Health Care Support

The Oulton College Health Care Support Diploma Program prepares you for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing area of long-term care in a community or hospital setting. As a well-trained support worker, you will be qualified to work in a variety of health care settings, such as long-term care facilities, palliative care centers, hospitals and clients homes. Graduates take on roles such as Health Care Aid, Attendant, Resident Assistant, Continuing Care Assistant, Personal Support Worker, and Home Support Worker.

Our program is committed to educating students who are caring, passionate and have a genuine interest in the healthcare and wellness of others. You will have the opportunity to train and practice skills learned in the classroom in our state-of-the-art lab with all the tools you need to make you the best you can be.

Our Health Care Support Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Front-Line Education (with certification from Cancer Care).
  • Dealing with patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia (with certification from the Alzheimer’s Society).
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention (with certification).
  • Medication Awareness: understanding the ramifications and effects.
  • First Aid and CPR (with certification).
  • Food Safety (with certification).
  • Holistic Care.

As part of your hands-on and classroom activities at the college, you will take part in a variety of placements: Long Term Care facility, Home Care, Acute Care, and a location of your choice. This course also includes several certifications that will add value to your education such as the NVCI certification. You will gain experience to put on your resume and connect with prospective employers.

If you are caring, compassionate and genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of others then our Health Care Support Program may be just the program for you.

Term: September - June


Clinical: 8 weeks

Our Health Care Support program is recognized by the New Brunswick Home Support Association.

Career Choices

Health Care Support is an integral part of any long-term care, community or hospital setting.
Our training gives you practiced skills and the ability to build strong patient relationships right away. You will be able to quickly step in and work in any clinical setting.

  • Health Care Aid
  • Attendant
  • Resident Assistant
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Personal Support Worker

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Mental Health
  • Human Diseases
  • Long Term Care
  • Acute Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Communications
  • Healthy Living and Nutrition

Course Descriptions

Preclinical Theory and Practice for Long Term Care and Community Practice

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for long term care and community practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students ‘development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Skills are practiced first on manikins and later on classmates in treatment simulation sessions. Topics such as WHMISS and infection control are addressed.

Communications I

This course emphasizes the importance of imparting or recording information in a clear, accurate and concise manner both orally and in writing. This course stresses professionally-oriented oral and written skills (memoranda, business letter and reports). Ethics and the roles of regulatory bodies in health care will be explored

Health Promotion I: Health, Living, and Nutrition

This theory course teaches the fundamentals of healthy living and the communication techniques to facilitate management of clients in the clinical setting and foster a client’s learning of self-care practices related to total patient health. Students’ progress with their knowledge of health as they discuss the physical, intellectual, and socio-economic factors which influence clients’ decisions and actions in maintaining their health and accessing health care. Emphasis is placed on individualizing self-care messages for clients across the lifespan. A component of this course will cover food handling and preparation.

Anatomy and Physiology/Human Diseases I

This theory course discusses human anatomy and physiology, connections between body systems and the terminology to support it.

Growth and Development

This theory discusses the principles of growth and development across the life cycle. Students will gain an understanding that a client needs change as the client progresses through this life cycle.

Clinical Practice-Long Term Care

Students will apply personal care skills in a long term care setting.

Clinical Practice-Community

Students will apply skills learned in the lab setting, in the community.

Preclinical Practice and Theory for Acute Care

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for acute care practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Such topics as hospital protocols, isolation techniques and sterilization processing will be discussed.

Palliative Care

Students will explore the concepts of palliation within the support workers scope of practice, examining topics such as client and family needs, spirituality, culture, loss, grief and caregiver support. Included in this course is Palliative Care for Front Line Workers certificate offered through Cancer Care NS.

Communications II

A continuation of HCSW 103, this course will prepare students with more advanced communications skills including multicultural considerations; ethics, stress management and practical knowledge for inter professional communication.

Theory of Health Care Support in Mental Health

Students will gain an understanding of the role of health care support teams to specific to the needs of patients and residents experiencing mental health illness. Diseases and disorders in mental health, including those found in aging population will be explored. Included will be Non-violent Crisis Intervention and Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementia’s Care Course.

Anatomy of Physiology/Human Disease II

This course will introduce human diseases and the fundamentals of homeostatic mechanisms. Mechanisms of disease how alterations affect healthy structure and function will be
illustrated through exploring common disease states.
Disease and illness will be discussed.

Disabilities across Life Span

This course will introduce developmental and intellectual disabilities across the human life span. Health Care Support Worker’s roles and responsibilities will be discussed; Adaptive clothing, adaptive devices and special needs will be explored.

Medication Awareness

Students will be introduced to their role in medication awareness across the continuum, of care. Common medication terminology, labels, Over-the-Counter and prescription medications will be discussed.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.
 

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED 
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology considered an asset
  • Grade 11 or 12 English considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Health Care Support

The Oulton College Health Care Support Diploma Program prepares you for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing area of long-term care in a community or hospital setting. As a well-trained support worker, you will be qualified to work in a variety of health care settings, such as long-term care facilities, palliative care centers, hospitals and clients homes. Graduates take on roles such as Health Care Aid, Attendant, Resident Assistant, Continuing Care Assistant, Personal Support Worker, and Home Support Worker.

Our program is committed to educating students who are caring, passionate and have a genuine interest in the healthcare and wellness of others. You will have the opportunity to train and practice skills learned in the classroom in our state-of-the-art lab with all the tools you need to make you the best you can be.

Our Health Care Support Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Front-Line Education (with certification from Cancer Care).
  • Dealing with patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia (with certification from the Alzheimer’s Society).
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention (with certification).
  • Medication Awareness: understanding the ramifications and effects.
  • First Aid and CPR (with certification).
  • Food Safety (with certification).
  • Holistic Care.

As part of your hands-on and classroom activities at the college, you will take part in a variety of placements: Long Term Care facility, Home Care, Acute Care, and a location of your choice. This course also includes several certifications that will add value to your education such as the NVCI certification. You will gain experience to put on your resume and connect with prospective employers.

If you are caring, compassionate and genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of others then our Health Care Support Program may be just the program for you.

Term: September - June


Clinical: 8 weeks

Our Health Care Support program is recognized by the New Brunswick Home Support Association.

Career Choices

Career Choices

Health Care Support is an integral part of any long-term care, community or hospital setting.
Our training gives you practiced skills and the ability to build strong patient relationships right away. You will be able to quickly step in and work in any clinical setting.

  • Health Care Aid
  • Attendant
  • Resident Assistant
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Personal Support Worker

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Mental Health
  • Human Diseases
  • Long Term Care
  • Acute Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Communications
  • Healthy Living and Nutrition

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Preclinical Theory and Practice for Long Term Care and Community Practice

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for long term care and community practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students ‘development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Skills are practiced first on manikins and later on classmates in treatment simulation sessions. Topics such as WHMISS and infection control are addressed.

Communications I

This course emphasizes the importance of imparting or recording information in a clear, accurate and concise manner both orally and in writing. This course stresses professionally-oriented oral and written skills (memoranda, business letter and reports). Ethics and the roles of regulatory bodies in health care will be explored

Health Promotion I: Health, Living, and Nutrition

This theory course teaches the fundamentals of healthy living and the communication techniques to facilitate management of clients in the clinical setting and foster a client’s learning of self-care practices related to total patient health. Students’ progress with their knowledge of health as they discuss the physical, intellectual, and socio-economic factors which influence clients’ decisions and actions in maintaining their health and accessing health care. Emphasis is placed on individualizing self-care messages for clients across the lifespan. A component of this course will cover food handling and preparation.

Anatomy and Physiology/Human Diseases I

This theory course discusses human anatomy and physiology, connections between body systems and the terminology to support it.

Growth and Development

This theory discusses the principles of growth and development across the life cycle. Students will gain an understanding that a client needs change as the client progresses through this life cycle.

Clinical Practice-Long Term Care

Students will apply personal care skills in a long term care setting.

Clinical Practice-Community

Students will apply skills learned in the lab setting, in the community.

Preclinical Practice and Theory for Acute Care

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for acute care practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Such topics as hospital protocols, isolation techniques and sterilization processing will be discussed.

Palliative Care

Students will explore the concepts of palliation within the support workers scope of practice, examining topics such as client and family needs, spirituality, culture, loss, grief and caregiver support. Included in this course is Palliative Care for Front Line Workers certificate offered through Cancer Care NS.

Communications II

A continuation of HCSW 103, this course will prepare students with more advanced communications skills including multicultural considerations; ethics, stress management and practical knowledge for inter professional communication.

Theory of Health Care Support in Mental Health

Students will gain an understanding of the role of health care support teams to specific to the needs of patients and residents experiencing mental health illness. Diseases and disorders in mental health, including those found in aging population will be explored. Included will be Non-violent Crisis Intervention and Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementia’s Care Course.

Anatomy of Physiology/Human Disease II

This course will introduce human diseases and the fundamentals of homeostatic mechanisms. Mechanisms of disease how alterations affect healthy structure and function will be
illustrated through exploring common disease states.
Disease and illness will be discussed.

Disabilities across Life Span

This course will introduce developmental and intellectual disabilities across the human life span. Health Care Support Worker’s roles and responsibilities will be discussed; Adaptive clothing, adaptive devices and special needs will be explored.

Medication Awareness

Students will be introduced to their role in medication awareness across the continuum, of care. Common medication terminology, labels, Over-the-Counter and prescription medications will be discussed.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.
 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED 
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology considered an asset
  • Grade 11 or 12 English considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

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