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Continuing Care Assistant

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Continuing Care Assistant

Program Overview

Demand for health-care workers is high, and that includes demand for continuing care assistants. If you enjoy caring for others, and if you want to get into the workforce quickly, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Continuing Care Assistant program might be just what you’re looking for.

As a continuing care assistant, you’ll work directly with clients in long-term care, home care, assisted living, some areas in acute care, and even special needs classrooms. You’ll help them with mobility, personal care, assisting them to eat their meals, and medication monitoring. It’s a face-to-face, people-focused job.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Continuing Care Assistant program is a one-year certificate program that you can take in Saskatoon, Regina or Prince Albert. You can also take it through your local regional college or through part-time distance education.

The program combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

  • addressing individual psychosocial needs;
  • administering personal care;
  • dementia management strategies;
  • gerontology (a major area of study);
  • long-term care philosophy in different settings;
  • promoting independence in a safe environment;
  • working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments; and/or
  • working with people of different cultures.

Your clinical work experiences will give you a taste of different work settings. Under the supervision of a buddy or staff member, you’ll work directly with clients in home care, long-term care and acute care settings. It’s a great way to build your skills and your confidence.

Is it a fit?

Continuing care assistants have been called “the eyes and ears of the frail and vulnerable.” You need to be a caring, patient person, with an upbeat attitude and good people skills. Your most important asset is simply a desire to improve quality of life for others.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Continuing Care Assistant graduates enjoy high employment rates. You could work in a home care setting, long-term care facility, private care home, acute care facility, integrated facility, supportive housing or special needs classroom. You’ll work as part of a health-care team under the supervision of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses or licensed practical nurses.

Look for job postings in Saskatchewan’s 12 regional health authorities or the Athabasca Health Authority.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Continuing Care AssistantNurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Services Associates (3413)$30,200 - $49,400
Special Care AideNurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Services Associates (3413)$30,200 - $49,400
Home Health AideVisiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations (6471)$22,900 - $45,300

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 30 weeks

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.

Locations

  • Prince Albert
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12, or successful completion of seven (7) courses from this program: ANAT 100, SPCR 100 (or presentation of a TLR certificate), SPCR 180, SPCR 182, SPCR 192, and two other courses not to include SANT 181 or SFTY 194.
  • English Language Requirement
Note

  • Applicants should have personal and physical suitability.
  • Accepted applicants may be required to undergo an interview and will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search prior to entering the clinical component of the program. At the discretion of the clinical agency, you may be declined access to a clinical placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and the Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Heart Saver 'C' AED or equivalent are required prior to entry into clinical.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 50 Arithmetic
  • 70 Reading
  • 70 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$5,600

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANAT 100
Body Systems
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 27.0
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 188, APHY 189, PERS 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
CLIN 100
Clinical-1 Special Care
7
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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.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 105.0
Prerequisites(s): SPCR 180, SPCR 182, ANAT 100, SPCR 192, SPCR 100
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
COMM 291
Interpersonal Communications
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, COMM 381, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN, Work Based Delivery
DEMC 183
Dementia Behaviour
3
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Your studies will address causes, stages and behaviours of dementia, behaviour mapping techniques and interventions that promote optimal level of functioning.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SANT 181
FOODSAFE Level 1
1
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You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 9.0
Equivalent Course(s): SFTY 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SFTY 194
Professional Assault Response Training (PART) ©
1
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You will participate in professional assault response training to provide you with defensive and preventive skills. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a Professional Assault Response Training (PART) © certificate from Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 100
Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) ©
1
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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. You will receive a Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) © certificate from Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) upon successfully completing the course.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 8.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 101
Observing, Reporting, and Recording
1
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You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the work place. The course content includes basic medical terminology, message communication, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 22.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 198, NURS 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 180
Safe Environment
1
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You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe, comfortable and pleasant environment. You will study fire safety, emergency response and WHMIS.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 182
Personal Care
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 66.0
Equivalent Course(s): NURS 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 192
Personal Competence
2
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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).
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 33.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 284
Special Needs 1
3
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Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with disruptions in their sensory organs, body systems (i.e. cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological and endocrine) and body functions (i.e. genitourinary and gastro-intestinal).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 291
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 219
Clinical-2 Special Care
7
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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.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 110.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 100, SPCR 101, COMM 197, COMM 291, DEMC 183, DEMC 280, HUMD 187, NUTR 198, SPCR 184, SPCR 285, SPCR 102, SPCR 103, SFTY 194, SANT 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
CLIN 232
Clinical-3 Home Care/Community Services
3
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In the home care/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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
COMM 197
Helping Skills
1
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You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 160, COMM 293, HUMR 186, NEPS 112, NURS 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
DEMC 280
Dementia Family Care
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 21.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 116
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
HUMD 187
Human Growth and Development
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 27.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 216
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
NUTR 198
Nutrition
2
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You will learn normal nutritional requirements based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. The course content also includes exploring how to maintain optimal nutritional balance for your clients.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 27.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 102
End of Life Care
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 17.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 103
Assisting with Special Procedures
2
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You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn the concepts of delegation, 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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 26.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 184
Post Acute Care
2
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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 surgical clients or clients with recent acute medical conditions.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 27.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 212
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SPCR 285
Special Needs 2
2
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Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with infectious diseases, cancer, altered mental abilities, disruption in mental health, alcohol dependency and drug dependency.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SPCR 284
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
Note: Students must be admitted to the program before taking the following courses: SPCR 103, SPCR 184, SPCR 284, and SPCR 285.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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