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Continuing Care

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

Three Continuing Care Assistant students practise hands-on learning in a clinical setting.
Start Date:
January & September
Typical Length:
1 Year (Varies for part-time studies)
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

Get the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the field of Continuing Care. As a Continuing Care Assistant, you enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages with a short or long-term illness through the provision of personal care and support services.

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Work experience

  • In addition to your class studies, you complete work experience placements in long-term care/home support and/or acute care environments.
  • Placements can include weekday, evening, weekend and/or holiday shifts. Shifts range from 6-12 hours and start times vary, with some beginning at 7 am and 11 pm.
  • Placements are mandatory credit courses offered throughout the duration of your program. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of working in a team environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to placements are your responsibility.
    • Students are required to provide their own transportation to placements. Public transportation will not provide you with full access to your scheduled placements.
    • Due to confidentiality issues, students are unable to have others drive them to their home care placements.
  • Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study at Kingstec Campus and Truro Campus beginning January 2021. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online).
    • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
    • The time to complete the program through part-time study is 18 months.

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.

Other info

  • All placements must be successfully completed in order to graduate.
  • Placement agencies may require an interview before accepting students for work experience.
  • Work in this field is demanding and your ability to practice effective self-care strategies is essential for your success.
  • 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. 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 (CCAPAC).

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

January 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Kingstec Campus/Online Kentville Part time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled) and on-campus learning.
Seats available
Truro Campus/Online Truro Part time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled) and on-campus learning.
Seats available

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
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 Waitlist
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

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A clear Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required for 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

  • A current, official Child Abuse Register search is required by some work placement partners. A finding in Family Court may impact your ability to obtain work placements, which will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and 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.
  • Inability to complete clinical placements and mentorships will impact your ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

Students enrolled in the cohort-based, part-time study option starting in January 2021 at Kingstec or Truro campuses will be assessed a per-term tuition fee.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Funding available for tuition and program costs The province of Nova Scotia is awarding bursaries for students enrolled in the Continuing Care program. Preference will be given to students self-identifying in an underrepresented group. View bursary details

Career options

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

Future study options

  • Graduates can go on to complete the Practical Nursing program to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

CONC 1002 - Body Mechanics and Activity
This course will provide the learner with a basic knowledge of the principles of body mechanics as well as the positioning, transferring and mobility of individuals. This knowledge will be applied during the performance of all personal care and care setting management activities in the classroom, lab and clinical settings. Learners will demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting.

CONC 1003 - Personal Care
In this course the learners will attain principles pertaining to personal care. The learners learn, practice and demonstrate the practical skills necessary to safely and effectively provide personal care to the individual. Learners will demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting.

CONC 1004 - Care Setting Management
This course prepares the CCA to perform care setting management tasks across a variety of care settings. Learners will develop skills to ensure the safety and security of the person as well as be prepared to organize and complete care setting management tasks according to the scope of employment. They will also learn how to set priorities and develop time management skills.

CONC 1005 - Nutrition and Meal Preparation
This course introduces the learner to the principles of nutrition with a focus on meeting the individual dietary needs of persons of all ages. It prepares the CCA to plan meals, including developing grocery lists, preparing and serving meals specific to individual needs.

CONC 1011 - Personal and Professional Development
This course prepares the learner to become a contributing member of the health care team. The CCA must demonstrate professional behaviour which reflects an understanding of personal values and beliefs, as well as ethical and legal implications of care. Knowledge and understanding of the roles of various members of the health care team enables the CCA to develop both personally and professionally. The learner will also explore how lifestyle choices and personal health practices contribute to the personal and professional development of the CCA.

CONC 1012 - Communications for the Continuing Care Assistant
This course provides the learner with an introduction to basic communication skills required by workplaces within the continuing care sector. The learner is introduced to concepts in interpersonal communication, written communication and documentation, and basic computer applications used in today’s workplace. The learner will also explore effective job search techniques.

CONC 1013 - Professional Practice for Continuing Care
This course further investigates professional conduct that is required in the workplace while demonstrating effective communication and conflict management strategies. Learners also explore strategies for building resilience while working in the health sector. Learners will also apply effective job search techniques.

CONC 1016 - Body Structures and Functions and Related Health Issues
This course will enable the learner to acquire a basic knowledge of the body’s normal structure and function. It introduces common health issues of each body system and the implications for care.

CONC 1019 - Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care
The course is designed to prepare individuals to support persons who are in the final stages of the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed on the care and support of the person and family during the grieving and dying stage, including care required in the after death period. The outcomes of this course will be met through the delivery of the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative care course developed by Pallium Canada. The student must attend all sessions of the course to meet the requirements.

CONC 1033 - Skills and Medications
Learners will be introduced to basic pharmacological concepts specific to their role as a CCA. They will develop an awareness of common medications used across care settings and will receive specific education in the application of some medicated creams, ointments and drops. As well, they will continue to develop skills related to the role of a CCA.

CONC 1040 - Skills Development Long-term Care Clinical
The Skills Development Long-term Care Clinical placement provides the learner with an introduction to the long-term care setting. The learner will demonstrate safe practice as a CCA in caring for persons with a variety of needs related to aging and/or health issues. The learner will be placed in a Level II nursing home under the direct supervision of an instructor. Completion of 110 hours of skills development is mandatory.

CONC 1070 - Clinical (Home Support) I
The Clinical Home Support I placement provides the learner with an introduction to the home support setting. The learner will demonstrate safe practice as a CCA in caring for individuals, with a variety of needs, at any stage of the life cycle. The learner will work in partnership with a mentor. By completion of the program, the learner will have completed a total of 80 hours in home support placement (Clinical Home Support I and II).

CONC 1200 - Dementia: Understanding the Journey
This course prepares the student to work with persons experiencing Alzheimer Disease or other dementias in facility and/or community settings. The student will develop an understanding of dementia and the impact on both the individual and families. Strategies based on the philosophy of providing person-centred care to persons as well as support to family caregivers will be explored. The course will be delivered through completion of the provincial standard Dementia: Understanding the Journey Course. The student must attend all sessions and complete the final project of the course to meet the requirements.

CONC 2077 - Clinical (Home Support) II
The Clinical (Home Support) II placement provides the learner with the opportunity to consolidate his/her learning in the home support setting. The learner will demonstrate safe practice as a CCA in caring for individuals, with a variety of needs, at any stage of the life cycle. The learner will work in partnership with a mentor. By completion of the program, the learner will have completed a total of 80 hours in home support placement (Clinical (Home Support) I and II).

CONC 2200 - Open Mentorship
Open Mentorship provides learners with the opportunity to consolidate their learning in partnership with a mentor. This mentorship may occur in one or more placement sites including acute care facilities, home care agencies, nursing homes/homes for the aged and other approved care settings. Completion of 60 hours of open mentorship is mandatory.

CONC 2555 - Long-term Care Mentorship
The Long-term Care Mentorship placement provides the learner with the opportunity to consolidate his/her learning in the long-term care setting. The learner will demonstrate safe practice as a CCA in caring for individuals with a variety of health care needs. The learner will be placed in a Level II nursing home/home for the aged in partnership with a mentor. Completion of 80 hours of Long-term Care Mentorship is mandatory.

CRIS 1022 - Introduction to Crisis, Mental Health and Social Issues
This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to explore various types of mental health issues, abuse, crisis, and related challenging behaviours. The course is designed to allow the learner to explore the role and responsibilities of caregivers as they support individuals and families experiencing these alterations in mental health and social well-being.

GDEV 1001 - Human Life Cycle
Learners will be introduced to principles of growth and development which are the foundation for appropriate individual care. This course identifies the physiological, psychological and sociological needs to be met as individuals progress through the stages of the life cycle.

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