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Health Aide offering home careThis course is designed to prepare learners for employment as Health Aides in various health settings. The course comprises of a health science core, which introduces basic concepts, principles and competencies for health aides. The practical component of this course is taught in the clinical laboratory and in various health care institutions or agencies, providing opportunities to develop fluency in technical, interpersonal and attending skills. 



  • Literacy and Numerical Skills
  • Minimum age requirement: 17 years by August 31 of the year the applicant is admitted to Health Aide Studies.
  • Interview and Assessment of Written and Oral Communication Skills;
  • Knowledge of training and practice; and, Professional demeanor
  • Medical Certificate of Fitness Required ONLY on successful completion of the interview and assessment of candidates. Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification preferred (course offer at Red Cross for a fee)
  • Two References: School Principal, Teachers, Employers or other relevant persons.
  • Cost: As stipulated by the College and are subject to change Plus Books, Uniforms, School & Clinical Supplies, transportation to and from clinical training sites

 Classed begin in August and January of each academic year.

Applicants are to complete an application form, available at the College, or may be downloaded from this website. Applications must be submitted in duplicate, with the non-refundable application fee, certified copies of certificates or grade slips where applicable and a birth certificate to:

The Registrar
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Morne Fortune,
St Lucia

On successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations.
  2. Apply six concepts of wellness and disease prevention in meeting the basic needs of clients.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate use of basic medial terminology and numeration skills as appropriate for job requirements.
  4. Demonstrate compliance with legal and ethical principles in performing job responsibilities particularly with regards to accountability and confidentiality and patient rights.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively.
  6. Maintain appropriate boundaries in care-provider and client relationships.
  7. Use assertive communication skills in client and peer interactions
  8. Describe the basic structure and function of the human body.
  9. Apply the basic concepts and principles of mental health.
  10. Provide for the basic needs of clients based on their developmental needs
  11. Provide for the physical comfort and the health and safety of clients.
  12. Respond to emergency situations appropriately.
  13. Practice the principles of infection control.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases including HIV AIDS.
  15. Provide care to meet the basic biological, psychological and social needs of clients.
  16. Demonstrate employability skills and work ethics.
  17. Function as a member on a multidisciplinary team.

On completion of this course, learners will:

  1. Perform duties and responsibilities of Health Aide as a member of the multidisciplinary team.
  2. Demonstrate effective use of verbal and written communication skills including use of medical terminology.
  3. Maintain appropriate and effective interpersonal relationships with clients and peers.
  4. Demonstrate correct application of basic math skills related to job responsibilities.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to perform with the legal and ethical bounds and scope of a Health Aide.
  6. Provide appropriate first aid and takes appropriate action in the event of a medical emergency
  7. Perform physical comfort and safety measures within the established standards.
  8. Provide personal client care.
  9. Perform selected client care procedures.
  10. Apply principles of nutrition in client care.
  11. Provide care for geriatric patients appropriate for their age and developmental needs.
  12. Apply principles of infection control and demonstrates knowledge of blood borne diseases including HIV/AIDS.
  13. Provide biological, psychological and social support to clients and their families.
  14. Demonstrate organizational skills in following the client care plan.
  15. Assist with restorative / rehabilitation activities.
  16. Demonstrate acceptable employability skills and consistency in work ethics.

Learners are required to:

  1. Obtain all required materials (textbook, clinical bag) and Uniforms.
  2. Attend classes regularly and be punctual. NB the College’s 85% attendance requirement to be eligible to sit examinations.
  3. Complete all assignments and submit by the due date stipulated
  4. Sit both theory and practical examinations as scheduled.
  5. Abide by the Rules and Regulations of the College, and the Clinical Agencies where assigned.


Module No.   Title No. of Hrs. 
 I  Introduction of the Health Care Delivery System: Becoming a Health Care Worker   6
 II  Interpersonal Communication and Assertiveness  8
 III  Basic Structure & Function of the Human Body  8
 IV  Basic Human Growth & Development  6
 V  Basic Principles of Mental Health  8
 VI  Introductory Principles of Patient & Employee Health & Safety  8
 VII  Basic Biological, Psychological & Social Needs of Patient  8
 VIII  Employability Skills/Networking and Team-building  8

"The fundamental cure for poverty is not money, but knowledge."

Sir William Arthur Lewis

Sir William Arthur Lewis
(Our island's first of two Nobel Laureates)


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