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Caregivers help family or friends with challenges due to illness, disability or aging. As a society, we need caregivers. The population is aging, and people are living longer with illness and disability. As care needs grow, we rely on caregivers to fill in the gaps.
The Caregiver Worker Program prepares students to meet the needs of a loved one with an injury, illness or disability. Students will learn about the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of the injury, illness, developmental delay or disability. The program is designed to provide optimum care, to provide information on various resources, and to build confidence and self reliance of caregivers. Caregivers are also provided with strategies and suggestions for developing strong networks in the community and with other caregivers.
|Course Length||6 month|
|Hours||20 hrs/week x 24 weeks|
|Offered||Fall, Winter, and Spring|
|Tuition||(See breakdown below)|
|Home Student||CAD 6,000.00 / session|
|International Student||CAD 8,500.00 / session|
- Secondary school graduation or equivalent.
- Alberta Grade 12 English Language and Mathematics or
- Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score of 450 in each test;
- An equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course;
- Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements
- A student from non-English speaking countries should provide in addition to any or combination of the above, proof of IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
- Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of the full-time senior secondary study for at least one year.
- Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants.
- Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee will be charged.
A student from non-English speaking countries should provide in addition to any or combination of the above, proof of IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
Caregivers can be employed by private households, private care agencies, long term care facilities, not for profit charitable agencies, home care, within the community, and assisted living facilities and lodges. You may also be self-employed.
In Canada, The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents. You need to be offered a job in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots. The application process will be different depending on your situation and how much qualifying work experience you have.
|Title||Hours Per Week||Credits|
|Introduction to Health Care||4||3|
|Introduction to Caregiving||4||3|
|The Brain and the Mind||4||3|
|Perspectives on Health and Disability||4||3|
|The Human Body 1 & 2||4||3|
|Advance Theory for Professional Support Workers||4||3|
|*End of Life Cycle||4||3|
|*Child, Family and Community||4||3|
|*Introduction to Psychology||4||3|
|*Providing Person-Centered Care and Comfort||4||*Developmental Disabilities||4|
|*Caregivers of Older Adults||4||*Caregivers of Youth||4|
|*Caregivers of Brain Injury and Stroke||4||*Autism and Asperger Syndrome||4|
|*Physical Activity and Chronic Disability||4||*Children with Severe Disabilities||4|
*Student will choose to complete one compulsory elective plus additional three electives.