HSR-160 Framework for Practice
HSR-161 Activity for Well-Being
HSR-162 Programming for Individuals with Cognitive Impairments
HSR-170 Practice Experience I
HSR-171 Practice Experience II
Note: You must complete all courses in the program within the same term.
Students must complete all courses in the program within the same semester.
Students must achieve a minimum of C+ in each course; and pass the two practicums in order to complete the program.
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Health Care Assistant (HCA) certificate or Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) certificate; or equivalent credential (e.g. LPN or RN or Human Services - Educational Assistant/Community Support certificate).
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Before Classes Begin
Once accepted to the program but before classes begin, you will be required to:
hold a current CPR C certificate
submit a Criminal Record Check form, which will be sent to you by Admission once you are offered a seat in the program.
submit a completed immunization form, which will be sent to you by Admission once you are offered a seat in the program. This form should be validated by the public health nurse at your local health unit and must be presented to the Activity Assistant Instructor on the first day of classes.
hold a Food Safe Level 1 certificate (TFS-010)
To Be Successful
Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.
The four-month Activity Assistant program provides specialized professional development for individuals who have previous education and training in health care (LPNs, RNs, health care assistants and home care aides) or community support (education assistant/community support graduates).
The program consists of three core courses as well as two practice experiences:
In Framework for Practice (HSR-160), you will be introduced to the activity assistant role as well as the concept of activity and how it influences and is influenced by the components of health, age, interests, values and environment. You will gain an understanding of aging and dementias in the context of activity, how groups can be used for clients and residents with complex care needs, theories in activity programming and much more.
In Activity for Well-Being (HSR-161), you will explore dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, and learn a wide range of strategies for activity involvement for clients who have cognitive impairments. Course highlights include the fundamentals of program development, client assessment and recreational assessment tools, client-specific goal development and working with volunteers and family - to name only a few.
In Programming for Individuals with Cognitive Impairments (HSR-162), you will develop strategies for therapeutic recreation and program development for individuals with dementia, including how to use a care planning approach to provide effective client-centred programming.
During the program, you will have opportunities to apply classroom knowledge and skills to hands-on experience in two supervised practice experiences, working with adults in a variety of care settings in facility and community settings.
Please note, the work of activity assistants can be physically demanding and may require bending, lifting or lengthy periods of standing, which may be problematic for those with back, neck or arm injuries.
If you have significant health challenges, please discuss your concerns with your physician and consult with the program coordinator.
Upon completion, your specialized knowledge and applied experience will qualify you to work alongside an activity coordinator to lead group activities and recreational programs in community and facility settings such as intermediate care facilities, assisted living settings, adult day care programs, clients' homes, seniors' centres and residential group homes.
Tuition & Costs Estimate
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.
Full and part-time employees of the HEU, as defined by their criteria, may be eligible for up to $3,500.00 in funding towards the cost of the program tuition through the FBA Education Fund. To learn more, please visit the HEU website.
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program is tuition refund Category 3.
The program will be held from September to December 2020. Online courses are scheduled to take place on Wednesdays, 5 - 8 pm and Saturdays, 9 am - 4:30 pm. Special online classes will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 9 am - 4:30 pm and on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 5 - 8 pm. There is a practicum placement with varied hours in October (30 hours) and November/ December (90 hours).
This program will also be offered in the Comox Valley starting in September 2021. Join the interest list.