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Personal Care Attendant

Program Length: 26 Weeks

Program Overview

The Personal Care Attendant Educational Program (2018) was developed to provide students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that can be applied in the practice setting. The educational curriculum is structured around four domains which include: safety; knowledge and skills development; communication and documentation; and professionalism. Course content is grounded in these four domains and is reflective of core competencies outlined in the Canadian Educational Standards for Personal Care Providers (2012).

The purpose of the Personal Care Attendant Educational Program is to prepare graduates who have the knowledge and skills required to meet the necessary guidelines for prospective employment in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Program Courses

Foundations of Practice 32 hours
Essentials for Communication and Documentation 32
Workplace Safety 24
Understanding Aging, Delirium, and Dementia 24
End of Life Care 24
Fundamentals I: Care Basics 68
Fundamentals I: Skills Labs 36
Basic Concepts for Medication Awareness 16
Personal and Career Development Seminars 8
Mental Health Concepts 20
Fundamentals II: Body Systems Approach to Care 64
Fundamentals II: Skills Labs 12
Clinical Practice I (4 weeks) 140
Clinical Practice II (5 weeks) 175
Clinical Preceptorship (3 weeks) 105

Total Program Length – 26 weeks


Graduates of the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program will be eligible for employment as PCA’s in all facilities operated by the four Regional Health Authorities in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Graduates will also be qualified for PCA positions in privately owned/operated health care facilities.


Grade 12, Adult High School Diploma, or High School Equivalency (GED);
Mature applicants with a minimum of Grade 10 may be considered for this program and must pass a high school equivalency test;
Clear Conduct Certificate;
A Vulnerable Sector search is required;
Mentally and physically able to complete requirements for the job;
Provide their own 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.
Provide two reference letters supporting entrance into the program
20 volunteer service hours within the past two years
Provide a one page written personal statement

NOC CODE: 4412, 3413

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