Continuing Care

Become a competent and compassionate care worker, enhancing the lives of the individuals and communities you serve.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2016 Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Burridge Campus (classes at Digby Learning Centre) • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus (classes in Dykeland Lodge) • Cancelled New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Shelburne Campus • Shelburne • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Truro Campus • Truro • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Are you a compassionate individual who cares about the well-being of others? Are you able to be flexible and adapt to varying work schedules? As a Continuing Care Assistant, you provide respectful, empathic, ethical care and support to vulnerable citizens in your community. This program provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this rewarding career.

You're prepared to provide direct client care with home support agencies, nursing homes, homes for the aged, and acute care facilities. Your clients may include: the elderly, disabled, or convalescent persons and their families. In addition to your class studies, you also complete work terms in long-term care, acute care facilities, and home support environments.

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Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"It’s a great program. They prepare you very well and the instructors are awesome. "
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    Favourite"Meeting new people and caring for clients who truly appreciate you. "
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    Cool Activity"Hands-on labs, especially home management."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • A Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required for admission to this program. A conviction or finding will prohibit your admission to this program. Admissions will contact you when it is time to submit your current, official checks.
  • If you don't have a high school diploma or equivalent, are at least 21 years old and have been out of high school for a year or more, you may qualify as a Mature Applicant (see Admissions page, Additional Assessment section for more information).

Program Requirements

  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (PDF 68KB).

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from our hands-on approach to learning.
  • You learn the latest practices and standards of care. NSCC works in partnership with healthcare stakeholders and the provincial government in implementing the provincial curriculum standards for continuing care assistant education throughout all of Nova Scotia.

Employment Opportunities

  • The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness requires all workers entering this field, in defined care settings, to have a Continuing Care Assistant certificate.
  • Graduates provide direct supportive care to individuals challenged by disability or illness, across the lifespan.
  • Graduates work in a variety of private or clinical settings, which may include the client's residence, long-term care facilities, home support agencies, and acute care facilities.

Other Info

  • Clinical Placements and Work Experience Mentorship in both long-term care and home support agencies must be successfully completed in order to graduate.
  • Placement agencies may require an interview before accepting students for clinical experience.
  • Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical placements and to the work experience mentorship.
  • Due to confidentiality issues, students are unable to have others drive them to their home care placements.
  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation and clinical placements and mentorships may be scheduled during any time segment of the day and week.
  • Physical demands include moving and lifting others as well as spending long periods of time on your feet.
  • Problem-solving skills are necessary to respond to stressful situations.
  • Students who successfully complete all components of the Continuing Care program are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, which is administered by the Nova Scotia Continuing Care Assistant Program Advisory Committee.
  • Students are required to complete the program and write the certification exam within two years of their program start date, which is registered with the Continuing Care Assistant Program Advisory Committee (CCAPAC).
  • The pass mark for this program is 70 per cent.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
COMP 1217   Computer Applications I
CONC 1001   Personal and Professional Development
CONC 1002   Body Mechanics and Activity
CONC 1003   Personal Care
CONC 1004   Care Setting Management
CONC 1005   Nutrition and Meal Preparation
CONC 1009   Palliative Care Front-Line Education (PCFLE)
CONC 1016   Body Structures and Functions and Related Health Issues
CONC 1033   Skills and Medication
CONC 1040   Long Term Care Clinical
CONC 1070   Clinical (Home Support) I
CONC 1200   Dementia: Understanding the Journey
CONC 2077   Clinical (Home Support) II
CONC 2200   Open Mentorship
CONC 2555   Long Term Care Mentorship
CRIS 1022   Introduction to Crisis, Mental Health and Social Issues
GDEV 1001   Human Life Cycle
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Basic Food Safety Training
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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    Application Process

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