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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.

Part-time students may take the following courses prior to application and acceptance to the program, but must apply thereafter: ANAT 100, COMM 197, COMM 291, DEMC 183, DEMC 280, FAID 1003, HUMD 187, NUTR 198, SANT 181, SFTY 194, SPCR 100, SPCR 101, SPCR 102, SPCR 180, SPCR 182, SPCR 192.
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 4, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$308.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-191
March 1, 2016 - May 6, 2016
Registration deadline: March 4, 2016
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$308.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-443
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 4, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$278.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-225
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 (CLIN 100)


This course currently has no offerings.

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: Clinical - Special Care I (CLIN 100), Assisting with Special Procedures (SPCR 103), End of Life Care (SPCR 102), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Dementia - Behaviour (DEMC 183), Dementia Family Care (DEMC 280), Helping Skills (197) (COMM 197), Human Growth and Development (HUMD 187), Nutrition (NUTR 198), Observing, Recording and Reporting (SPCR 101), Post Acute Care (SPCR 184), Professional Assault Response Training (SFTY 194), Special Needs 2 (SPCR 285), FOODSAFE Level 1 (SANT 181)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 7, 2015 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: April 30, 2016
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$503.50ClinicalCRN: 201509-186
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: Body Systems (ANAT 100), Personal Care (SPCR 182), Personal Competence (SPCR 192), Safe Environment (SPCR 180), Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning (SPCR 100), admission to the Continuing Care Assistant program.


This course currently has no offerings.

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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 9, 2016 - April 12, 2016
Tues & Thurs, Oct Feb 9-Apr 12
No classes Feb 16, 18, Mar 29, 31
Room: 250
Registration deadline: February 9, 2016
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$440.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201503-623
February 4, 2016 - May 19, 2016
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration deadline: February 10, 2016
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$440.00ReginaCRN: 201503-412
May 30, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Registration deadline: June 10, 2016
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$440.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201504-13
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 7, 2016 - May 6, 2016
Registration deadline: March 18, 2016
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$237.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-265
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 4, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$187.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-266
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 11, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Lab in Saskatoon
Registration deadline: April 22, 2016
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$277.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-268
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 28, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$278.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-319
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.

Additional costs: Text
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 25, 2016 - April 15, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-321
February 15, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 19, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-177
March 21, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-322
April 11, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: April 4, 2016
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$391.00OnlineCRN: 201503-721
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 4, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$278.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-324
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 24, 2016 - June 16, 2016
Tue, Thu - 7:00-9:59 pm
Room: 250
Registration deadline: May 17, 2016
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$242.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201504-80
March 30, 2016 - May 18, 2016
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration deadline: April 6, 2016
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$242.00ReginaCRN: 201503-415
April 4, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$242.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-326
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 20, 2016 - May 14, 2016
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 106
Registration deadline: February 26, 2016
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$836.00ReginaCRN: 201503-406
February 20, 2016 - May 14, 2016
Sat - 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: February 19, 2016
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$836.00SaskatoonCRN: 201503-327
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 14, 2016 - May 19, 2016
Tue, Thu - 7:00-9:59 pm
Room: 250
Registration deadline: April 7, 2016
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$328.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201509-178
February 29, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: March 11, 2016
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$328.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-336
April 20, 2016 - June 26, 2016
6:00 am-11:59 pm
Registration deadline: April 20, 2016
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$341.00OnlineCRN: 201503-641
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 4, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$308.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-364
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.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016
Sun, Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: 241
Registration deadline: June 3, 2016
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$187.00ReginaCRN: 201504-41
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 21, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 1, 2016
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$162.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-408
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
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 5, 2016 - May 24, 2016
Tue, Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 119.5
Registration deadline: April 7, 2016
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$441.00ReginaCRN: 201503-445
May 30, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Registration deadline: June 10, 2016
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$440.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201504-44
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 (SPCR 284), Admission to the CCA Program and


30 hours Additional costs: Manual
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 4, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: April 15, 2016
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$323.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-438
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) re-evaluation wallet card.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
June 12, 2016
Sun - 1:00-4:59 pm
Registration deadline: June 3, 2016
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$95.00ReginaCRN: 201504-69
April 23, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration deadline: April 22, 2016
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$95.00SaskatoonCRN: 201503-3872
April 23, 2016
Sat - 1:00-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: April 23, 2016
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$95.00SaskatoonCRN: 201503-3873
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.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 5, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-4:59 pm
Registration deadline: February 27, 2016
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$187.00ReginaCRN: 201503-541
May 7, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-4:59 pm
Registration deadline: April 30, 2016
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$187.00ReginaCRN: 201504-61
June 11, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-4:59 pm
Registration deadline: June 4, 2016
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$187.00ReginaCRN: 201504-62
March 5, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-4:59 pm
Registration deadline: February 26, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201503-440
April 30, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: April 29, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201503-3874
May 1, 2016
Sun - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 1, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-790
May 7, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 6, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-791
May 8, 2016
Sun - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 6, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-792
May 14, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-4:59 pm
Room: 419
Registration deadline: May 6, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-45
May 15, 2016
Sun - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 13, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-793
May 28, 2016
Sat - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 27, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-794
May 29, 2016
Sun - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 27, 2016
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$187.00SaskatoonCRN: 201504-795
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