Personal Care Attendant

A Personal Care Attendant (PCA) is a member of the interdisciplinary team who is responsible for providing support to clients in all aspects of daily living through companionships, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial care.  PCAs support and promote independence, safety, and quality of life for clients across the lifespan.

PCAs provide client-centred care under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).  In Newfoundland and Labrador, PCAs are considered unregulated health care workers as they are not a licensed or regulated profession.  However, standardized curriculum assists the effective and efficient use of PCAs as part of the interdisciplinary team in institutional settings across the province.

The Personal Care Attendant Educational Program is 30 weeks in duration and consists of two semesters, each containing 15 weeks.  Travel to other institutions/agencies will be required for clinical and may be required for some laboratory offerings.  Students are responsible for transportation to/from clinical and laboratory experiences; these travel hours are not included in the program hours.

PLEASE NOTE: This Personal Care Attendant Program (2018) curriculum was prepared by the Centre for Nursing Studies for the Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, in Consultation with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, and the Regional Health Authorities for training in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador through public and private institutions.

Admission and Administration Requirements

Academic Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or high school equivalency (Transcript and/or diploma to be forwarded to the College); Please note: ¬†Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed a Grade 12 English course;
  • Mature students who do not meet the education prerequisites may be considered for admission on an individual basis provided the following conditions are met:
    • Applicants are at least 19 years of age at the time of application;
    • Applicants have been out of school for at least one year;
    • Applicants complete the standardized assessment instrument and obtain the result of high school equivalence on all subtests;
    • Applicants present a certified copy of grades for the highest educational level attained.
Administration Requirements:
  • Completion of Keyin College’s official application form;
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable). ¬†It must be noted that this is an additional cost for the processing of your application.
  • International applications are subject to a $250 application processing fee (non-refundable)


Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Provide verification of medical tests and vaccinations, as required by the clinical training site; i.e. TB Testing, Communicable Disease/Immunization Record; and
  • Eastern/Central/Western Health Confirmation Form;
  • Two reference letters supporting entrance into the program;
  • 20 Volunteer service hours within the past two years;
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English at a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level eight (8);
  • Applicants must complete a one page written personal statement;
  • All forms and documents listed must be received by the college prior to the clinical placement. ¬†If¬†not received, students will not be able to attend classes/start program.


Pre-Clinical Requirements:

  • Provide a current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer;
  • Provide a certificate of conduct, including vulnerable sector check;
  • Mask-fit testing.
Personal Care Attendant Courses View
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Essentials for Communication & Documentation
  • Workplace Safety
  • Understanding Aging, Delirium, and Dementia
  • End of Life Care
  • Fundamentals I: Care Basics
  • Fundamentals I: Skills Labs
  • Clinical Practice I
  • Basic Concepts for Medication Awareness
  • Personal Career Development Seminars
  • Mental Health Concepts
  • Fundamentals II: Body Systems Approach to Care
  • Fundamentals II: Skills Labs
  • Clinical Practice II
  • Clinical Preceptorship

Currently offered at the following locations: