Continuing Care Assistant - Progressive Education
Learn the skills to become a registered Continuing Care Assistant in Nova Scotia. You will be trained in how to provide long-term care assistance to the aging community. You may also be eligible for a 100% tuition Nova Scotia Government grant when you begin your program.
About The Program
Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) are highly sought after in Nova Scotia and remain one of the fastest-growing fields in health care. This is mainly due to the rise of the Canadian aging population. Canadians are now living longer lives than previous generations and the demand for care workers is also increasing.
Our Continuing Care Assistant – Progressive Education Program (CCA – PE), is a great way to put your learning into practice early on in the program. Starting from week 12 of this unique program, students will attend classes virtually three days a week and work two days a week in the continuing care sector.
Note: You must be a Canadian permanent resident or citizen to qualify.
As a Continuing Care Assistant graduate, you will qualify for positions such as Continuing Care Assistant, Care Team Assistant, Home Support Worker, Home Care Worker, and Personal Care Worker.
Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads
- Valley View Villa
- Saint Vincent’s
- Mountain Lea Lodge
- MacLeod Annapolis Royal
- Grace Haven
- Shoreham Village
- Gem Healthcare Group
- Hillside Pines
- North Queens Nursing Home
*Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.
NOC Code: 4412, 3413 - **Wage data based on NOC Code 4412 and rounded down to the nearest dollar based on Nova Scotia data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.
Get the certifications you need to become a successful Continuing Care Assistant. As the aging population increases, the demand for care workers is growing rapidly. If you are looking for a rewarding career path and enjoy helping others, the Continuing Care Assistant program is just what you need to get started.
Support clients and their families who need assistance — whether elderly, disabled or recovering from a serious illness or injury. You’ll have the opportunity to work in various healthcare settings including hospitals, long-term care homes or as in-home care providers.
As a Continuing Care Assistant student at Eastern College, you will learn the skills required to meet provincial standards and help you find a job in your chosen field. Course material is approved by the Health Association of Nova Scotia CCA Program Advisory Committee.
Students enrolled in the program receive the following certifications:
- LEAP Long-Term Care Pallium Canada
- Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementia Care Course
- Standard First Aid/CPR Level C training
- Food Hygiene Course or Basic Food Safety Training (BFST)
- WHMIS Awareness
- Occupational Health and Safety Act introduction
What’s Included in the ‘Work and Learn’ Continuing Care Assistant – PE Program?
- 100% free tuition including books and exam fees
- 37-week program with classes offered remotely so you can learn from anywhere
- ‘Work and Learn’ model (earning money while you learn)
- Eastern College Diploma
- Great employment prospects
Course Listings: Nova Scotia
Body Structure and Function
Introduction to the CCA Career
Growth and Development Across the Life Course
Nursing Home Mentorship Placement
Mental Health and Social Well-Being
Meeting Personal Needs
Safe Handling and Mobility
Safety and Wellness
Skills Development Placement 1
Skills Development Placement 2
- Grade 12 or equivalent
- If a student does not have Grade 12 or equivalent, he/she must achieve a score of 12 on the Wonderlic Test
- Clear Conduct Certificate: Students acquiring a Clear Conduct Certificate for admission into a program take on the rationale that it is valid. Students are solely accountable for any offences that remain uncovered which when discovered by the investigation preclude the student from sustainable field placement or employment
- Vulnerable sector search
- Complete a standardized health form and proof of immunization
- Applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English per the CCA Language Proficiency Policy
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