and Stroke BLS
  • Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector check
  • Updated Immunization Record
  • AHS Orientation Modules
  • N95 Mask Fit
 English Language Proficiency

Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program. Equivalencies are as follows:

  • Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and not an average of 7; OR
  • Required IELTS Academic: minimum overall score of 6.0, with no section score below 5.5 OR
  • Required TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 71 OR
  • Required CELPIP General: minimum overall score of 7.0, with no section score below 6.0 OR
  • By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; OR
  • By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirement.

 Program Note: Digital literacy is required.
Candidates must possess knowledge of computer/technology tools to be successful in the program. Candidates must:

  • be able to communicate, research and understand information.
  • know how to use computer to surf web, email.
  • be able to critically evaluate and understand how technology can affect one’s behavior.
  • be able to create, produce content and effectively communicate using email, media, internet.

Tuition and fees

 Full Time Fees
Full Time Fees  Winter Summer
Tuition $6,800 $6,800
Campus Rec Fee $55.00 $55.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $75.00 $75.00
Total Fees $385.92 $385.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$7,185.92 ***$7,185.92
Total Cost Per Year   $14,371.84
 International Fees
International Students Fees  Winter Summer
Tuition  $20,400.00 $20,400.00
Campus Rec Fee $55.00 $55.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $75.00 $75.00
Total Fees $385.92 $385.92
Total Tuition & Fees



Total Cost Per Year  


Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. Laboratory fees can range from $29 - $114.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
** These programs have a mandatory Spring semester if students intend to graduate on time.
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar.

Program Structure




Term 1


HCA 120

Health Care Aide Role & Responsibility


HCA 121

The Human Body, Health & Chronic Illness


HCA 122

Communication & Documentation in the Health care Environment


HCA 123

Providing Person-Centered Care & Comfort


HCA 124

Clinical Placement 1


Term 2


HCA 125

Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions


HCA 126

Meeting Complex Care Needs


HCA 127

Clinical Placement 2


HCA 128

Consolidated Clinical Placement