Holland College | Resident Care Worker - Prince of Wales Campus

Resident Care Worker - Prince of Wales Campus

Start Date: September
Length: 1 Year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Certificate, Resident Care Worker
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Two references from employers, not from family members
  • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience through volunteer or paid hours, preferably within the last five years, in a long-term care, mental health, or other facility that addresses special client care needs.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate.
  • Completion of an Immunization Verification Form (required after acceptance) (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • 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


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.

Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 5,170
Lab Fee $ 150
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80
Additional Courses $ 50
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 6,138
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 2,771
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 3,367
Other Program Costs 1st Year
Books $ 500
Materials/Supplies $100
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 350
Total $ 950

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

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

Program Overview

In the Resident Care Worker program you will build a strong foundation in adult health care to prepare you to work in long term care (nursing homes), acute care (hospitals), 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.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre. Click here to take a virtual tour.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


Resident Care Worker - Prince of Wales Campus

Learn the skills you'll need to work as an RCW in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities and community agencies in this one-year program. Clinical practicums will ensure that you are prepared to meet clients' personal and physical needs. The Resident Care Worker program is offered at the Souris Centre, on the West Prince Campus in Alberton, and on the Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown.


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