Continuing Care Assistant - Part-Time

Continuing Care Assistant - Part-Time 2022-2023


Demand for health-care workers is high, and that includes demand for continuing care assistants. If you enjoy caring for others, and if you want to get into the workforce quickly, North West College's Continuing Care Assistant program might be just what you’re looking for.

As a continuing care assistant, you’ll work directly with clients in long-term care, home care, assisted living, some areas in acute care, and even special needs classrooms. You’ll help them with mobility, personal care, assisting them to eat their meals, and medication monitoring. It’s a face-to-face, people-focused job.

North West College's Continuing Care Assistant program is a one-year certificate program. This part-time program will allow you to work toward your certificate.

The program combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

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

Your clinical work experiences will give you a taste of different work settings. Under the supervision of a buddy or staff member, you’ll work directly with clients in home care, long-term care and acute care settings. It’s a great way to build your skills and your confidence.

All courses are limited to 16 students unless otherwise noted.

Fees must be paid at least two weeks before the module’s start date. 

** Tuition prices are subject to change without notice.

Battlefords Campus
Sep 1st, 2022 - Jun 9th, 2023

Tuition: $4848.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $714.00 (subject to change)

Admission Requirements

No admission requirements necessary. Students can start immediately without credentials or without proof of English Language proficiency. However, these students must first complete 24 credit units before they can take Post-Acute Care or Assisting with Special Procedures modules.

NOTE: Tuition must be paid two weeks or more before the module's start date.


Code Name
  • 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).

  • 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.

  • COMM 197 Helping Skills

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SPCR 101 Observing, Recording and Reporting

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SPCR 103 Assisting 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.

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