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Health Care Aide and Personal Support Worker

Who it’s for

You like to help and take care of others, especially the elderly and disabled. You’re compassionate, conscientious and honest, and you follow instructions easily. You are physically and emotionally fit, and you build rapport quickly with people.

What you’ll learn

You will develop essential skills to provide patient-centred care and support complex care needs as part of a larger interdisciplinary care team. You will learn about the different levels of care within the Canadian health system and the safe patient standards that guide the health care field and assure patient safety.

Program details

Program length:

1 year full time (8 months)



Work-integrated Learning:

8 weeks of practicum for qualifying students

Start Times:

  • Fall / Winter



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Your career

This is a great career option if you like to help people. It involves physical labour and shift work, but the need for personal care never ends, so there is always demand.

With your training, you may branch out into the public or private health care sector, including acute care units in hospitals, long-term care facilities and private support care agencies.

Career opportunities

  • Health care aide
  • Personal support worker

Career opportunities

  • Health care aide
  • Personal support worker

Program features and outcomes

  • Multiple career setting opportunities
  • Industry-recognized instructors
  • Curriculum that aligns with current health care practices
  • Strong prospects for a rewarding career
  • Practical skills training through two, preceptor-led work practicum placements
  • Industry-recognized, specialized training and certifications

Key Program Courses

  • Introduction to the healthcare environment
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology 1, 2
  • Effective Communication for Collaborative Care Practice
  • Human development across the lifespan
  • Supporting complex care needs 1, 2

Admission requirements

  • Manitoba high school diploma
  • Grade 12 Math (40S)* or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)* or equivalent
  • Grade 11 Biology (30S) or Grade 12 Biology (40S)*
  • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
  • For full practicum information visit our website.

*minimum grade of 50%

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Student success stories

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"If you love helping people I think you should apply to this program. It's such a great entry level where you can learn the basic things about how to actually help people."

— Vivien