Continuing Care Assistant

Learn the skills to provide long-term care to the aging community and take advantage of up to $4,000 in bursaries towards the cost of tuition for the Continuing Care Assistant program. Bursaries are limited. Apply now.

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Program Outline

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About The Program

The Continuing Care Assistant diploma program includes the Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia care course as well as front-line education for palliative care.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Shannex
  • Northwood Homecare Limited
  • Ocean View Continuing Care Centre
  • We Care
  • Revera Home Health 
  • Bayshore Health Care


100 %

Employment Rate*

$ 17

Average Wage/hr**

$ 21

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2019 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 4412, 3413 - **Wage data based on NOC Code 4412 and rounded down to the nearest dollar, based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in July, 2021.

Program Details

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.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • Course material approved by the Health Association of Nova Scotia CCA Program Advisory Committee; 
  • Palliative Care Front-Line Education;
  • Standard First Aid/CPR Level C training; 
  • Food hygiene course or Basic Food Safety Training (BFST); 
  • WHMIS awareness; 
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act introduction. 
Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Acute Care for Continuing Care Assistant
This module provides additional knowledge and skills to support clients in the hospital setting. The learner will acquire skills to assist the health care team with heat and cold applications, meeting client oxygen needs, physical examinations, medication, enteral nutrition and I.V. therapy. The learner will also learn to assist with urinary and fecal elimination.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Body Structure, Function, Related Health Issues & Medication Awareness - Level I
This module will enable the learner to acquire a basic knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body. It provides an introduction to common health issues and the implications for care.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Body Structure, Function, Related Health Issues & Medication Awareness - Level II
This module builds on knowledge acquired in Part I and will enable the learner to acquire a basic knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body. It provides an introduction to common health issues and the implications for care. It will continue to allow the learner to cultivate an awareness of medications and the role of the CCA in supporting the needs of the person.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Body Mechanics
In this module the learner will be introduced to the principles of body movement and safety to be followed during the performance of all direct and indirect assistance activities in the classroom, lab and placement settings. S/he will acquire and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure his/her own safety and that of the person when assisting with activities of daily living.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Care Setting Management, Nutrition & Meal Preparation
This module is designed to enable the learner to develop the skills required for the basic safety and cleanliness of the person’s care setting, whether a private residence or within another type of care setting, according to the scope of employment policies. It prepares the CCA to organize and complete daily care setting management tasks. S/he will also learn how to set priorities and develop time management skills. Also In this module the learner will focus on nutrition and the role of the CCA in meeting the dietary needs of individuals of all ages. S/he will plan menus, understand basic meal preparation practices, prepare and serve meals to meet person-specific nutritional needs.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communication in the Care Setting/Documentation and Technology
This module will introduce the learner to effective interpersonal communication practices for CCAs. The learner will become familiar with different types of professional relationships and the appropriate forms of interpersonal communication that occur in care settings. The learner will assess his/her strengths and areas for improvement in interpersonal communications generally. The learner also will understand and practice communication strategies and approaches that will strengthen his/her ability to deal with the varied situations s/he might encounter as a CCA. This module will also provide an introduction to the various forms of written communication required of CCAs in care settings and how CCAs can approach care-related written communication appropriately and effectively. The learner will recognize the importance of documentation in the coordination and monitoring of care and will overview various forms of documentation. The learner also will develop his or her written communication and documentation skills. Additionally, the learner will be introduced to the appropriate uses of technology by CCAs both inside and outside care settings.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Standard First Aid/CPR Level C/WHMIS
This course trains participants in a variety of industry required certifications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Environmental Safety
In this module, the learner will gain an understanding of his/her role as a CCA in providing a safe and secure environment. S/he will become familiar with strategies, rules, regulations and protocols that will help him/her to minimize workplace risk. There is an emphasis on infection control.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Skills Development Placement
During Skills Development learners will have the opportunity to develop their skills in the Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged setting. This placement is meant to introduce the student to a real work environment to develop their skills by providing hands on experience under the direct supervision of an RN or LPN. Learners gain practical experience in meeting the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) needs of indivuduals. Al Skills Development placement hours must be completed by learners after the required theory and lab to meet program requirements and may occur during any 24 huor/7 day a week period over 12 months of the year.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Home Support Mentorship
Home support placements provide the learners with opportunity to work in partnership with a mentor to develop and practice skills unique to home support. The Home Support Mentorship placement occurs with a home support agency providing service to Department of Health and Wellness. Learners gain practical experience in meeting the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) needs of individuals.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged Mentorship
Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged placements provide the learners with the opportunity to apply theory and skills in the workplace as they work in partnership with a mentor. The placement occurs in Department of Health and Wellness licensed settings. Learners gain practical experience in meeting the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) needs of inviduals.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Open Mentorship
Open placements provide learners with the opportunity to enhance and transfer their knowledge, skills and abilities to one or more placement sites including acute care facilities, home care agencies, nursing homes/homes for the aged, and other approved care settings.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Growth & Development
In this module the CCA will understand and apply the principles of growth and development to meet the person’s needs appropriately and adequately. Knowing the person’s level of physical, emotional and social development is crucial to planning and providing care. This module emphasizes how these needs change as the person progresses through the life cycle.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to CCA, Healthcare & CCA Professional Development
This module introduces the learner to the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) program, the health care sector as well the role of the CCA and the CCAs general responsibilities as an integral provider of care and member of the health care team. The module also introduces the learner to the framework governing the delivery of care and the various types of health care services and service providers in Nova Scotia. Components of the health care system including long term care, home support, acute care and mental health across the continuum will also be discussed. The learner will recognize how the social philosophy of care and the CCA Scope of Practice are consistent dimensions of the CCA role, regardless of environment. The learner also will recognize the professional responsibilities associated with the CCA role, and will be introduced to the professional qualities and behaviours that contribute to a successful career as a CCA.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mental Health and Social Issues/Palliative Care
This module is designed to prepare the learner to recognize and support individuals who are experiencing mental health issues as well as various types of abuse and neglect. It explores strategies to maintain mental health and social well–being. Community resources are also identified. Challenging/responsive behaviours are briefly discussed but are explored in further detail in the Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementia Care Course. The learner will also complete the Palliative Care training provided through Cancer Care Nova Scotia. This course is directed at front line care providers with the goal to improve the knowledge, skills, and understanding of palliative patients and their families.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Palliative Care
The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required when working with those living with a life limiting illness and their families.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Personal Care for Continuing Care Assistant
In this module the learner will be introduced to the principles relating to personal care using a person-centered philosophy of care approach. S/he will learn, practice and demonstrate the practical skills necessary for respectfully, safely and effectively providing personal care to individuals across the life cycle.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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  • High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
  • Clear Conduct Certificate
  • Conduct Certificate for admission into a program takes 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.
  • A Vulnerable Sector Search is also required
  • Mentally and physically able to complete the requirements for the job.
  • Provide their own transportation that is acceptable to their clinical agencies.
  • Complete a standardized health form and proof of immunization.


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