HCAP 101 Role of the Health Care Aide / Basic Client Care
Hours: 120

In this course, the student will learn to function as a valuable team member within the Alberta healthcare structure, by utilizing effective communication, problem solving / conflict management skills, documentation and environmental safety. The student will develop the basic care skills needed to assist clients with their daily living activities including: mobility, grooming / personal hygiene, transferring / positioning, bed making and assisting with meals. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the principles of growth and development as well as how to support and encourage healthy aging and independence. The student will learn the foundational knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology of all body systems. This course will include a combination of tutorial sessions as well as on-line activities with facilitator lead support. Prerequisite: None

HCAP 102 Meeting Complex Care Needs / Assist with Medication Delivery
Hours: 60

In this course, the student will learn proper techniques when assisting the client with complex care needs including: range of motion activities, vital signs. oral suctioning, nasogastric / gastrostomy care, respiratory care, catheter care, specimen collection, ostomy care and treatment of wounds. This course will outline the role of the Health Care Aide when medication administration is required. The students will learn the safety precautions and procedures when assisting with medications. This course will include a combination of tutorial sessions as well as on-line activities with facilitator lead support. Prerequisite: HCAP 101

HCAP 103 Special Activities for Diverse Clients
Hours: 65

In this course, the student will demonstrate an understanding for the role of the Health Care Aide in relation to assisting individuals with diverse care needs. The student will learn special care techniques to best support individuals dealing with physical disabilities, developmental delays, dementia, palliative care and end of life care. The student will learn basic care skills including assisting families with newborns and appropriate child care practices. This course will include a combination of tutorial sessions as well as on-line activities with facilitator lead support. Prerequisite: HCAP 101, HCAP 102

HCAP 104 Co-operative Experience: Clinical I
Hours: 160

This course has been designed to provide students with practical experience in a continuing care healthcare setting. During the first 3 weeks, a facilitator will supervise and guide the student in the application of skills and knowledge previously learned. Evaluations will be conducted by the facilitator in consultation with the Health Care Aide Program Chair/Coordinator. During the 4th week, a preceptor will supervise and guide the student in the application of skills and knowledge previously learned. Evaluations will be conducted by the preceptor and the assigned facilitator in consultation with the Health Care Aide Program Chair/Coordinator. Prerequisite: HCAP 101, HCAP 102, HCAP 103

HCAP 105 Co-operative Experience: Clinical II
Hours: 80

This course has been designed to help students transition from direct supervision to a more independent care giving as they prepare for the graduate role. In this final practicum, students are provided with practical experience in continuing care, assisted living or community based healthcare setting. During this time, a preceptor will supervise and guide the student in the application of skills and knowledge previously learned. Evaluations will be conducted by the preceptor and the assigned facilitator in consultation with the Health Care Aide Program Chair/Coordinator. Prerequisite: HCAP 101, HCAP 102, HCAP 103, HCAP 104