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- 16 week credential
- starts in September or January

The Personal Care Aide credit program is a 16-week, full-time program - 11 weeks of theory and five-weeks of practicum. The program trains participants with the necessary skills to become employed as personal care / home care workers in long-term care facilities, family services agencies, and / or private agencies providing home care. Emphasis in this program will be on the development of skills such as: home management, interpersonal communications, general health care, first aid, safety, and knowledge of the specific needs of clients.





Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep .6, Oct. 11, Nov. 11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000


New students are accepted in the Personal Care Aide / Home Care Worker program for the Fall or Winter terms.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Alberta high school diploma or equivalent.

Professional Requirements
Applicants should have expressed an interest in working with the elderly, mentally or physically challenged persons. To have a practicum placement, and/or work with some private agencies, applicants may be required to be bonded, requiring a criminal record check. The logistics of obtaining that check and the impact certain criminal records will have on program completion, will be discussed with the applicants. Cost of the criminal record check is approximately $25.

Medical Requirements
Applicants are required to submit a report providing evidence of inoculation against common communicable diseases and a medical examination prior to the beginning of classes. Annual tuberculosis testing and record of contact or infection with varicella is required. Hepatitis B inoculation (first of series) prior to entering the practicum will be provided by LCC Health Services.


Studentsı Association
Books and Supplies
$ 410

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon successful completion of all the program requirements, students will be awarded the Credential of Academic Achievement for the Personal Care Aide / Home Care Worker program.


At the completion of the program, graduates may undergo further pre employment training from employers of personal care providers. These individuals will be knowledgeable to needs specific to special clients. Employment opportunities could vary from private agencies, to long term care centres and community home care agencies.


None available at this time.


Courses Hours Credits
COM 162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication 48 3
CPL 100 Careers for the 21st Century 48 3
FAD 150 First Aid 32 2
PCA 146 Household Management and Community Awareness 48 3
PCA 148 Practicum (5 weeks) 200 3
PCA 160 Health Maintenance I 64 4
PCA 162 Health Maintenance II 48 3
PSY 140 Psychology of Everyday Life 48 3
Total 24 credits


PCA 146 Household Management and Community Awareness (3 credits)
This course covers the necessary skills of household management, time management, money management, household cleaning and scheduling, laundering, menu planning, meal preparation, sanitation and food handling, food shopping and community awareness, leisure recreation services, community services e.g. handibus and supports. Not available for supplemental.

PCA 148 Practicum (3 credits)
This course is full-time work experience for five weeks in an institution or community setting to practice and further develop skills acquired in the program to meet the needs of the client. Graded CR/NCR. Not available for supplemental.

PCA 160 Health Maintenance I (4 credits)
This course is an introduction to the general practice of health maintenance and health care needs of all people is presented. the concepts of good physical and mental health are introduced and fundamental procedures to maintain health including nutrition, asepsis, simple phymacology and activation are discussed. Some basic nursing theory is introduced. Students are instructed in methods of providing assistance for personal care with an emphasis on safe delivery of that care. the role of the personal care/home care worker with the health care system is discussed with emphasis on being a team member. Not available for supplemental.

PCA 162 Health Maintenance II (3 credits)
This laboratory /clinical experienceenables students to practice the skills from Health Maintenance I. Graded CR/NCR. Not available for supplemental.


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