Continuing Care Assistant

Battlefords Campus
Sep 5th, 2017 - Jun 7th, 2018 Full-time
Weekdays : 09:00am to 03:30pm

Tuition: $3975.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $430.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00

Meadow Lake Campus
Sep 11th, 2017 - May 17th, 2018 Full-time
Weekdays : 09:00am to 04:00pm

Tuition: $3975.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $895.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00

Longer life expectancies, a growing population of senior citizens, more focus on outpatient treatment - these are some of the reasons for the increasing demand for continuing care assistants. Simply put, continuing care assistants are people who care for other people.

North West College's Continuing Care Assistant program provides the knowledge and skills you need to move into this rewarding field. It is a one-year certificate program that combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. Practicums provide direct experience in home care, long-term care, special care and acute care settings.

You will build knowledge and skills related to:

  • application of long-term care philosophy in different settings
  • addressing individual psychosocial needs
  • dementia management strategies
  • gerontology (a major area of study)
  • administering personal care
  • promoting independence in a safe environment
  • working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments
  • working with people of different cultures



Admission Requirements

* Grade 12
* English Language requirement

Special Admissions:
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission.

A criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, and first aid certificate will be required.



  • ANAT 100 - Body Systems

    You will receive a basic introduction to body systems. You will study the structure of organs and systems in the human body, and how they function efficiently.


    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • CLIN 100 - Clinical 1 - Special Care

    In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that site. You will assist clients who require personal care/comfort.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • COMM 291 - Interpersonal Communication

    You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • DEMC 183 - Dementia Behaviour

    Your studies will address causes, stages and behaviours of dementia, behaviour mapping techniques and interventions that promote optimal level of functioning.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SANT 181 - FOODSAFE Level 1

    You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning. You will receive a Food Safe certificate from the Department of Health provided you receive a grade of 70% or higher.


    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SFTY 194 - Professional Assault Response Training (PART)

    You will participate in professional assault response training to provide you with defensive and preventive skills. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a Professional Assault Response Training (PART) © certificate from Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH).

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 100 - Transfers, Lifting, Repositioning (TLR)

    You will participate in activities to move and position clients/objects in health care settings using minimal physical effort and maximizing the use of mechanical aids and equipment. The course focuses on client/caregiver safety. You will receive a Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) © certificate from Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) upon successfully completing the course.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 101 - Observing, Reporting, Recording

    You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the work place. The course content includes basic medical terminology, message communication, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 180 - Safe Environment

    You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe, comfortable and pleasant environment. You will study fire safety, emergency response and WHMIS.


    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 182 - Personal Care

    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, grooming and dressing, oral care, foot and nail care, feeding clients, bowel and bladder care, turning and positioning clients and range of motion exercises.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • 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).

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 284 - Special Needs 1

    Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with disruptions in their sensory organs, body systems (i.e. cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological and endocrine) and body functions (i.e. genitourinary and gastro-intestinal).

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • CLIN 219 - Clinical 2 - Special Care

    In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that clinical site. You will provide care for clients who require assistance with activities of daily living.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • CLIN 232 - Clinical 3 - Home Care/Community Services

    In the home care/community services clinical setting, you will work under the supervision of a buddy or a staff member. You will demonstrate employability skills, comply with agency policies and procedures, communicate effectively, provide basic client care, and ensure client and personal safety.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • COMM 197 - Helping Skills

    You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • DEMC 280 - Dementia Family Care

    You will learn how those with dementia are assessed and how to intervene in emergency situations. You will discuss environments and issues related to institutional care placement and the impact dementia has on families.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • HUMD 187 - Human Growth and Development

    You will learn the physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of human growth and development from infancy to old age. You will also study the effects of aging on society.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • NUTR 198 - Nutrition

    You will learn normal nutritional requirements based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. The course content also includes exploring how to maintain optimal nutritional balance for your clients.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 102 - End of Life Care

    Your studies will cover death and dying in the Canadian context. You will study the basic needs and interventions of the dying client. You will also cover grief, the grieving process and the impact of life threatening illnesses on the family members.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 103 - Assist with Special Procedures

    You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn the concepts of delegation, carry out basic measurements, perform simple treatments and be introduced to client assessment. You will also learn the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting clients with medications.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 184 - Post Acute Care

    You will acquire the theory and develop the skills needed to help clients meet their needs in the post acute care phase. This may include post surgical clients or clients with recent acute medical conditions.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SPCR 285 - Special Needs 2

    Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with infectious diseases, cancer, altered mental abilities, disruption in mental health, alcohol dependency and drug dependency

    Delivery Method: Lecture