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Continuing Care Assistant

Longer life expectancies, a growing population of senior citizens, more focus on outpatient treatment – these are some of the reasons for the increasing demand for continuing care assistants. The Continuing Care Assistant program provides the knowledge and skills you need to move into this rewarding field. It is a one-year certificate program that combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. Practicums provide direct experience in home care, long-term care, special care and acute care settings.

You will build knowledge and skills related to application of long-term care philosophy in different settings, addressing individual psychosocial needs, dementia management strategies, gerontology (a major area of study), administering personal care, promoting independence in a safe environment, working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments and working with people of different cultures.

This program is available through distance and/or continuing education, and is available full-time at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon, SIAST Wascana Campus in Regina and SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

The program may also be offered through regional colleges or work based training sites throughout the province. For more information contact Lorraine Tucker at 306-659-4363 at SIAST Kelsey Campus, Dr. Ursula Osteneck at 306-765-1788 at SIAST Woodland Campus, or Wendy Treble 306-775-7764 at SIAST Wascana Campus.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

Graduates of the Continuing Care Assistant program are eligible to apply for the bridging option into the Practical Nursing program.


Assisting with Special Procedures (SPCR 103)

In this course you will learn the concepts of delegation. You will learn how to carry out basic measurements, perform simple treatments and be introduced to client assessment. You will also learn the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting clients with medications.

Students must attend an on-site 4-hour lab

Fee: $280 26 hours Additional costs: Course material
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-479March 4, 2014 - May 9, 2014
Regina lab
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-315April 7, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Saskatoon lab
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Homestudy (Print)

Body Systems (ANAT 100)

You will receive a basic introduction to body systems. You will study the structure of organs and systems in the human body and how they function efficiently.

Fee: $260 27 hours
Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-751February 3, 2014 - April 30, 2014
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Online
CRN: 04-31June 16, 2014 - August 29, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Clinical - Home Care/Community (CLIN 232)

In the home/community services clinical setting, you will work under the supervision of a buddy or a staff member. You will demonstrate employability skills, comply with agency policies and procedures, communicate effectively, provide basic client care and ensure client and personal safety.

You must be assessed by the program head for practicum readiness prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Clinical - Special Care


Fee: $197 40 hours/41 weeks
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-179September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert
CRN: 09-40September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Registration deadline May 12
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

Clinical - Special Care (CLIN 100)

In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that site. You will assist clients who require personal care/comfort.

You must be assessed by the program head for practicum readiness prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Safe Environment, Personal Care, Body Systems, Personal Competence, Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning


Fee: $459 105 hours/41 weeks
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-177September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert
CRN: 09-38September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 31
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

Clinical - Special Care 2 (CLIN 219)

In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that clinical site. You will provide care for clients who require assistance with activities of daily living.

You must be assessed by the program head for practicum readiness prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Observing, Recording and Reporting, Helping Skills (197), Interpersonal Communications (291), Dementia - Behaviour, Dementia Family Care, Human Growth and Development, Nutrition (198), Post Acute Care, Special Needs 2, End of Life Care, Assisting with Special Procedures, Food Safe Level 1, Professional Assault Response Training, Clinical - Special Care


Fee: $459 110 hours/41 weeks
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-178September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert
CRN: 09-39September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 31
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

Dementia - Behaviour (DEMC 183)

Your studies will address causes, stages and behaviours of dementia, behaviour mapping techniques and interventions that promote optimal level of functioning.

Fee: $410 45 hours/9 weeks
Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-296January 20, 2014 - April 25, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 04-28June 2, 2014 - September 5, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Dementia Family Care (DEMC 280)

You will learn how those with dementia are assessed and how to intervene in emergency situations. You will discuss environments and issues related to institutional care placement and the impact dementia has on families.

Fee: $220 21 hours
Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-297March 10, 2014 - May 9, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

End of Life Care (SPCR 102)

Your studies will cover death and dying in the Canadian context. You will study the basic needs and interventions of the dying client. You will also cover grief, the grieving process and the impact of life threatening illnesses on the family members.

Fee: $170 17 hours
Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-528April 7, 2014 - June 6, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Food Safe Level 1 (SANT 181)

You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning. You will receive a FOOD SAFE certificate from SIAST provided you receive a grade of 70% or higher.

DVD course takes approximately 4 weeks at which time a final exam is written.

Fee: $140 , 9 hours/4 weeks (DVD), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials (DVD)
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-460January 6, 2014 - May 30, 2014
Ongoing registration
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DVD

Helping Skills (197) (COMM 197)

Formerly Communication Skills. You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.

Students are required to attend a 2-day weekend lab; travel costs are your responsibkoity.

Check back soon for course offering dates.

Human Growth and Development (HUMD 187)

You will learn the physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of human growth and development from infancy to old age. You will also study the effects of aging on society.

Fee: $260 27 hours/6 weeks
Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-299March 31, 2014 - June 6, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Interpersonal Communications (291) (COMM 291)

The course provides an introduction to interpersonal communication theory and applications that are used in the workplace. Course content includes the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and non-verbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.



The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

Fee: $360  (Online), $320 (Wascana) $305 (DVD/Woodland), 30 hours/20 weeks
Additonal costs: Text
CRNStart DateLocation

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CRN: 03-202January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Educational Assistant students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-1046January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
ECE students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-227January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Food Service Worker students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-212January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Funeral Service students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-556April 14, 2014 - June 20, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 14
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Online
CRN: 03-644April 15, 2014 - May 15, 2014
T&Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina
CRN: 04-103May 15, 2014 - June 19, 2014
T&Th, 7-10 pm
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert
CRN: 04-29May 26, 2014 - August 29, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Nutrition (198) (NUTR 198)

You will learn normal nutritional requirements based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Course content also includes exploring how to maintain optimal nutritional balance for your clients.

Fee: $260 27 hours
Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-309April 7, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 04-77May 20, 2014 - June 17, 2014
T&Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

Observing, Recording and Reporting (SPCR 101)

Formerly Communication in the Workplace (COMM 198). You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the workplace. The course content includes basic medical terminology, message communication, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans.

Fee: $225 22 hours/9 weeks
Additional costs: Course materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-529April 7, 2014 - June 6, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-894April 15, 2014 - May 13, 2014
T&Th, 7-10 pm
No class Apr 22, Apr 24 (Woodland)
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert

Personal Care (SPCR 182)

You will have the opportunity to become skilled at assisting clients in meeting personal care needs. You will study infection control, body mechanics, bed making, grooming and dressing, oral care, foot and nail care, feeding clients, bowel and bladder care, turning and positioning clients and range of motion exercises.

Course materials must be purchased before first class  

Fee: $795 66 hours/13 weeks
Additional costs: Books and course materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-611February 22, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Sa, 9 am-4 pm
No class Apr 19 (Kelsey)
Register online, by mail or in Saskatoon
Saskatoon
CRN: 03-641March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014
Sa, 9 am-4 pm
No class apr 19, May 17 (Wascana)
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

Personal Competence (SPCR 192)

Your studies will focus on the goals and philosophy of Health Care Services in Saskatchewan. You will learn how these goals are reflected in the activities of the agency and on your role as a caregiver. You will learn about your role in providing care services within a multicultural dynamic setting. The course content also includes interprofessional work environments, personal health, employability skills, and types of abuse (for example: caregiver, neglect and abandonment, sexual and financial).

Check back soon for course offering dates.

Post Acute Care (SPCR 184)

You will acquire the theory and develop the skills needed to help clients meet their needs in the post acute care phase. This may include post surgery or following other recent illnesses your clients may have encountered.

Print students are required to attend a 4-hour lab in Saskatoon or Regina.

Fee: $285 27 hours
Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-304March 24, 2014 - May 30, 2014
Saskatoon lab
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Homestudy (Print)

Professional Assault Response Training (SFTY 194)

You will participate in professional assault response training to provide you with defensive and preventative skills. This workshop is delivered in accordance with the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) standards. Students must attend the full 12 hours and perform all required skills to qualify for the PART certificate.

Participants should wear long sleeved clothing with belted pants and low heeled, closed toe shoes. Clothing should be chosen with the understanding that it may be damaged during practice of physical interventions.

Fee: $170 12 hours
Additional costs: SASWH PART manual & workbook
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-107June 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014
Sa&Su, 9 am-4 pm
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

Safe Environment (SPCR 180)

You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe, comfortable and pleasant environment. Course content includes fire safety, emergency response, and WHMIS.

Fee: $150 15 hours
Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-527April 14, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Special Needs 1 (SPCR 284)

Your studies will focus on the basic needs and interventions of clients with disruptions in their sensory organs, body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological and endocrine) and body functions (e.g., genital-urinary and gastro-intestinal).

Fee: $410 45 hours
Additional costs: Books and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-30June 2, 2014 - September 5, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Special Needs 2 (SPCR 285)

Your studies will cover the basic needs and intervention of clients with infectious process, cancer, altered mental abilities, disruption in mental health, alcohol dependency and drug dependency.

Prerequisites: Special Needs 1


Fee: $285 30 hours
Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-530March 24, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning (SPCR 100)

You will participate in activities to move and position clients/objects in health care settings using minimal physical effort and maximizing the use of mechanical aids and equipment. The course focuses on client/caregiver safety. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning (TLR) certificate.

Fee: $170
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-66May 10, 2014
Sa, 8 am-5 pm
Registration deadline May 2
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina
CRN: 04-32May 24, 2014
Sa, 8 am-5 pm
Register online, by mail or in Saskatoon
Saskatoon
CRN: 04-65June 14, 2014
Sa, 8 am-5 pm
Registraton deadline Jun 6
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina
CRN: 04-76June 20, 2014 - June 21, 2014
F, 6:30-9:30 pm; Sa, 9 am-4 pm
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina

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