Continuing Care Assistant (Part-Time)


Start a rewarding career in health care!

Students must apply and be accepted to the CCA program before registering for certain classes.

This part-time SaskPolytech certificate program prepares students to work in care homes, home care and community health centers. The program is flexible so that students can work toward completing the certificate over several years. This means you can look after job and family responsibilities while getting the education you want.

Every year Parkland College delivers a series of part-time courses in different locations. For most of the courses, it doesn’t matter what order they are completed in, so that students enroll in classes that come available and work toward completion.

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

Schedule & Tuition

Schedule & Tuition

If you enjoy working with others and making a positive difference, Continuing Care is your answer.

Location: Canora, SK
Time: Mondays OR Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2020-21 Classes Dates Tuition Books
SPCR 192 – Personal Competence Apr. 6 – May 11, 2021 $364.00 $20.00
SPCR 101 – Observing, Reporting, Recording Apr. 12 – May 17, 2021 $364.00 $15.00
COMM 197 – Helping Skills May 11 – June 1, 2021 $250.00 $14.00

Location: Fort Qu’Appelle, SK
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2020-21 Classes Dates Tuition Books
DEMC 280 – Dementia Family Care Apr. 14 – 26, 2021 $250.00 $10.00
ANAT 100 – Body Systems Apr. 26 – May 12, 2021 $364.00 $12.00
SPCR 180 – Safe Environment May 12 – 26, 2021 $250.00 $8.00
COMM 291 – Interpersonal Communications May 26 – June 14, 2021 $364.00 $20.00

Important Notes:

  • There is an attendance requirement for these courses. Please be prepared to attend all days scheduled for the courses you register for.
  • In addition to course modules for each class, there is a required textbook that costs approximately $190.00, and recommended textbooks that cost approximately $105.00 and $34.00, respectively.
  • Prices are subject to change.
  • * – Denotes that you must be admitted into the CCA program before you can take SPCR 103 and SPCR 184.
*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.
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

Effective July 1, 2014: Students must make application and be accepted to the CCA program before registering for certain classes. Please review the SaskPolytech CCA Update for more information.
  • 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.

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 expectancy, 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



Last Updated: April 19, 2021