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You can complete your CCA course right on site at CBBC Career College in Dartmouth and Sydney where you will gain hands-on experience and practicum experience.


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The CCA program consists of approximately 20 weeks of in-class instruction and 10 weeks of practicum placements. Students will be trained to provide direct client care in-home support agencies, nursing homes, and homes for the aged. Individuals will learn to provide care to meet the various needs of the elderly, disabled, and convalescents. Clinical Placements and Work Experience practicum in both long-term care and home-support agencies must be successfully completed in order to graduate. 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 practicums. Shift work is an integral part of this occupation. Furthermore, physical demands include moving, lifting, and continued standing. Included in a student’s book fees is a charge of $150. This fee is for individuals who successfully complete all components of the program who will be eligible to write the provincial exam. The Nova Scotia Continuing Care Advisory Committee administers this provincial exam.

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All of our programs are currently being delivered in a virtual classroom environment.

During this time of social distancing, we are available to help you with your career goals. You don’t need to worry about how you are going to plan your education future. We are conducting all of our Admissions Meetings and School Information Sessions over the phone to help you start your career training this year!

Programs are either delivered 100% online or a combination of online and on-campus lab time. Once it is deemed safe to do so, we will be returning to on-campus, in-class learning.

Total program length: 30 weeks

admission requirements

Standard Admissions Policy:

  • Grade 12
  • Admissions Interview

Alternate Admissions Policy:

  • Achieve a level 12 on Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)
  • Admissions Interview

In addition to the above, applicants must also provide:

  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Health Waiver
  • Have transportation acceptable to placement site


Program Outline

  • Introduction to the CCA Program and the Health Care Sector (Module 1: 5 Hours)
  • CCA Professional Development (Module 2: 20 Hours)
  • Communication in the Care Setting (Module 3: 35 Hours)
  • Documentation and Technology in the Care Setting (Module 4: 15 Hours)
  • Environmental Safety (Module 5: 20 Hours)
  • Body Mechanics (Module 6: 8 Class + 16 Lab Hours)
  • Care Setting Management (Module 7: 9 Class + 7 Lab Hours)
  • Growth & Development (Module 8: 15 Hours)
  • Body Structure, Function & Related Health Issues (Module 9: 73 Hours)
  • Personal Care (Module 10: 22 Classes & 92 Lab Hours)
  • Nutrition and Meal Preparation (Module 11: 13 Class & 25 Lab Hours)
  • Mental Health & Social Issues (Module 12: 45 Hours)
  • Medication (Module 13: 18 Class & 6 Lab Hours
  • Certificates: Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia, First Aid/ CPR, Foodhandlers, Palliative Care, WHMIS, OH&S
CBBC is the best decision that you can make for yourself. The education, the hands-on experience, and the amazing instructors make the time fly by. You learn skills that translate into real job experience. If you are looking to go to college, choose them! Once you become a part of the CBBC family, your dreams become realities! Stephanie Melski Medical Office Assistant / Cape Breton Regional Hospital

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