Obtain a college certificate and enter the job market after one year of studies!

The Continuing Care Assistant program offers quality training and meets all provincial criteria for the provision of long-term care in residential homes, long-term care facilities, and palliative care centres.

This program is consistent with the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations (NSAHO) Continuing Care Assistant Program (CCA), and trains students to provide short-term and long-term support. Students will learn how to assist people improve their quality of life and to enable them to live as autonomously as possible within their community.

The program focuses on care for the elderly, the disabled, and convalescents. Students will learn how to ensure the individual is in a safe home environment, to plan balanced meals, and to implement personal hygiene procedures. Additionally, students will learn how to assist the patient's family. Basic principles in gerontology, communication, and housekeeping are also part of this one-year program.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to work as private care attendants in residential centers, acute care centers, residential homes, home care agencies, and community organizations throughout Nova Scotia.

After completion of the certificate program and a portfolio, the student will be eligible to take the CCAPAC Provincial Exam. This certification will allow the student to use the title of CCA (Continuing Care Assistant).

Continuing Care Assistant (CCA)

At a glance

Certificate Continuing Care Assistant
Length 1 year
(September to May)
Arrival September
(no arrival in January)
Campus Pointe-de-l'Église, Halifax
Monique, graduate, Continuing Care Assistant

is a Continuing care assistant

"It's really important for me to continue my studies in French because I live in an Acadian community. I'm proud to be Acadian and I'm really happy that the university offers French programs, because I want to be able to provide care and services in both French and English."

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