The Assistance in Health Care Facilities program is seven months long, but with an additional three months, students can follow the Home Care program and earn their second vocational diploma (DEP).
As part of the Assistance in Health Care Facilities program, students learn how to care for someone, including daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, feeding and assisting with full care in a health care institutional setting. There are three placements in local institutions to practice the skills they’ve learned in class. The program also includes a First Aid Course in addition to Ethics and Teamwork courses and a special course in Moving Patients Safely (PDSB). With the additional three months, the second DEP (Home Care) allows student to also work in Local Community Services Centres (CLSC) or privately in a home setting.
Graduates from these programs often have job offers even before they graduate.
The starting date for these programs is planned for either December 2015 or January 2016, depending on the number of applicants. If you’re interested in creating a career as a health care assistant, visit the New Frontiers School Board (NFSB) website to learn more.