Health & Community Studies

Health Care Aide


Career Description

A career as a health care aide will involve tending to the personal needs of those wo are unable to care for themselves. Duties may include: skin care, hair care, mouth care, bathing, bowel and bladder care, positioning and movement, exercise, basic wound care, feeding including special diets, and assistance with oxygen administration and medication reminder.

Program Description

Do you enjoy working with people? Are you a caring person who has great compassion and empathy for others? Do you enjoy helping people? Then a career as a Health Care Aide might be for you.

The Health Care Aide program will allow you to assist individuals who wish to remain independent and in their own homes or providing assistance within special care homes. As a Health Care Aide, you will be trained to effectively care for and assist seniors and individuals who may face physical or mental challenges.

This program is beneficial to those who have a caring attitude and positive people skills, who wish to help and support those who need assistance while remaining independent.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines


Regular Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma, ABE 12 or GED
  • Must have a criminal and vulnerable sector check
  • Must be physically capable including lifting, bending and prolonged periods of standing or walking.

Mature Admission Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age or older;
  • The applicant must have a minimum of five years related work experience;
  • Complete an entrance exam (ie. CAAT) and achieve a Grade 11 minimum;
  • An updated resume; and
  • If available, official transcripts.

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Delivery Method

  • Classroom and hands on learning (50% and 50%)
  • Three paracticum sessions, one for two-weeks and teo for three weeks
  • Independent and group at-home learning will be 5-10 hrs

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$4,488 $750 $575 $5,813
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is a provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass, please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.


  • ABUS 110-Abuse
  • BDSY 110-Body Systems
  • COMM 110-Communication Skills I
  • COMM 111-Communication Skills II
  • DEMT 110-Dementia
  • FACP 120-First Aid and CPR
  • FAML 111-Families
  • HGRD 110-Human Growth and Development
  • INCG 110-Introduction to Caregiving
  • NUTR 110-Nutrition
  • PACR 110-Post Acute Care
  • PART 121-Professional Assault Response Training (PART)
  • PRCR 110-Personal Care I
  • PRCR 111-Personal Care II
  • PRHC 134-Home Care Practicum
  • PRLT 131-Long-term Care Practicum I
  • PRLT 133-Long-term Care Practicum II
  • RRRS 112-Recognize, Respond & Record
  • SAEN 110-Safe Environment
  • SFHD 123-Safe Food Handling
  • SPND 110-Special Needs I
  • SPND 111-Special Needs II
  • SPND 112-Special Needs III
  • SPND 113-Special Needs IV
  • TLRP 122-Transfers, Lifts and Repositioning
  • WHMS 124-WHMIS – Workplace Hazardous Material Information System

Graduation Requirements

Students will need to complete all courses will a 60% average to graduate from the program.

Attendance Policy

We recommend that students attend all classes; we do know that life can throw a mean curve-ball or appointments cannot be missed, in this case, please let your instructors know of your absence to make arrangements for missed class time.

If applicable follow your funder’s requirements.

Career Possibilities

There are many paths that you can take from this program. Graduates from this program enter potential work fields such as: personal support worker, continuing care assistant, nurse aide, long-term care aide, housekeeper, visiting homemaker, special care aide and more.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.

Did you know?

SIIT pays for CPR/Standard First Aid, TLR (Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning), GPA (Gentle Persuasive Approaches for dementia patients), Mental Health First Aid and PART (Professional Assault Response Training) as part of the course. Over $900 in free safety and wellness training.

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