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Health Aide


This course is designed to prepare learners for employment as Health Aides, or Orderlies in various settings in the health care delivery system. The course comprises of two components: a Health Science core, which introduces fundamental concepts, principles and competencies for Health Aides and the Technical and Clinical/practical competencies taught in the clinical laboratory and in various health care settings. During the clinical /practical experiences learners are afforded opportunities to provide basic patient care and other attending skills required across the health care system i.e. the community setting and in both general and specialty hospitals or other long term care institutions.

Core Health Science competencies required of the course includes but are not limited to understanding the health care system, medical terminology, ethical and legal roles and responsibilities, human needs, effective interpersonal skills, basic structure and function of the human body, basic human growth and development, nutrition, basic elder care, mental health, occupational health and safety and employability skills including networking and team building. The clinical or practical experiences component of this course is designed to provide learners with simulated laboratory and actual clinical experiences that would provide them with opportunities to develop fluency in technical and interpersonal competencies as well as caring and attending skills.


Programme Summary

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Introduction to the Health Care delivery System

This module introduces learners to the healthcare system. It provides a historical background as well as information regarding healthcare delivery in recent times and significant discoveries. Information regarding the ethical and legal responsibility of healthcare providers are presented along with future trends. Desired characteristics and behaviour of healthcare providers will also be addressed.

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Interpersonal Communication and Documentation

Module two allows the learner an opportunity to learn the concept of professionalism and the importance of the communication process to healthcare delivery. The concept of documentation is presented along with basic guidelines. Electronic health record is discussed and learners are introduced to the use of computers in healthcare. Learners are introduced to medical terminology.

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Basic Structure and Function of The Human Body

This module provides learners with a summary of the functions of the human body. The basic building block of the human body is explained and a linkage of the various systems is presented. Information on genetics is also presented.

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Basic Human growth and Development

Information about human growth and development from conception to death is presented in this module. Learners will be exposed to body system and role changes among the elderly. End of life issues will also be addressed.

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Basic Biological, psychological and Social Needs of Patients

This module introduces learners to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and its influence on prioritizing of care needs. Definitions of health and wellness will be shared as well as the impact of nutrition and activity/exercise on health

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Basic Principles of Mental Health

Module six presents mental health as an important aspect of healthcare. Definition of and types/classification of mental illness will be presented as well as techniques for treatment.

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Introductory Principles of Patient and Employee Health and Safety

  • Online
  • Credits: 4
  • This module presents information on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Learners will be presented with healthcare related hazards and safety and protective measures to be employed by healthcare workers. Safety of patients will also be discussed along with concepts of disaster and first aid.

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    Medical Mathematics, Measurements and The Scientific Process

    Module eight prepares the learner to assist clients with medication compliance at home. Opportunity is provided for a review of basic mathematics and the metric system. Learners are exposed to conversion between systems of measurement, the military clock, the scientific process and interpretation of simple data sets.

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    Employability Skills, Networking and Team Building

    Module ten exposes the learner to the soft skills required in the world of work. Information on concepts of job application writing, job interview guidelines, resume construction, working as a team member and developing work relationships will be addressed.

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    Clinical Skills

    Module ten takes learners to the simulation lab and allows for acquisition of basic skills in meeting hygiene, safety, elimination and nutrition needs. Simple care of wounds and injuries and documentation of care.

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    Clinical Practicum

    Module eleven takes learners to the clinical environment and allows for enhancing of basic skills in meeting hygiene, safety, elimination and nutrition needs. Simple care of wounds and injuries and documentation of care.