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Health Care Aide
Grande Prairie Regional Collegewww.gprc.ab.ca
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Certificate
Length 1 Year or Less
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
The following requirements must be met to be eligible for entry into a licensed HCA program.
Academic English Language Arts (ELA)
- English 20-1 or English 20-2 or equivalent with a minimum score of 60% OR
- English 30-1 or English 30-2 or equivalent with a minimum score of 55% OR
- Deemed equivalent by completion of ACCUPLACER (assessment placement test)
Note: Students who have not completed the ELA, 20-2 level requirement and achieved the minimum grade are subject to completing the ACCUPLACER assessment test. This can include students out of province, out of country or mature students that have been out of school for a significant length of time.
English Language Proficiency (ELP)
Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. Equivalencies are as follows:
- Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7; OR
- By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; OR
- By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.
Approved English Language Proficiency Tests
Tests benchmarked at a CLB 7 for all 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Official results must be submitted directly to the PSI.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6 (no section score below 5.5);
- Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Testing (TOEFL iBT): 71;
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General: 7 (with no section score below 6); and
- Canadian Language Benchmarks/Milestones Test (7 in each strand, not an average of 7).
- Test Currency: results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of the program.
- Test Validity: IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing. Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program will not be accepted.
Candidates must possess knowledge of computer/technology tools to be successful in the program. Candidates must:
- Be able to communicate, research and understand information
- Know how to use computer to surf web, email
- Be able to critically evaluate and understand how technology can affect one’s behavior
- Be able to create, produce content and effectively communicate using email, media, internet
The following requirements must be met after students are admitted to the HCA program.
Health and Safety
After being admitted to the program students must complete and submit the following items by August 1:
- Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Clearance
- Immunization – some immunizations including Hepatitis B, may need to be initiated prior to the first day of the program.
- Standard First Aid
- CPR – HCP
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Updated May 05, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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