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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 returning to in-class learning.

CBBC Career College has recently received notice from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Private Career Colleges Division, all programs currently running remotely are to return to in-person classes effective September 7, 2021.

If anything changes in this regard, we will keep you informed. For programs with a start date of September 7th or later, your start date remains the same as stated on your acceptance letter; classes will be held in person at the campus.

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
This program prepared me and gave me the confidence to enter the real business world. The close knit atmosphere CBBC has, made me very comfortable. Each and every staff member at CBBC was extraordinarily helpful on my journey in obtaining a full-time Administrative Assistant position in Cape Breton. Courtney MacPhail Administrative Assistant / Offshore Technical Services

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