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We have been selected to take part in Nova Scotia’s Continuing Care Assistant Progressive Education Plan, delivering the program through the “Work and Learn, 3 and 2” CCA Education Model! Watch the video announcement below.

Under this new, Work and Learn, 3 and 2 model, students can complete their Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) course by attending three days a week and working two days a week in paid positions within the continuing care environment. The program will be available in Sydney, Dartmouth, and rural areas throughout the province.

Tuition, administration and exam fees, and books, will be provided to Nova Scotia residents who qualify for this unique program!

The Work and Learn, 3 and 2 CCA program consists of approximately eight weeks of in-class instruction before students move to the 3 and 2 Work and Learn model. Individuals will learn to provide care to meet the various needs of the elderly, disabled, and convalescents. An interview may be required before accepting students for clinical experience. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical placements and work experience. Shift work is an integral part of this occupation. Furthermore, physical demands include moving, lifting, and continued standing.

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Total program length: Total  30 – Theory 21, Practicum 9

admission requirements

Progressive Education CCA Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or GED, or Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) Certificate

Alternate Entrance:

  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age and have been out of school for at least one year
  • Demonstrate the necessary numeracy and literacy skills
  • Achieve a minimum score of 12 on the Wonderlic assessment test

Additional Requirements 

  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check indicating no criminal conviction (current Canada wide police check) – the check must be dated less than 6 months as of the program start date
  • Proficient in the official language in which the Program is delivered; as required, a recognized testing tool will be used to gauge proficiency.
  • Language proficiency level will meet or be equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 8 as per the CCAPAC Admission Requirements
  • Interview with an Admissions representative

Program Outline

  • Body Structures, Functions & Care Implications
  • Care Management Setting
  • CCA Professional Development
  • Communication in the Care Setting
  • Dementia: Understanding the Journey
  • Documentation and Technology in the Care Setting
  • Environmental Safety
  • First Aid/CPR Level C + AED
  • Foodhandler’s Course
  • Growth & Development
  • Home Support Placement Overview
  • Introduction to the CCA Program and the Health Care Sector
  • LEAP
  • Medication
  • Mental Health & Social Well-Being
  • Mentorship Placements
  • Nursing Home/Homes for the Aged Placement Overview
  • Nutrition and Meal Preparation
  • Personal Care
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Program Review
  • Safe Handling & Mobility
  • Skills Development
  • WHMIS & OH&S
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