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What will I learn?

Demand for health-care workers is high, and that includes demand for continuing care assistants. If you enjoy caring for others, and if you want to get into the workforce quickly, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Continuing Care Assistant program might be just what you’re looking for.

As a continuing care assistant, you’ll work directly with clients in long-term care, home care, assisted living, some areas in acute care, and even special needs classrooms. You’ll help them with mobility, personal care, assisting them to eat their meals, and medication monitoring. It’s a face-to-face, people-focused job.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Continuing Care Assistant program is a one-year certificate program that you can take in Saskatoon, Regina or Prince Albert. You can also take it through your local regional college or through part-time distance flexible learning through the School of Continuing Education.

The program combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

addressing individual psychosocial needs;
administering personal care;
dementia management strategies;
gerontology (a major area of study);
long-term care philosophy in different settings;
promoting independence in a safe environment;
working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments; and/or
working with people of different cultures.

Your clinical work experiences will give you a taste of different work settings. Under the supervision of a buddy or staff member, you’ll work directly with clients in home care, long-term care and acute care settings. It’s a great way to build your skills and your confidence.

Is it a fit?

Continuing care assistants have been called “the eyes and ears of the frail and vulnerable.” You need to be a caring, patient person, with an upbeat attitude and good people skills. Your most important asset is simply a desire to improve quality of life for others.

Your Career

Continuing Care Assistant graduates enjoy high employment rates. You could work in a home care setting, long-term care facility, private care home, acute care facility, integrated facility, supportive housing or special needs classroom. You’ll work as part of a health-care team under the supervision of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses or licensed practical nurses.

Look for job postings in Saskatchewan’s 12 regional health authorities or the Athabasca Health Authority.

Which department am I in?

Saskatoon Campus

Study options

Full Time (32 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,800.00 (US$ 12,368) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2023

Start date

28 August 2023

Venue

Saskatoon Campus

Saskatoon Campus,

1130 Idylwyld Drive North,

Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan (SK),

S7K 3R5, Canada

Full Time (32 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,800.00 (US$ 12,368) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2023

Start date

28 August 2023

Venue

Regina Campus

Saskatchewan Polytechnic,

4500 Wascana Pky,

Regina,

Saskatchewan (SK),

S4P 3A3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grade 12; Minimum overall average of 65%

For international students

Grade 12 or successful completion of fifteen (15) post-secondary credits from a recognized institution

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Module: Overall minimum score of Band 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - An overall minimum score of 81 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), with a minimum score of 19 in each of reading, listening, speaking and writing..

TOEFL - Paper-based: Minimum test score of 550 with a minimum TWE of 3.5 and a minimum TSE of 50.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): Minimum score of 4.5 in each of listening and reading, a minimum score of 4.0 in speaking, and a minimum score of 4.0 in writing

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL CE and Online): Minimum score of 60 with a minimum score of 50 in each component. (CE and Online accepted).

University of Cambridge Assessment English C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: Minimum grade of C1

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) - A minimum score of 63 with minimum component scores of 50.

Duolingo English Test: A minimum overall score of 105 on the online Duolingo English Test as the equivalent to the minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5

International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2: Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, including higher level English with a minimum grade of 4

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About Saskatchewan Polytechnic

International students from all over the globe study at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, either on campus or online.

  • Located in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • Over CAD 2 million in scholarships available each year
  • 94% overall graduate employment rate
  • Offering undergrad, postgrad certificates, diplomas & degrees

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