Health Care Aide Program FAQs

Why Become a Health Care Aide?

A Health Care Aide Certification is the official industry standard to show the student has completed in-class and practicum training and demonstrated top skills to work in home care and clinical health care settings.

The rising demand for Health Care Aide professionals in Alberta is one of the outcomes of our aging population.

Home health care allows you to work in clinical settings and non-clinical settings whereas home care only allows you to work in non-clinical settings. This program trains and qualifies you for both types of work.

Eligibility & Admissions

MaKami College strives to help people of all ages and backgrounds achieve their educational dreams. Alberta Health admission requirements are Alberta's English Language Arts Grade 10 or equivalent, GED, or academic testing through MaKami SAS Department.

Most potential health care aide students are excited to enroll and want to know when they can start classes. MaKami College has health care aid programs starting year-round, contact us today to learn more about the next program start date for both Edmonton and Calgary campuses.

The program is taught at both campuses in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

MaKami College Edmonton

MaKami College Calgary

The 1078 hour program is 52 weeks long. That's 3 semesters each lasting 4 months (4 months of theory and 8 months practicum).

You may be eligible for scholarships at MaKami College. Book a tour and talk to our admissions team about your scholarship options.

We offer flexible learning options to help you fit this program in your schedule. They include full-time classes, evening and weekend workshops.

Watch the Student Success Stories videos or visit our YouTube page to hear what our tutors and students have to say about their experience at MaKami College.



You need to be 17 years of age or older, have the relevant study permit, academic transcripts to be translated into English and authenticated by Makami College Inc, and can demonstrate a competent level of English. Apply as an international student here.

Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be in writing. Please refer to Alberta Student Enrollment Contracts in your orientation package for more details on refunds.

Program Curriculum

Students get plenty of support from knowledgeable staff, free extra resources, one-on-one attention within our student success centre to ensure that there is complete support from day 1 of the course.

For further information about the course, read the Health Care Aide curriculum page.

We have full-time classes, evening and weekend workshops. To learn more about the Health Care Aide Program, we highly recommend attending one of our student tours.

Our MaKami College Health Care Aide Program will make you a certified professional that is recognized Alberta-wide.

Yes, by completing the Health Care Aide Course at MaKami College, you will be an industry-certified professional.

You get a total of 700 hours of supervised practical experience - the highest practicum hours available in the industry to get work experience. You won’t get this anywhere else.

You will be taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff who have worked as medical professionals in the field.

Currently, there are no full-time online learning options. Instead, we offer a cutting edge iPad-based curriculum (with interactive graphics) combined with a lot of hands-on training.

All MaKami College students have access to free English courses and if required, multilingual student advisors and tutors are also available at both MaKami campuses. Read more about our ESL programs.

Career & Mentorship Support

Graduates upgrade their schooling through discounted Makami workshops at any time! We also provide assistance in finding employment, starting own business and mentorship opportunities. For more information visit our Alumni Benefits Page.

Students with excellent leadership skills are given the opportunity to work under an instructor as paid interns and receive mentorship during their schooling to help further their career as a massage therapist. Find out more.

In 16 weeks, you can begin getting hands-on experience in your practicum placement. After 52 weeks (1078 hours) and upon graduation, you can start working full-time as a licensed Health Care Aide professional.

Throughout the course, you are guaranteed practical on-site training at the college as well as off-site in your clinical placement. To help ensure success after graduation, we also help students with resume writing.

As a Health Care Aide professional, you can work in hospitals, supportive care facilities, and assisted living housing facilities or even become a teacher or trainer at Makami College.

Upon graduation, you can immediately get a job as a Health Care Aide and earn as much as $25 an hour.

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

There are student loans such as Alberta Student Aid and Canada Student Loan.

When you graduate, your Alberta Student Loan will be payment-free and interest-free for six months, and your Canada Student Loan will be payment-free for six months but will begin to accrue interest immediately.

Our Student Advisory team can advise where you can find information on student loans, financial assistance from various sources, charity grants, i.e. Queen Esther Education Foundation, or other forms of funding.

Prior to graduation, the Student Advisory Services team will contact you to discuss your repayment obligations and develop a repayment plan to meet your needs.


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