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Continuing Care

Continuing Care

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

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Start Date:
1 Year
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus (classes at Digby Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available
Shelburne Campus • Shelburne Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

As a Continuing Care Assistant, you provide respectful, empathic, ethical care and support to vulnerable citizens in your community. Learn how to provide direct client care with:

  • Home support agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Homes for the aged
  • Acute care facilities

Get the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this rewarding career. Your clients may include the elderly, disabled or convalescent persons and their families.

In addition to your class studies, you also complete placements in long-term care/home support environments.

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Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    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. "
  3. 3
    Cool Activity"Hands-on labs, especially home management."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • A clear Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required for admission to this program. A conviction will prohibit your admission to this program.
  • 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. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

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:
    • Client residences
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Home support agencies
    • 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.
  • Some placement agencies may require a Child Abuse Register check.
  • 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.
  • Work in the field is very demanding and your ability to practice effective self-care strategies is essential for your success.
  • 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).

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
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 1024   Professional Practice for Continuing Care
CONC 1033   Skills and Medications
CONC 1040   Skills Development 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
HCOM 1014   Communication for Health and Human Services
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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