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Continuing Care Assistant

Longer life expectancies, a growing population of senior citizens, more focus on outpatient treatment – these are some of the reasons for the increasing demand for continuing care assistants. The Continuing Care Assistant program provides the knowledge and skills you need to move into this rewarding field. It is a one-year certificate program that combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. Practicums provide direct experience in home care, long-term care, special care and acute care settings.

You will build knowledge and skills related to application of long-term care philosophy in different settings, addressing individual psychosocial needs, dementia management strategies, gerontology (a major area of study), administering personal care, promoting independence in a safe environment, working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments and working with people of different cultures.

This program is available through distance and/or continuing education, and is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

The program may also be offered through regional colleges or work based training sites throughout the province. For more information contact Lorraine Tucker at 306-659-4363 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus, Dr. Ursula Osteneck at 306-765-1788 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus, or Wendy Treble 306-775-7764 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

Graduates of the Continuing Care Assistant program are eligible to apply for the bridging option into the Practical Nursing program.


You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant's role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn the concepts of delegation. You will learn how to carry out basic measurements, perform simple treatments and be introduced to client assessment. You will also learn the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting clients with medications.

Students must attend an on-site 4-hour lab.

Prerequisites: Admission to the CCA program


$204 (Woodland) 26 hours Additional costs: Course material
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-360April 6, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Saskatoon lab
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Register Online
$295.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-286March 2, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015
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$285.00Distance
CRN: 201403-675February 3, 2015 - March 3, 2015
Woodland students will have an additional class Sat, Feb 28 9a-4p No classes Feb 17,19
Registration Deadline: February 3, 2015
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$295.00Prince Albert
CRN: 201403-621January 6, 2015 - March 3, 2015
Tue, Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: January 8, 2015
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$295.00Regina
You will receive a basic introduction to body systems. You will study the structure of organs and systems in the human body and how they function efficiently.

27 hours Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-347January 5, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-730April 7, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-287February 2, 2015 - April 17, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2015
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$265.00Distance
CRN: 201404-62May 19, 2015 - June 16, 2015
Tue, Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: May 7, 2015
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$265.00Regina
In the home/community services clinical setting, you will work under the supervision of a buddy or a staff member. You will demonstrate employability skills, comply with agency policies and procedures, communicate effectively, provide basic client care and ensure client and personal safety.

You must be assessed by the program head for practicum readiness prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Clinical - Special Care I


40 hours/41 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-165September 8, 2014 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: May 11, 2015
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$204.00Distance
In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that clinical site. You will provide care for clients who require assistance with activities of daily living.

You must be assessed by the program head for practicum readiness prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Observing, Recording and Reporting, Helping Skills (197), Interpersonal Communications, Dementia - Behaviour, Dementia Family Care, Human Growth and Development, Nutrition, Post Acute Care, Special Needs 2, End of Life Care, Assisting with Special Procedures, FOODSAFE Level 1, Professional Assault Response Training, Clinical - Special Care I


$476(Woodland) 110 hours/41 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-164September 8, 2014 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 30, 2015
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$476.00Distance
In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that site. You will assist clients who require personal care/comfort.

You must be assessed by the program head for practicum readiness prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Safe Environment, Personal Care, Body Systems, Personal Competence, Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning, admission to the Continuing Care Assistant program.


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-163September 8, 2014 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 30, 2015
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$476.00Distance
Your studies will address causes, stages and behaviours of dementia, behaviour mapping techniques and interventions that promote optimal level of functioning.

No class April 8 (Saskatoon)

45 hours/9 weeks Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-348January 19, 2015 - April 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$420.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201404-19June 1, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2015
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$420.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-638February 5, 2015 - May 14, 2015
Tue, Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: February 7, 2015
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$420.00Regina
CRN: 201403-729February 11, 2015 - June 3, 2015
7:00-10:00pm
Room: 426
No class April 8 (Saskatoon)
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2015
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$420.00Saskatoon
You will learn how those with dementia are assessed and how to intervene in emergency situations. You will discuss environments and issues related to institutional care placement and the impact dementia has on families.

21 hours Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201402-345December 8, 2014 - February 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
Register Online
$225.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-349March 9, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2015
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$225.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201404-82May 28, 2015 - June 18, 2015
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 28, 2015
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$225.00Prince Albert
CRN: 201403-637January 17, 2015 - February 7, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015
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$225.00Regina
Your studies will cover death and dying in the Canadian context. You will study the basic needs and interventions of the dying client. You will also cover grief, the grieving process and the impact of life threatening illnesses on the family members.

17 hours Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-362January 19, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$175.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-368April 6, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Register Online
$175.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201404-81May 7, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 7, 2015
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$175.00Prince Albert
You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning. You will receive a FOODSAFE certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic provided you receive a grade of 70% or higher.

DVD course takes approximately 4 weeks at which time a final exam is written.

(Regina), 9 hours/4 weeks (DVD), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials (DVD)
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201404-59May 23, 2015
Sat - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2015
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$180.00Regina
Formerly Communication Skills. You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.

Saskatoon and Regina students are required to attend a 2-day weekend lab; travel costs are your responsibility. Prince Albert students will be in class Nov 1, 9a-4p.

18 hours/9 weeks Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-365April 13, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Saskatoon lab
Registration Deadline: April 24, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201402-596October 28, 2014 - November 6, 2014
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 250
Registration Deadline: October 28, 2014
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$265.00Prince Albert
You will learn the physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of human growth and development from infancy to old age. You will also study the effects of aging on society.

Prince Albert - no classes April 7,9

27 hours/6 weeks Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-351January 5, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-350March 30, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-677March 31, 2015 - May 5, 2015
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2015
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$265.00Prince Albert
You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

30 hours/18 weeks, $376 (print & online), $265 (Regina) Additional costs: Text
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-824April 13, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015
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$376.00Online
CRN: 201403-694January 26, 2015 - April 17, 2015
CCA students only
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-1764March 23, 2015 - June 12, 2015
CCA students only
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
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$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-397January 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
DSW, EA, ECE-C & YCW-C students only
Mandatory workshop, May 16, 9 am-4 pm, room 144
Registration Deadline: January 19, 2015
Register Online
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-635January 7, 2015 - March 18, 2015
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2015
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$265.00Regina
CRN: 201403-333January 8, 2015 - March 12, 2015
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2015
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$325.00Regina
You will learn normal nutritional requirements based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Course content also includes exploring how to maintain optimal nutritional balance for your clients.

27 hours Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-352January 5, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-357April 6, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201402-597November 13, 2014 - December 11, 2014
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Room: 250
Registration Deadline: November 13, 2014
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$265.00Prince Albert
Formerly Communication in the Workplace (COMM 198). You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the workplace. The course content includes basic medical terminology, message communication, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans.

22 hours/9 weeks Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-369January 12, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015
Register Online
$230.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-359April 6, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Register Online
$230.00Home Study (Print)
You will have the opportunity to become skilled at assisting clients in meeting personal care needs. You will study infection control, body mechanics, bed making, grooming and dressing, oral care, foot and nail care, feeding clients, bowel and bladder care, turning and positioning clients and range of motion exercises.

Course materials must be purchased before first class

66 hours/13 weeks Additional costs: Books and course materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-639February 28, 2015 - May 9, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: March 5, 2015
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$800.00Regina
CRN: 201403-371February 21, 2015 - May 23, 2015
Sat - 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: February 20, 2015
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$800.00Saskatoon
Your studies will focus on the goals and philosophy of Health Care Services in Saskatchewan. You will learn how these goals are reflected in the activities of the agency and on your role as a caregiver. You will learn about your role in providing care services within a multicultural dynamic setting. The course content also includes interprofessional work environments, personal health, employability skills, and types of abuse (for example: caregiver, neglect and abandonment, sexual and financial).

33 hours Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-707March 2, 2015 - May 22, 2015
Mon - 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015
Register Online
$315.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-288January 12, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2015
Register Online
$325.00Distance
You will acquire the theory and develop the skills needed to help clients meet their needs in the post acute care phase. This may include post surgery or following other recent illnesses your clients may have encountered.

Print students are required to attend a 4-hour lab in Saskatoon or Regina; travel costs are your responsibility. Prince Albert students - additional class Sat Mar 21, 9a-4p.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Continuing Care Assistant program.


27 hours Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-354April 6, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Saskatoon lab
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Register Online
$295.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-285January 5, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
Register Online
$295.00Distance
CRN: 201403-676March 5, 2015 - March 26, 2015
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 5, 2015
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$295.00Prince Albert
CRN: 201402-559October 22, 2014 - December 17, 2014
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: October 28, 2014
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$295.00Regina
You will participate in professional assault response training to provide you with defensive and preventative skills. This workshop is delivered in accordance with the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) standards. Students must attend the full 12 hours and perform all required skills to qualify for the PART certificate.

Participants should wear long sleeved clothing with belted pants and low heeled, closed toe shoes. Clothing should be chosen with the understanding that it may be damaged during practice of physical interventions.

12 hours Additional costs: SASWH PART manual & workbook. Manual should be purchased and reviewed prior to class.
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201402-560December 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014
Sun, Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 154
Registration Deadline: December 12, 2014
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$175.00Regina
CRN: 201404-61June 6, 2015 - June 7, 2015
Sun, Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 241
Registration Deadline: June 5, 2015
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$175.00Regina
CRN: 201403-733February 7, 2015 - February 8, 2015
Sa/Su, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$175.00Saskatoon
You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe, comfortable and pleasant environment. Course content includes fire safety, emergency response, and WHMIS.

15 hours Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201402-336December 1, 2014 - February 20, 2015
Saskatoon lab
Registration Deadline: December 12, 2014
Register Online
$155.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-356March 23, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Saskatoon lab
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
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$155.00Home Study (Print)
Your studies will focus on the basic needs and interventions of clients with disruptions in their sensory organs, body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological and endocrine) and body functions (e.g., genital-urinary and gastro-intestinal).

Prerequisites: Admission to the CCA program.


45 hours Additional costs: Books and materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-366January 5, 2015 - April 10, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$420.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201404-21June 1, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2015
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$420.00Home Study (Print)
Your studies will cover the basic needs and intervention of clients with infectious process, cancer, altered mental abilities, disruption in mental health, alcohol dependency and drug dependency.

Prerequisites: Special Needs 1, Admission to the CCA Program and


30 hours Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-1765January 5, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-370April 13, 2015 - July 3, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
Register Online
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201409-134December 16, 2014 - January 29, 2015
Tue, Thu - 7:00-10:00 pm
Room: 250
Registration Deadline: December 16, 2014
Register Online
$310.00Prince Albert
CRN: 201403-640April 8, 2015 - June 10, 2015
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: April 14, 2015
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$310.00Regina
You will participate in activities to move and position clients/objects in health care settings using minimal physical effort and maximizing the use of mechanical aids and equipment. The course focuses on client/caregiver safety. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning (TLR) certificate.

You are encouraged to wear scrubs but if you don’t have any, please wear clothes that allow ease of movement that also have appropriate coverage.

8 hours No additional costs in Regina.
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201402-248November 15, 2014
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201402-249November 15, 2014 - November 16, 2014
Sat - 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201402-6282November 22, 2014
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: November 14, 2014
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201403-636January 9, 2015 - January 10, 2015
Fri - 6:30-9:30 pm
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201403-252March 7, 2015
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 27, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201404-32May 9, 2015
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201404-60June 12, 2015 - June 13, 2015
Fri - 6:30-9:30 pm
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201404-33June 13, 2015
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: June 5, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Regina
CRN: 201403-731February 7, 2015
8 am - 5 pm, room TBA
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Saskatoon
CRN: 201403-732March 7, 2015
8 am - 5 pm, room TBA
Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015
Register Online
$180.00Saskatoon
CRN: 201404-23May 23, 2015
8 am - 5 pm, room TBA
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2015
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$180.00Saskatoon

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