Diploma in Health, Assistance & Nursing

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If you wish to begin training for an entry-level nursing assistant position in the health care industry, you may want to consider the Diploma in Health, Assistance & Nursing program offered through CDI College. For more information about this diploma program, read on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

CDI College's Diploma in Health, Assistance & Nursing (Santé, assistance et soins infirmiers) program provides you with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to succeed in a nursing assistant job. The courses allow you to learn how to provide care for a variety of clients, including newborns, children, mothers, and the elderly. Additional courses can help you learn more about supporting individuals with mental health problems and those who need physical rehabilitation. There are also introductory courses that cover basic human anatomy, the systems of the body, nutrition, and infection control. This program is taught in French.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you wish to apply to CDI College's Diploma in Health, Assistance & Nursing program, you may already have an interest in a health care career and enjoy helping others. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, though some programs or campuses may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Specific course requirements vary by campus, but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Care of diverse clients
  • Care of children and adolescents and mothers and newborns
  • Pre- and postoperative care
  • Physical rehabilitation care
  • Medical care
  • Care of patients with mental health problems
  • Geronto-geriatric care
  • Preferred approach for children, adolescents, mothers and newborns
  • First aid
  • Approach to patients with mental health problems
  • Approach to palliative care
  • Approach to patients with cognitive deficits
  • Specific care
  • The urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • The endocrine, digestive, nervous and sensory systems
  • Nutrition
  • Basic care
  • Drug therapy
  • Infection control
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Ethical and legal aspects of the profession
  • Establishing a helping relationship
  • Basic care procedures
  • Communication within a health care team
  • The occupation and training process

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed this Diploma in Health, Assistance & Nursing program, you could have the knowledge and skills to seek nursing assistant positions within a variety of health care facilities. Depending on the facility, your duties could include providing support and basic care to patients and helping them complete daily personal and hygiene tasks under the supervision of a nurse. Some of the places where you could seek work include:

  • Clinics
  • Long-term care centres
  • Hospitals