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Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant

Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Program in St. John’s


As the Newfoundland/Labrador and Canadian population ages, the need for personal care workers is increasing at an incredible rate. A career in personal care will prepare you to provide support to a wide range of clients and families that need assistance.  This might include people who are elderly, disabled, or recovering from a serious illness or injury. Your job will be to assist individuals with their daily routines, including preparing meals and feeding, maintaining personal needs, running errands, monitoring medication and recovery, and informal counselling support. Studying to become a Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant at Eastern Academy will quickly provide you with the skills required to meet the standards expected by employers. Our St. John’s-based Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Program involves:

  • 10-Week Practicum
  • First Aid/CPR Level C Training
  • National Food Safety Training Program
  • Program Length: 30 Weeks

Courses Included:

  • Introduction to the HSW/PCA Program: 6 hours
  • Introduction to the Health Care Sector: 6
  • Personal and Professional Development: 44
  • Communication and Documentation: 35
  • Environmental Safety: 24
  • Safe Client/Resident Handling and Movement: 31
  • Household Management: 15
  • Growth and Development: 23
  • Body Structure, Function and Related Health Issues: 70
  • Personal Care: 110
  • Nutrition and Meal Preparation: 37
  • Mental Health and Social Issues: 40
  • Medication Awareness: 15
  • Palliative and End of Life Care: 30
  • Care of Client/Resident with Alzheimer Disease or Dementia: 30
  • Software Lab: Computer Fundamentals: 40
  • HCP Standard First Aid/CPR Level C: 16
  • Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, National Food Safety Training Program: 8
  • Practicums: 10 Weeks
  • TOTAL HOURS: 930


The Eastern Academy Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Program in St. John’s qualifies graduates to pursue positions in Home Care Agencies, Nursing Homes, Private Residences, and Hospitals. Home Support Workers and Personal Care Attendants are in very high demand. The increasing demand for compassionate long-term assistance from the elderly and disabled will make a career in home support/personal care very rewarding and fulfilling. Please visit EasternHealth.ca to see some of the current job postings for healthcare professionals within Newfoundland and Labrador.


  • Grade 12, Adult High School Diploma, or
  • High School Equivalency (GED)
  • Mature applicants with a minimum of Grade 10 may be considered for admission after completing a high school equivalency test
  • Conduct Certificate
  • Vulnerable Sector search
  • Applicants must be mentally and physically prepared to complete the requirements of this career
  • Access to transportation that is acceptable to their clinical agency
  • Complete a standardized health form and proof of immunization
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English at a minimum of Level 8

NOC CODE: 4412, 3413

Salary information may be found at www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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