Learn. Qualify. Immigrate.

  • Learn, Live and Work in Canada

As a CCA student you are eligible to work for up to 20 hours per week while studying full-time.

  • Caregivers are in demand

There is labor shortage with approximately 1,590 vacancies for caregivers in Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Guaranteed Work Placement

You are guaranteed a work placement or a full refund of your tuition fees (T&Cs apply).

  • Immigrate to Nova Scotia, Canada

Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, International Graduates in Demand Stream.

Program Overview

Graduates of the Continuing Care Assistant program provide care services to people in need support in their daily activities, enrich their quality of life for people of all ages, but often elderly clients.

Caregivers are members of a collaborative care team and contribute to the provision of high-quality, safe, compassionate, and efficient care to meet the needs of clients and families. Caregiving is a client-focused job, where you work directly with clients in long-term care, providing home care, in hospitals or with assisted living.

Entry Requirements


  • Educational Qualifications
    High school graduation certificate, GED certificate, or Adult Learner Status.
  • Language Requirements
    ELLT Level 6, IELTS Academic 6.0 or UCP program level 400 in Halifax. Learn more about language requirements
  • Age
    All students in the CCA Program must be at least 21 years old to register.
  • Other
    Clear Criminal Record Check or Police Clearance Certificate
What you need to know


  • Program Fees
    $20,000 CAD
  • Application Fee
    $1,000 CAD
  • Start Dates
    September 2022 (closed for new applications), November 2022, January 2023, April 2023, September 2023
  • Length
    40 Weeks
  • Delivery Method
  • Campus


Get a guaranteed work placement when you study with us. 

We know how difficult it can be to find the right position, so we’ll use our established contacts in high-quality care institutions to find you a work placement as a CCA in Halifax. It’s an amazing chance to put into practice what you learn while you study! 

What will you learn?

CCA program is designed to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver appropriate, timely, and respectful person-focused care to individuals. Our program offers a unique, blended approach to training that combines technical, employability, and other essential skills.

Placements may occur in a variety of employment settings, including:
Home Care, Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged, Acute Care Facilities, and other approved care settings that employ CCAs.

May consist of these scheduled placements:

-Home Support

-Nursing Homes / Homes for the Aged

-Open Mentorship

Modules included in the program:


Introduction to CCA Program and Health Care Sector:

This module introduces the learner to the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) program and the health care sector by providing an overview of the Program, and an understanding of the Program’s role within the Nova Scotia health care sector. It also introduces the learner to the framework governing the delivery of care and the various types of health care services and service providers in Nova Scotia.

CCA Personal and Professional Development:

This module also introduces learner to the role of the CCA and the CCA’s general responsibilities as an integral provider of care and member of the health care team. Learning outcomes include the social philosophy of care; CCA Scope of Practice; professional responsibilities and the professional qualities and behaviours expected of a CCA.

Communication in the Care Setting:

This module will introduce the learner to effective interpersonal communication practices for CCAs. The learner will become familiar with different types of professional relationships and the appropriate forms of interpersonal communication that occur in care settings. The learner will assess his/her strengths and areas for improvement in interpersonal communications generally. The learner also will understand and practice communication strategies and approaches that will strengthen his/her ability to deal with the varied situations s/he might encounter as a CCA.

Documentation and Technology in the Care Setting:

This module will provide an introduction to the various forms of written communication required of CCAs in care settings and how CCAs can approach care-related written communication appropriately and effectively. The learner will recognize the importance of documentation in the coordination and monitoring of care and will overview various forms of documentation. The learner also will develop his or her written communication and documentation skills. Additionally, the learner will be introduced to the appropriate uses of technology by CCAs both inside and outside care settings.

Environmental Safety:

In this module, the learner will gain an understanding of his/her role as a CCA in providing a safe and secure environment. S/he will become familiar with strategies, rules, regulations and protocols that will help him/her to minimize workplace risk. There is an emphasis on infection control.

Safe Handling and Mobility:

This module introduces the principles of body movement and safety, to be followed during the performance of all direct and indirect assistance activities. Learner will learn how to position and transfer individuals by using person specific assessments and safe application of positioning and transfer strategies.

Care Setting Management:

This module is designed to enable the learner to develop the skills required for the basic safety and cleanliness of the person’s care setting, according to the scope of employment policies. It prepares the learner to organize and complete daily care setting management tasks, set priorities and develop time management skills.

Growth and Development:

This module is designed to enable the learner to develop the skills required for the basic safety and cleanliness of the person’s care setting, according to the scope of employment policies. It prepares the learner to organize and complete daily care setting management tasks, set priorities and develop time management skills.

Body Structure; Function and Care Implications:

This module will enable the learner to acquire a basic knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body. It provides an introduction to common health issues and the implications for care.

Personal Care:

In this course learners will attain the skills and knowledge related to the provision of personal care. Using a person-centered philosophy of care approach. Learners will acquire the competencies required to implement respectful, safe and effective personal care, to individuals across the life cycle.

Nutrition and Meal Preparation:

In this module learners will be introduced to nutrition and the role of the CCA in meeting the dietary needs of individuals of all ages. Learners will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, serve and prepare basic meals.

Mental Health and Social Wellbeing:

This module is designed to prepare the learner to recognize and support individuals who are experiencing mental health issues as well as various types of abuse and neglect. It explores strategies to maintain mental health and social well–being.


This module allows the learner to cultivate an awareness of medications and the role of the CCA in supporting the needs of the person. The module introduces commonly used medications as well as some basic principles of pharmacology. Learner will acquire the skills to competently apply medicated topical creams, ointments and drops.