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Resident Care Worker


Our Resident Care Worker (RCW) program provides you with a strong foundation in adult health care to prepare you to work in long term care, acute care, mental health facilities and community agencies. You will study effective methods of communication, how to use gentle persuasion, and how to work with dementia patients and mental health patients. Clinical practicums will ensure that you are prepared to meet clients’ personal and physical needs. The RCW program includes a variety of clinical courses, including long term care (nursing homes), acute care (hospitals), home care, mental health, and a variety of community agencies, allowing you to gain an appreciation for the RCW role in a variety of settings.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus, West Prince Campus
Credential: Certificate, Resident Care Worker
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Two references from employers, not from family members
  • Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector)) with no findings of guilt
  • Written verification of 40 volunteer or paid hours, preferably within the last 5 years, in a long-term care, mental health or suitable facility that addresses special client care needs. More Information
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate.
  • Completion of an Immunization Verification Form (required after acceptance)
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants with Grade 12 academic English. This program and industry require students to lift, move and transfer clients. Students are also required to conduct frequent handwashing, use soaps/lotions for bathing clients and be exposed to cleaning and sanitizing chemicals. Students who suffer from food allergies should also be aware that they are required to assist in feeding clients and are therefore exposed to a wide variety of foods.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home support services
  • Mental Health facilities
  • Self-employment
  • Acute care facilities

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 3413, NOC 4412.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program for students taking the program on the Prince of Wales Campus.

View a full breakdown of costs for this program for students taking the program on the West Prince Campus.

If you have any questions concerning the Resident Care Worker program, contact:

  • Health & Community Studies Office: (902) 566-9564

Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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