Health, Assistance & Nursing

Health, Assistance & Nursing

Health care professionals are in high demand — work in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities – the choice is yours!

The pandemic has shown us all that healthcare workers are the backbone of society. This program will provide the skills you need to be part of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. The program will cover subjects including anatomy and biology, patient care, administering injections and medications, taking blood tests, applying sterile dressings, as well as how to communicate with patients and family members. Our program combines in-class with hands-on learning using the latest Nursing Anne simulator. Field placements in health care institutions round out your education and will give you the confidence you need to work in the health care sector.

(International students MUST register through the International Students application process.)

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Health, Assistance & Nursing CVCEC Aug 28, 2024 17 months $625.48

Program content
Admission conditions
Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
751-572 Administer first aid 30 2
752-332 Determine their suitability for the profession and training 30 2
752-342 Become familiar with a comprehensive approach to health 30 2
752-353 Communicate in a care team 45 3
752-367 Apply basic care procedures 105 7
752-372 Establish a helping relationship 30 2
752-382 Become familiar with the legal and ethical aspects of the profession 30 2
752-393 Apply care procedures related to the musculoskeletal system 45 3
752-405 Provide basic care to clients who are experiencing loss of autonomy 75 5
752-412 Help a client meet his or her nutritional needs 30 2
752-424 Apply care procedures related to the nervous and sensory systems 60 4
752-432 Apply care procedures related to the endocrine system 30 2
752-444 Apply care procedures related to the digestive system 60 4
752-454 Apply care procedures related to the urinary and reproductive systems 60 4
752-463 Intervene with a client with cognitive deficits 45 3
752-472 Intervene with a client in palliative care 30 2
752-483 Intervene with a client with a mental health problem 45 3
752-498 Provide geronto-geriatric care 120 8
752-505 Provide care to clients with mental health problems 75 5
752-518 Provide care to clients undergoing physical rehabilitation 120 8
752-526 Provide care in a surgical unit 90 6
752-532 Intervene with a mother and her newborn 30 2
752-542 Provide care to mothers and newborns 30 2
752-552 Intervene with a child or adolescent with a health problem 30 2
752-562 Provide care to children and adolescents 30 2
752-577 Provide care to a diverse clientele 105 7
754-664 Prevent and control infection 60 4
754-714 Participate in drug therapy 60 4
754-795 Provide specific care 75 5
754-828 Provide care in a medical unit 120 8
754-865 Refer to their knowledge of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems when providing care 75 5
  1800 120


To be eligible for admission to the Health, Assistance and Nursing program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary V credits in language of instruction and Secondary IV credits in second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test, as well as Secondary V credits in language of instruction in a program of study established by the Minister, or recognition for equivalent learning
Persons having earned Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister and who will continue their general education courses concurrently with their vocational training in order to obtain the credits they are missing among the following: Secondary V language of instruction and Secondary IV second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister.

Functional prerequisites

This section identifies the modules or course codes for the actual programs of study in adult general education that are specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics. Functional prerequisites includes the successful completion of specific prerequisites as well as the general development test (TDG). When a DVS doesn’t require specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a dash ( – ) is displayed in the appropriate cell. For programs that lead to an AVS, specific prerequisites and the TDG do not apply (N/A).

Specific prerequisites
Language of instruction Second language Mathematics
Adults Youth Adults Youth Adults Youth
Unités de 5e secondaire Unités de 5e secondaire

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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 Health, Assistance and Nursing (HAN) and Institutional and Home Care Assistance (IHCA) program?

 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. The IHCA program is 870 hours (8.5 months) and graduates would work as Nurses’ Aides in long-term care facilities, in a home care setting, or in hospitals. Responsibilities would include: personal care, feeding, moving and assisting patients.

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.
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