Continuing Care Assistant (Full-Time)

Overview

Start a rewarding career in health care today!

This SaskPolytech certificate program prepares students to work in care homes, home care and community health centers. Full-time and part-time courses are available. The program consists of theory courses, lab skills, and clinical placements in special care facilities and home care. Students learn to work with disabled, recovering, chronically and terminally ill people, providing assistance with essential activities of daily living. Graduates work under the supervision of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses or licensed practical nurses in home care or special care settings.

If the flexibility of part-time courses is more what you are looking for – courses are also available on a part-time basis or by distance.

Why Parkland College?

“The best thing about Parkland College is the location and small class sizes. The instructors are awesome and if you need extra resources they are available.

I would recommend the College because it opens door to a better career and life.”

- Deidra Missens

Tuition

Tuition & Course Info

Tuition: Approx. $5,026
**International students: Please refer to International Student Admissions for tuition information.
Books & Materials: Approx. $700
Orientation: September 2018
Dates: September 10, 2018 – May 31, 2019
Length: 32 weeks
Location: Yorkton, SK

*Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.*

Courses

Courses

The program is made up of 16 theory courses, 3 clinicals, and several additional certificates (Food Safe, TLR, PART, First Aid/CPR)

ANAT 100 – BODY SYSTEMS

Students in this course study the structure of organs and systems in the human body and how they function efficiently.

CLIN 100 – CLINICAL 1 – SPECIAL CARE

105 hours in a special care facility

CLIN 219 – CLINICAL 2 – SPECIAL CARE

110 hours in a special care facility

CLIN 232 – HOME CARE/COMMUNITY SERVICES CLINICAL

40 hours working with home care clients or community services

COMM 197 – HELPING  SKILLS

It is recommended to complete COMM 291 prior to taking this course. Students discuss and practice attending behaviours, empathy, respect, concreteness, summarization, and genuineness.

COMM 291 – INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

This course involves the study of interpersonal communication theory and applications in the workplace.

DEMC 183 – DEMENTIA – BEHAVIOUR

This course covers the causes, stages, and behaviours of dementia, behaviour mapping techniques, and interventions.

DEMC 280 – DEMENTIA – FAMILY CARE

It is recommended to complete DEMC 183 prior to taking this course. Students will learn how people with dementia are assessed and how to intervene in emergency situations.

HUMD 187 – HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

Studies focus on the physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of human growth and development from infancy to old age.

NUTR 198 – NUTRITION

Students learn normal nutritional requirements based on Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

SANT 181 – FOOD SAFE LEVEL 1

Safe food handling certificate taken through provincial Public Health

SFTY 194 – P.A.R.T. (Professional Assault Response Training)

Professional Assault Response Training

SPCR 100 – TRANSFERS, LIFTS & REPOSITIONING

Transfers, Lifts, and Repositioning

SPCR 101 – OBSERVING, REPORTING & RECORDING

Students learn written and oral communication skills required in the workplace, including basic medical terminology.

SPCR 102 – END OF LIFE CARE

Studies will cover death and dying in the Canadian context

SPCR 103 – ASSISTING WITH SPECIAL PROCEDURES

You will learn the concepts of delegation – and how to carry out basic measurement, perform simple treatments, and be introduced to client assessment

SPCR 104 – PERSONAL CARE 1

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, positioning clients, range of motion, oral care, and assisting to feed clients.

SPCR 105 – PERSONAL CARE 2

Building on the skills you learned in Personal Care 1, you will become skilled at assisting clients in meeting personal care needs. You will study grooming and dressing, foot and nail care, and elimination care.

SPCR 180 – SAFE ENVIRONMENT

This course covers how to promote client independence in a safe, comfortable, and pleasant environment.

SPCR 184 – POST ACUTE CARE

This course covers the theory and skills needed to help clients meet their needs in the post acute care phase, such as surgery or recent illness.

SPCR 192 – PERSONAL COMPETENCE

Studies focus on the goals and philosophy of home care and long term care.

SPCR 284 – SPECIAL NEEDS 1

Studies focus on the basic needs and interventions of clients with disruptions in their sensory organs, body systems, and body functions.

SPCR 285 – SPECIAL NEEDS 2

Studies will cover the basic needs and interventions for clients with infectious process, cancer, altered mental abilities, and other conditions.

Important Notes

Important Notes

  • Clinical components involve shift work and travel. Some clinical placements may be located in communities outside the City of Yorkton. Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the student. A driver’s license and vehicle are strongly recommended.
  • Immunization records are required. To obtain a copy of your immunization records, contact your local public health office. You may require your immunization to be updated. All costs associated with vaccines will be the responsibility of the student.
  • The passing grade for all theory courses is 60%.
  • There is a Continuing Care Assistant attendance policy. This policy and other Saskatchewan Polytechnic academic policies will be followed.
  • PLAR/Transfer Credit: For those with previous work, training or life skills related to this program, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option. To learn more about PLAR availability, visit the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Did You Know?
When you complete the Business, Office Education, Entrepreneurship or Continuing Care Certificate at Parkland College your certificate will be issued by Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Formerly SIAST).

When can I apply?
You can apply anytime for SaskPolytech certificate programs at Parkland College. However, please note that applicants are accepted on a first come/first qualified basis. Original transcripts are required for acceptance into a program. Applications can be sent without the original but will not be officially considered until all entrance requirements are met (original transcript included).

If a program runs full-time can I still take it on a part-time basis?
Yes, most of the programs are available on a class by class basis. If you are interested in taking a program but can only do a few classes per semester we can create a schedule that will suit your needs. Some classes do have a prerequisite requirement and need to be taken in a certain order. We can help guide you through the process!

How do I apply for a program as an International Student?
Students can complete the online application form and pay the $120.00 processing fee. Applications must include secondary and post-secondary transcripts and documents. English proficiency results must also be attached.

Are there English language requirements for International Students?
Our programs all require a minimum 6.5 IELTS bandscore. Some exceptions apply.

Will there be assignments and homework as part of the program?
Students will cover several courses in each semester and are responsible for assignments and studying. This will definitely require homework outside of class time.

Career Opportunities

Continuing Care Assistants are often called Special Care Aides. They work under the supervision of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses or licensed practical nurses in home care settings, special care facilities (such as nursing homes), hospitals, and integrated facilities.

Demand for this occupation is growing and so are the job opportunities due to factors such as an aging population, longer life expectancies, shorter hospital stays, and more outpatient treatment.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or GED 12. No special admission option.
  • Standard First Aid and Heartsaver CPR “C” AED.
  • English Language Requirement. Please refer to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website for full details.
  • Non-refundable application fee: $60.00 (online) OR $90.00 (paper).
  • Criminal Record Check: Criminal record checks are required and must include a vulnerable sector check. It is at the discretion of the health region whether a student with a criminal record will be allowed to participate in clinical components. All costs associated with the criminal record check are the responsibility of the student.
  • Immunization Record: Current immunization information must be submitted prior to the clinical portion of the program starting. You may require further immunization. All costs associated with vaccines are the responsibility of the student.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation during clinical. A driver’s licence and vehicle are strongly recommended.
  • Students should have personal and physical suitability. This occupation requires physical strength, coordination, endurance, and a desire to help people.

Program Information:

Dale Holstein
Coordinator, Post-Secondary
Direct: 1.306.786.2583
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
E-Mail: d.holstein@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Admissions Information:

Christopher Kosteroski
Senior Admissions Officer/International Coordinator
Direct: 1.306.786.2588
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
E-mail: c.kosteroski@parklandcollege.sk.ca

**International students please email international@parklandcollege.sk.ca



Last Updated: October 5, 2017