Health care aide provincial curriculum

Important notice: moratorium on licensing agreements

Effective October 1, 2017, Alberta Health has instituted a moratorium on licensing agreements to offer the Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum. This moratorium will remain in effect until further notice.

Alberta Health received feedback from key stakeholders regarding student placement shortages. A moratorium on licensing agreements was determined necessary to ensure sufficient placements for Health Care Aide students. Institutions already delivering the curriculum are unaffected by the moratorium.

Health Care Aide curriculim

To encourage consistent training of the health care aide workforce in Alberta, Alberta Health, in consultation with stakeholders, developed the Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum, first released in 2005. In 2010, the curriculum was updated and provided to licensed public and private post-secondary institutions, and to employer organizations for use in health care aide education programs in the province.

The curriculum is the tool by which health care aides are trained to the 40 competencies identified in the 2001 Health Care Aide Competency Profile PDF icon It consists of 37 modules including:

  • client safety
  • assisting with medical delivery
  • positioning lifts and transfers
  • working with clients with a diagnosis of dementia, etc.

Use of the curriculum

The curriculum is primarily designed for training people working as a health care aide. Anyone can apply to take a health care aide training program at a post-secondary institution with a valid licensing agreement.

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