In 2019, the Government of Alberta launched a new Health Care Aide (HCA) Curriculum (2019) based on the HCA Competency Profile (2018). The HCA Curriculum (2019) added new content that previous programs did not include. Alberta Health developed the Alberta HCA Bridging Modules (Bridging Modules) to address the new content or knowledge gaps.
There are four self-study Bridging Modules. Successful completion of all four Bridging Modules will provide the required competencies and knowledge contained in the new Curriculum (2019). All HCAs currently on the Directory who are certified, substantially equivalent or deemed competent to the HCA Curriculum (2013) – (or previous versions) can gain access to the Bridging Modules through the Alberta HCA Directory portal at no charge.
There are four (4) self-study Bridging Modules:
- Mental Health and Addictions
- Palliative and End-of-Life Care
- Professional Development
HCAs may take the Bridging Modules one at a time (e.g. one after the other) or concurrently. Bridging Modules can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. It does not matter which order the modules are completed.
All four (4) Bridging Modules must be successfully completed in order to receive the Certificate of Completion, as confirmation that they have met the requirements of the HCA Curriculum (2019).
Note* The year of graduation or completion date is not equivalent to the curriculum received. HCAs are responsible for contacting their post-secondary institution to confirm their curriculum received.
Bridging Module Deadline
In order to address workforce planning issues and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta Health has extended the deadline to complete the Bridging Modules to when HCAs are regulated.
The completion of the Bridging Modules is a mandatory requirement to remain active on the Directory. Alberta Health has mandated that all Health Care Aides (HCAs) working for a publicly funded employer ensure continued enrolment in the Alberta HCA Directory.