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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:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on 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


As a Continuing Care Assistant, you provide respectful, empathic, ethical and direct supportive care to people challenged by disability or illness across the life span.

Your clients may include elderly people, disabled people, those recovering from illness and their families.

Get the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this rewarding career.

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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, fees and program costs

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 tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Clinical placement

  • In addition to your class studies, you will complete placements in long-term care/home support environments.
  • Clinical placements can include weekday, evening, weekend and/or holiday shifts. Shifts range from 6-12 hours and start times vary, with some beginning at 7am and 11pm.
  • Clinical 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 a work environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to clinical placements are your responsibility.
  • Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

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

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.
  • 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).

Other info

  • 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.
  • Work in the field is demanding and your ability to practice effective self-care strategies is essential for your success.
  • Graduates are required to complete the program and write the certification exam within two years of their program start date, which is registered with 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

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