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Career Opportunities

Find a HCA career in the following fields and locations:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Facility Hospices
  • Private Home Care
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Community Clinics

Potential Salary

$41,433-$50,356 *
$21/Hour Median.

Based on experience and employer.

*2021 data from www.jobbank.gc.ca

Video Testimonials

Hear about the experiences that recent ABES Health Care Aide graduates had before, during, and after the program.
The ABES College HCA Program helped Herbie achieve a career goal and gain better quality of life.
Manju, a Health Care Aide Grad, Discusses her experience before, during, and after ABES

What do HCAs do?

A Health Care Aide provides direct care to patients who are ill, elderly or disabled.

Health Care Aides work in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and hospices
As a HCA, your day-to-day could include:
  • Assisting patients with activities such as bathing, grooming, and dressing
  • Helping patients with feeding or exercise
  • Assisting with simple wound care, respiratory equipment use or urinary care
  • Reporting on patient condition to Nurses or other staff
With current and projected future shortages of Health Care Aide workers in Alberta, your skills will be in high demand anywhere you would like to work.
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Get On-The-Job Health Care Aide Experience

ABES offers a 320 hours practicum placement with a qualified Alberta health care employer.

Many Health Care Aide graduates secure their first career position because of the experience gained during their practicum. In fact, ABES Grads often receive multiple job offers when they complete their certificate!

As a key part of your Health Care Aide course, your practicum gives you the real-world experience that employers seek, and allows you to network with peers and potential employers while building important skills. We help our students find relevant practicums with our industry partners in Calgary and other cities in Alberta to ensure the best experience possible. Not only is HCA a great medical course to consider, but one where you are guaranteed to gain key work experience outside of the classroom.

Campus Experience

The ABES College campus is conveniently located in the SE, off of Deerfoot Trail and Memorial Drive, near Calgary’s inner city.

During your Health Care Aide course, you’ll visit campus regularly for instruction and hands-on training as your work towards earning your certification. 

When you attend the HCA program at the ABES Campus, you form strong relationships with your instructors and fellow students. As you work towards a practicum placement and future employment as a certified Health Care Aide, these relationships will help get you in contact with the best health care employers in Alberta, not to mention that you might make a life long friend that works in the medical industry as you!

Our campus is friendly, clean, and inclusive. Being comfortable in your surroundings is key to your overall course experience and learning, and we do all that we can to make sure you feel welcome and safe when you’re here. 

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Start your Application Now

Fill out the form below and one of our Admissions Advisors will contact you to begin your application for the Health Care Aide program, and answer any questions you have.

Please fill in required fields *

What Our Students Have to Say

I really appreciate the teaching methods, practice and theory.

I really appreciate the teaching methods, practice and theory. I found it interesting to follow the course material. I encourage others to enroll to this school. I finally give my appreciation to all staff and teachers and instructors. Thank you ABES.

ABES HCA Graduate

Wonderful teachers and everyone is helpful.

All I can say is that I’m grateful that I’m a student here at ABES. Wonderful teachers and everyone is helpful.

ABES HCA Graduate


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Video Testimonials

Hear about the experiences that recent ABES Health Care Aide graduates had before, during, and after the program.
The ABES College HCA Program helped Herbie achieve a career goal and gain better quality of life.
Manju, a Health Care Aide Grad, Discusses her experience before, during, and after ABES

What is the Job Outlook for Health Care Aides in Calgary?

Great news for Health Care Aides: There are plenty of opportunities for steady, high-paying positions available both now and in the future.
Health care workers in Alberta have less unemployment and higher wages than average. And according to a report released by the Government of Alberta, by 2025 there will be a shortage of over 5,300 Health Care Aides needed—making this a fast-growing and in-demand career.

In other words, if you’ve been searching for a career that will allow you to give your family a higher quality of life…or if you’re just ready to finally earn the kind of salary you deserve…becoming a Health Care Aide is a fantastic way to earn more money while making the world a better place.

Can I Qualify for Financial Aid?

Yes! More than 95% of applicants qualify for financial aid.

Many applicants—such as those with children, those who didn’t work last year, and those who recently arrived in Canada—will qualify for free grants automatically, and even those with a high income will usually qualify for some aid.

In short: if you’re worried about the cost of the program, schedule a time to chat with an Admissions Advisor. They can help give you a better idea of how much financial aid you will qualify for.

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