Diploma in Health Care Aide

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Are you interested in gaining the medical knowledge and clinical skills needed to begin a career helping others as a health care aide? If so, you may be interested in the Health Care Aide diploma program offered at CDI College. Learn more about this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

CDI College's Health Care Aide diploma program is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the practices that are used when working with those with special needs, elderly patients, and patients with mental health issues. The courses in this program allow you the opportunity to learn about medical conditions, end-of-life care, home support, wheelchair safety, and responsible care. You will also have the chance to study lifespan development, medications, medical terminology, and health communications. The program ends with a required clinical placement where you can get hands-on experience working with patients.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before applying to CDI College's Health Care Aide diploma program, you may already have an interest in a health care career and a passion for 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

  • Introduction to health care aide
  • Practical skills
  • Anatomy and medical terminology
  • Providing client care and comfort
  • Medications
  • Safe HCA work practices
  • Palliative care
  • Chronic conditions
  • Working with diverse clients
  • Meeting complex care needs
  • Health communications
  • Practicum
  • Career and employment strategies
  • Student success strategies

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

CDI College's Health Care Aide diploma program is designed to prepare you for a career in the health care industry. You will have the opportunity gain the medical knowledge needed to find careers assisting elderly, disabled, special needs, and other patients in a variety of environments. For instance, you could seek positions in hospitals, home care centres, hospices, and retirements homes. Some possible job titles include:

  • Health care assistant
  • Home healthcare worker
  • Long-term care aide
  • Residential care assistant
  • Nursing aide