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Health, Assistance & Nursing

About the program

(18 months)

The Nursing profession is constantly seeking new eligible candidates to support a growing health care demand. In less than 18 months, the Health, Assistance and Nursing (HAN) program will provide you with the techniques, skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be a vital part of a health care team. Graduates will be able to perform specialized tasks, including providing injections and medications, taking blood tests, applying sterile dressings, as well as other nursing related skills. The program combines learning modules and onsite training via our health care institution field placements. Our learning path includes training on care procedures, the different systems of the body, and how to adapt your nursing practice to meet the needs of patients of different age groups. Our program helps ease your transition into a health care setting by ensuring that you understand how to effectively communicate with patients and family members, while working as part of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. (approximate costs: $950)

Skills you will learn

  • taking blood tests
  • applying sterile dressings
  • procedures for administering medications
  • specialized caregiving

Did you know

  • HAN’s are among the occupations currently in highest demand all over Quebec.
  • Many graduates decide to further their career and continue their education to become certified nurses.


What is the difference between the Health Care Facilities (HCF) program and the Health, Assistance and Nursing (HAN) program?

The HCF program is 750 hours (6.5 months) and graduates would work as Nurses’ Aides in long-term care facilities or in hospitals. Responsibilities would include: personal care, feeding, moving and assisting patients. The HAN program is 1800 hours (18 months) and tasks may include administering medications, providing advanced care such as catheterization, monitoring vital signs, starting IV’s and other care procedures. HAN graduates can work in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities or privately for insurance companies.

Do most graduates find work?

The health care system is constantly in need of trained personnel and the rapid aging of the population means that more people will be in need of care in the coming years.

Do I need to speak French?

At the HAN level, you must have your secondary Sec V French (with your diploma after 1986) in order to obtain your license to practice. Immigrants, those from other provinces, or those that graduated before 1987 have to pass the OLF exam in order to obtain their license.

Does the program provide for on-site training in hospitals or nursing homes?

The program has 10 field placements in various settings, from city hospitals to health care facilities in the Chateauguay Valley.

Program available at the following Centre

Chateauguay Valley

Start dates

Late Aug. 2016