A Career as a Health Care Aide Can Take You Anywhere


Salary Range
$40,481 – $47,868

Recommended High School Courses
High School Diploma or equivalent
Grade 12 Math
Grade 12 English
Grade 10 Science (or higher)

Not all courses are required for all
programs — please inquire with
individual programs for more

Health care aides have an important role in the day-to-day care and comfort of patients, residents, and clients. They work with the health care team in hospital, long-term care, and community settings to care for seniors, people who have medical conditions or are recovering from surgery, and people with developmental disabilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Answer call signals
  • Lift, turn or massage patients; shave patients prior to operations
  • Supervise patient exercise; set-up and provide leisure activities for patients
  • Accompany patients on outside recreational activities and perform other duties related to patient care
  • Supply and empty bed pans; bathe, dress and groom patients
  • Serve meal trays and feed or assist in feeding of patients and assist patients with menu selection
  • Take patients’ blood pressure, temperature and pulse; report or record fluid intake and output
  • Observe or monitor patients’ status and document patient care on charts; collect specimens such as urine, feces or sputum; administer suppositories, colonic irrigations and enemas
  • Perform other procedures as directed by nursing and hospital staff

Role Requirements

  • Health care aides are exposed to fast-paced and mentally demanding situations
  • Health care aides spend a lot of time on their feet
  • Health care aides work a variety of shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays

Skills and Abilities

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Team Player

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Empathetic and Compassionate

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Clear Communicator

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Problem Solver

Educational Programs


Educational InstitutionLocationProgram
Red River College PolytechnicMultipleHealth Care Aide
Assiniboine Community CollegeMultipleComprehensive Health Care Aide
Université de Saint-BonifaceWinnipegCertificat Aide en soins de santé
University College of the NorthThompson and The PasHealth Care Aide
Herzing CollegeWinnipegHealth Care Aide
Academy of LearningWinnipeg, Selkirk, Steinbach, Pine FallsHealth Care Aide
Robertson CollegeWinnipeg and BrandonHealth Care Aide
Manitoba Institute of Trades and TechnologyWinnipegHealth Care Aide and Personal Support Worker
CDI CollegeWinnipegHealth Care Aide

High School

Educational InstitutionLocationProgram
RB Russell Vocational High SchoolWinnipegHealth Care Aide
St. James-Assiniboia School DivisionWinnipegHealth Care Aide
Seven Oaks School DivisionWinnipegHealth Care Aide
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