Health Care Aide Courses at MaKami College

Health Care Aide Training Programs

Start Working as a Health Care Aide in Under a Year!

Right now there is a huge demand for health care aides in Alberta, due to the growth in an aging population.

Health Care Aides, also known as personal care assistants, caregivers or medical assistants, can work in hospitals, supportive care facilities, and assisted living housing facilities, providing important assistance to a wide variety of patients including the elderly, and injured or disabled persons who require support and care.

MaKami College offers the most Advanced Health Care Aide Program in Alberta, with the highest level of practical training and GUARANTEED PRACTICUM PLACEMENT so you can get a job as a Health Care Aide immediately and earn as much as $25 an hour!

Is the Health Care Aide Program Right for You?

If you’re ready for a career where you can truly make a difference in someone’s life, then the Health Care Aide program is right for you. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff have worked as professionals in the field and can provide the hands-on training so you can confidently enter into the Health Care Aide field.

About the Health Care Aide Program

Our Health Care Aide Program follows the Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum and is regulated by Alberta Health. We offer the only 52 week - 1078 hours - program in Alberta. Your training includes a guaranteed job practicum so you can earn an income while gaining the real-life experience needed to succeed after graduation. Our experienced instructors have worked as health professionals in the field, such as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). They have the ability to teach you our cutting-edge health care program so you can confidently work in any setting.

MaKami College’s Health Care Aide Program offers an iPad-based curriculum with realistic, interactive graphics to help you fully understand how the body works. With the latest iPad you'll have the ability to translate documents into multiple languages, so even if English is not your first language you still have the potential to be successful!

What You’ll Learn

Our programs run in 3 semesters, each four months long for a total of 12 months. The first semester is in-class instruction. The second and third semesters are practicums in the workplace in health-care facilities. Health Care Aide programs are available at both the Calgary and Edmonton, AB campuses.

There are 9 main courses in the curriculum:

1) Role of the HCA,
2) Client Care and Comfort,
3) Communication in Health Care,
4) Structure and Function of the Human Body,
5) Meeting Complex Client Needs,
6) Special Care for Diverse Clients,
7) Assisting with Medication,
8) Ethics and Communication,
9) Role of Technology in Health Care.

Plus First Aid-CPR certification.

Classroom Training

You'll cover the basics of the role of a Health Care Aide, build practical skills, assessment techniques and manual applications. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a successful health care aide in any setting.

Health Care Aide Curriculum

Job Practicum

You'll have two practicums; both 16-week placements with employers where you can learn how to effectively apply your classroom training. These supervised practicum placements are where you get the hands-on training you’ll need to succeed as a Health Care Aide.

Health Care Aide Program FAQs

Student Life at MaKami College

Going back to school is easy at MaKami College. Health care aide students are able to access the resources and take advantage of the amenities that make us a top choice for students who want to work in healthcare settings.

At MaKami College you can expect:

  • Professional and highly trained instructors
  • Hands-on training
  • Work experience opportunities
  • One-on-one attention with our Student Success Centre
  • Professional and business development opportunities
  • Excellent career opportunities post-graduation

After completing your program, you will be able to work as a Health Care Aide in Alberta.

Career Opportunities for MaKami Graduates

While you are a MaKami College Health Care Aide program student you will get the highest level of practical training on-site at the college as well as off-site in your clinical placement. You will graduate with the experience needed to start your career with confidence. Our graduates work in settings including:

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Nursing homes
  • And more!


“When I graduated from the MaKami Health Care Aide program I found a job in my field right away, and I felt confident knowing I had some of the best training available in Alberta.”

Gershom Benbow