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Continuing Care Assistant - PT (2022-2024)

Program Start: 6 September 2022
Application Deadline: 5 September 2022
Location: Melfort
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 2 years


The part-time Continuing Care Assistant program is intended for students that will have 500 hours of work experience as a CCA by May 2024.  With classes offered 2 days per week, students can continue working while completing their studies.  This program will take place over 2 years.

NOTE: this part-time program will only provide the THEORY classes of your CCA program, and DOES NOT include access to clinical placements.  You must be able to apply for PLAR at the end of your program.

If you will need to take your clinicals, we suggest you take the full-time program.

The Continuing Care Assistant program provides knowledge and skill development in helping people to help themselves in their homes and special care facilities. You will receive training in: gerontology, dementia management strategies, applying the philosophy of long-term care into home care, special care and community settings, promoting independence in a safe environment, working with people from all cultures, working with individuals with different levels of physical and cognitive impairment, giving personal care, and attending to psychosocial needs.

If you are interested in applying for the part-time Continuing Care Assistant program, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with a Cumberland advisor to discuss your options. 

Tuition: $3,300*
Books & Supplies: $1,000*
Student Fees: $95
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am-4pm each day.  Please be prepared for blended delivery – a combination of on campus and virtual learning.  Attendance will be mandatory, so please plan accordingly.
  • For lab experiences, you will be required to come to the Melfort campus.  Ample time will be communicated with students when you can expect lab days.
  • BOOKS - you are responsible to order your books from the Saskpoly bookstore.  More information will be provided on how to order your books.
  • Should you have any questions about program delivery - please contact the Program Coordinator - Rebecca Bryson
  • For planning your courses, please contact our Advisor - Lindsey Moskal.

Continuing Care Assistant - 2022-2024 Part time includes the following courses

Assisting with Special Procedures (SPCR 103)

You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn the concepts of delegation, 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.


Admission to CCA Program required (Suggested pre-requisites: Personal Care 1 and 2, Body Systems)

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


This is a pre-requisite to clinical 100

Dementia Behaviour (DEMC183)

You will study the types, behaviours and progression of dementia. Behaviour mapping techniques and interventions that promote optimum levels of functioning will be learned.

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.

End of Life Care (SPCR102)

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.

FoodSafe 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 the Department of Health provided you receive a grade of 70% or higher.

Helping Skills (COMM197)

You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients. It is recommended that Interpersonal Communications be taught before this subject

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.

Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291)

You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, and listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.


This is a pre-requisite to Clinical 100 and to COMM 197

Nutrition (NUTR 198)

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

Observing Reporting & Recording (SPCR101)

You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the work place. The course content includes basic concepts of simple arithmetic, basic medical terminology, concept mapping, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans

Personal Care 1 (SPCR 104)

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, positioning clients, range of motion, oral care, and assisting to feed clients.


This is a pre-requisite to SPCR 105 and to Clinical 100.

Personal Care 2 (SPCR105)

Building on the skills you learned in Personal Care 1, you will become skilled at assisting clients in meeting personal care needs. You will study grooming and dressing, foot and nail care, and elimination care.


This is a pre-requisite to clinical 100

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 inter-professional work environments, personal health, employability skills, and types of abuse (for example: caregiver, neglect and abandonment, sexual and financial).

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 surgical clients or clients with recent acute medical conditions.


Admission to CCA Program required (Suggested pre-requisite: Personal Care 1 and 2)

Safe Environment (SPCR180)

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


This is a prerequisite to Clinical 100

Special Needs 1 (SPCR284)

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

Special Needs 2 (SPCR285)

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

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