Continuing Care Assistant (Full-Time)


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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 & Course Info

Tuition: Approx. $4,500
**International students: Please refer to International Student Admissions for tuition information.
Books, Materials & Fees: Approx. $1,530
Orientation: September 2021
Dates: September 6, 2022 – June 1, 2023
Length: 32 weeks
Location: Yorkton, SK

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


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.
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 100 DEMENTIA CARE TYou will study the types, behaviors and assessment techniques for dementia. You will learn how to promote optimal levels of functioning throughout the disease progression and manage critical incidents. Issues related to institutional care placement and the impact dementia has on the family will be examined.
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.
SOCI 171 CULTURE AND DIVERSITY IN CANADIAN SOCIETY You will explore culture and diversity in Canada and the challenges they present. You will discuss the impacts of oppression, multiculturalism, immigration, social inequalities, and social justice at both personal and professional levels. You will discuss the historical and contemporary challenges of Indigenous peoples. You will also examine tools to foster social change and diversity competencies.
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 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 106 INTRODUCTION TO CAREGIVING You will examine the role of the Continuing Care Assistant as part of the interprofessional team and discuss the attributes that are required to be a successful team member. Client and family-centered care will be discussed with the use of effective communication to build rapport and trust. Safe practices will be explored to ensure safety for the client and caregiver.
SPCR 107 COMMUNITY CARE You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe home environment. Examination of community resources will help you learn how to promote socialization for seniors. Nutritional challenges and activity for seniors will be discussed as well as the employment standards for working alone in home care. This course includes a 1 day observed community exercise.
SPCR 108 SPECIAL PROCEDURES You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn about delegation and perform basic measurements and simple treatments. Client assessment will also be discussed. You will acquire the theory and skills required to assist clients who have post-acute surgical or medical conditions.
SPCR 192 PERSONAL COMPETENCE 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).
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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Did You Know?
When you complete the Business, Office Administration, or Continuing Care Certificate at Parkland College your certificate will be issued by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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 (for domestic students only). 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 $140.00 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?
All programs require an IELTS minimum 6.5 with no bands less than 5.5.

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. Special Admission is available.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Heart Saver ‘C’ AED or equivalent are required prior to entry into clinical.
  • English Language Requirement. Please refer to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website for full details.
  • Non-refundable application fee: $60.00 (online) OR $90.00 (paper).
  • International students: please refer to the International Application and Admission Process for more information
  • 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. Criminal record checks must be dated July 1 or later of the current program year.
  • 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.


International students please email [email protected]


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Last Updated: October 18, 2021