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Continuing Care Assistant (Full Time)

This form will conditionally put you on the 19 September 2023 session waitlist for Melfort.

If any additional information is required to keep your spot on the waitlist someone from the college will contact you.

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Program Start: 19 September 2023 - In Session
Applications Closed - Waitlist Available.
Location: Melfort
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 1 year


Out of country international applications are now CLOSED for the September 2023 intake.
If you are an in-country applicant with a current study permit, please contact to apply. 

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.

The full-time program will allow you to complete all theory and clinical experiences.  If you would like to PLAR your clinical experiences, please consider the part-time program.


  • Grade 12 or successful completion of fifteen (15) post-secondary credits from a recognized institution
  • English Language Requirement
Tuition: $5,500*
Books & Supplies: $1,600*
Student Fees: $100
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


Accepted applicants may be required to undergo an interview and to provide a criminal record check prior to entering the practicum component to the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the criminal record check. The cost of a Criminal Record Check is your responsibility. It must be submitted in a separate sealed envelope which includes your name, program and identifies it as a Criminal Record Check.

International Tuition = $17,500 CAD. International students please follow the International application & payment instructions.

Continuing Care Assistant includes the following courses

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.

Equivalent Course(s): ANAT 100CE, APHY 188, APHY 189

Clinical-1 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.  Clinical placements are unpaid.

Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 100CE, PRAC 101


SPCR 104, SPCR 105, ANAT 100, SPCR 192, COMM 291

Clinical-2 Special Care (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.  Clinical placements are unpaid.

Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 219CE


CLIN 100, COMM 197, COMM 291, DEMC 100, HUMD 187, SOCI 171, SPCR 101, SPCR 102, SPCR 106, SPCR 107, SPCR 108, SPCR 284, SPCR 285

Community Care (SPCR107)

You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe home environment. Examination of community resources will help you learn how to promote socialization for seniors. Nutritional challenges and activity for seniors will be discussed as well as the employment standards for working alone in home care. This course includes a 1 day observed community exercise.

Dementia Care (DEMC100)

You will study the types, behaviors and assessment techniques for dementia. You will learn how to promote optimal levels of functioning throughout the disease progression and manage critical incidents. Issues related to institutional care placement and the impact dementia has on the family will be examined.

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.

Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 102CE

Foundations of Sociology (SOCI 160)

Using your sociological imagination, you will examine how to practice sociology, and learn about the importance of culture, socialization, and the family. You will discuss social inequality in Canada, as well as explore the concepts of social control and deviance. Your studies will also include issues related to the power of mass media, the dualism of sex and gender, and race and ethnicity. You will have an opportunity to examine collective behavior, social movements, social change, and globalization.

Equivalent Course: SOCI 171, SOCI 184

Helping Skills (COMM197)

You will apply communication skills to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients, their families, significant others, other health care staff, as well as various other professionals.

Equivalent Course(s): COMM 160, COMM 197CE, COMM 293, HUMR 186, NEPS 112, NURS 163


COMM 291

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.

Equivalent Course(s): HUMD 187CE, HUMD 188

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.

Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, COMM 291CE, COMM 381, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163

Introduction to Caregiving (SPCR106)

You will examine the role of the Continuing Care Assistant as part of the interprofessional team and discuss the attributes that are required to be a successful team member. Client and family-centered care will be discussed with the use of effective communication to build rapport and trust. Safe practices will be explored to ensure safety for the client and caregiver.

Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 180

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.

Equivalent Course(s): COMM 198, NURS 171, SPCR 101CE

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, oral care, and assisting to feed clients.

Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 104CE

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.

Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 105CE


SPCR 104

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).

Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 192CE

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. genitourinary and gastro-intestinal).

Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 291, SPCR 284CE

Special Needs 2 (SPCR285)

Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with infectious diseases, cancer, altered mental abilities, disruption in mental health, and alcohol and drug dependency. You will learn the specific care required for bariatric clients.

Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 285CE


SPCR 284

Special Procedures (SPCR108)

You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn about delegation and perform basic measurements and simple treatments. Client assessment will also be discussed. You will acquire the theory and skills required to assist clients who have post-acute surgical or medical conditions.

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