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
Meadow Lake Campus
Aug 29th, 2022 - Apr 28th, 2023 Full-time
Tuition: $4826.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $500.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00
Other: $200.00  Deposit
* Grade 12
* English Language requirement
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, first aid certificate and WHMIS will be required, at students cost.
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.
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.
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.
DEMC 100 Dementia Care
You 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.
SPCR 101 Observing, Reporting, Recording
You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the work place. The course content includes basic concepts of simple arithmetic, basic medical terminology, concept mapping, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans.
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 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
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).
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.
COMM 197 Helping Skills
You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.