- High School Diploma with 60% in English 20-21
- Math 10-3 is strongly recommended
- If you didn’t graduate from an Alberta high school, please refer to the English and math provincial subject equivalencies.
- If you don’t meet the admission requirements, please refer to admissions screening and testing.
- If you weren't educated in Canada, you must complete entrance testing to meet academic requirements.
- In addition to the academic English requirement, all applicants, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must show English Language Proficiency (ELP). Please refer to the drop down below for more details.
||English Language Proficiency (ELP)
|Eligibility for the Health Care Aide program requires you meet both the academic English requirement, as well as English Language Proficiency.
You can meet English Language Proficiency in one of the following ways:
- By completing high school in Canada. If you did, it must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least 3 consecutive years of full-time academic study.
- By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least 2 full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.
- By completing an Alberta Health approved English Language Proficiency test and achieve the required results. The accepted tests are listed below:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 on each band score on the Academic test.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT): minimum score of 71 on the internet-based test (iBT).
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General: minimum score of 7, with no section score below 6.
- Canadian Language Benchmarks/Milestones Test: minimum score of 7 in each strand, not an average of 7.
- Official results must be submitted directly to Lakeland College.
- Results must be within two years of your program's start date.
- IELTS Academic and TOEFL results are valid for two years from the day of testing. Results that expire before your program's start date don't be accepted.
||Program Specific Requirements
Program Specific Requirements
We strongly encourage you to have and provide confirmation of the following immunizations:
- Standard First Aid, CPR-C
- WHMIS certificate
- Clear Criminal Record Check including the Vulnerable Sector Check submitted no earlier than three months before the program starts.
- Digital literacy - to be successful in this program you must have knowledge of computer/technology tools:
- know how to use computer software and programs for example how to surf the web and send/receiveemail
- be able to communicate, research and understand information
- be able to critically evaluate and understand how technology can affect one’s behavior
- be able to create, produce content and effectively communicate using email, media, internet
- Measles/MMR--2 doses regardless of when you were born. You must provide evidence of this immunization. In addition, we strongly recommend a number of other immunizations.They are listed below as well as on our record of immunization form (PDF). You must send your immunization record to our health services department. Instructions are included on the form.
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis- dates of primary series and one dose over the age of 18, regardless of past immunization history
- Varicella--History of chicken pox disease. If no history, then a positive varicella titre
- Rubella--Date of Rubella vaccine or positive Rubella Titre
- Tuberculin Test--Annual One or Two step skin testing, unless known positive. Also known as Mantoux.
- Hepatitis B: Series of three doses must be started before registration
- Hepatitis B Titre: Done 1-6 months after the third dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine
- Polio--Dates of Primary Series
- Flu vaccine
||Practicum /Field Placement Requirements
Practicum /Field Placement Requirements
You gain hands-on experience in a work setting through clinical placement. You’ll apply theory and skills you learned in the classroom and labs.
The updated program has 3 clinical placements. In total you’ll spend 320 hours in:
- continuing care
- acute care
- community/home care
There are now 2 requirements to graduate with a health care aide certificate:
- minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7
- successful completion of the provincial comprehensive final exam