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Resident Care Worker - West Prince Campus

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: October

Location: West Prince Campus

Length: 30 Weeks

Credential: Certificate, Resident Care Worker

Program Availability: Fall 2023 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Start your career in Health Care

In the Resident Care Worker program, you will build a strong foundation in adult health care to prepare you to work in long-term care (nursing homes), acute care (hospitals), mental health facilities and community agencies. You will study effective methods of communication, how to use gentle persuasion, and how to work with dementia patients and mental health patients. Clinical practicums will ensure that you are prepared to meet clients’ personal and physical needs.

This program is located at the West Prince Campus.


This program is offered at multiple campus locations. Program fees may vary depending on the start date or location. Choose an option to learn more.

Resident Care Worker - Prince of Wales Campus

Resident Care Worker - Souris


The Province of Prince Edward Island recently announced a Resident Care Worker Support Program. If you live on Prince Edward Island, you may be eligible for funding through this initiative. Applicants must be approved by SkillsPEI before beginning the program. For more information visit the Province's website.

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Two references from employers, not from family members
  • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience through volunteer or paid hours, preferably within the last five years, in a long-term care, mental health, or other facility that addresses special client care needs.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR ProviderThis training must be taken in person, NOT online. 
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Assessment Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Food Safety Training Certificate from a recognized PEI Health and Wellness provider. 
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate.
  • Completion of an Immunization Verification Form (required after acceptance) (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.


  • If you are accepted to this program, you can book your immunizations and medical assessment through our Health Clinic. To book an appointment, please email or call 902-566-9392. You will need your health card and your vaccination record. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants with Grade 12 academic English. This program and industry require students to lift, move and transfer clients. Students are also required to conduct frequent hand washing, use soaps/lotions for bathing clients and be exposed to cleaning and sanitizing chemicals. Students who suffer from food allergies should also be aware that they are required to assist in feeding clients and are therefore exposed to a wide variety of foods.
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check:
    Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • Don’t have the courses you need to get into this program? Upgrade, earn high school credits, or get your GED in Adult Ed. It’s free!
  • If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

30 Weeks



Tuition $ 4,786 $9,886
Fees $867 $1,637
Other Costs $ 950  $950
Total $ 6,603 $12,453 

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

30 Weeks

Tuition $ 4,786
Lab Fee $ 150
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 445
Additional Courses -
Graduation Fee $ 100
   Subtotal $ 5,653
1st installment due October 16 $ 3,240
2nd installment due February 27 $ 2,413

Other Costs

30 Weeks

Books $ 500
Materials/Supplies $ 100
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 350
     Subtotal $ 950
Total $6,603


  • The Province of Prince Edward Island recently announced a Resident Care Worker Support Program. If you live on Prince Edward Island, you may be eligible for funding through this initiative. Applicants must be approved by SkillsPEI before beginning the program. For more information go to the Province's website.

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

30 Weeks

Tuition* $9,886
Lab Fee $150
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195
Additional Courses -
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $11,503
1st installment due October 16 $9,090
2nd installment due February 27 $2,413

Other Costs

30 Weeks

Books $500
Materials/Supplies $100
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $350
Subtotal $ 950
Total $12,453

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home support services
  • Mental Health facilities
  • Self-employment
  • Acute care facilities

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:ANAT-1100

The Human Body

This course introduces students to the structure,and function of the human body in its normal,,healthy state. Students examine body systems,,their components and processes, and how they,interrelate.


Course Code:COMM-1070

RCW Communications

This course teaches students to better communicate,within healthcare settings. Students will explore,concepts in interpersonal communication, written,communication and documentation, the dynamics of,team performance, and communication with diverse,populations.


Course Code:NCPR-1006

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Students attain skills on how to prevent a,potential crisis from occuring and how to,intervene in a crisis situation. Students are,introduced to and practice physical skills to use,when managing disruptive behaviours.


Course Code:NCPR-1007

Palliative Care Workshop

The goal of the Palliative Care Workshop is to,provide students with evidence-based theories on,grief and loss and death and dying thereby,enabling students' to recognize the needs of all,patients with progressive illnesses, implement,quality palliative care and improve the care and,treatment for dying patients. Students will,apply their knowledge of grief and loss to create,effective nursing care plans for patients and,include their family members in the process,offering information on grief counselling as,needed. Also, students will be aware of their,own need for grief counselling and seek help for,stress and burnout.


Course Code:NCPR-1008

Gentle Persuasive Approach

The Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) is an,innovative dementia care curriculum based on a,person-centered care approach. GPA also includes,respectful self-protective and gentle redirection,technique for use in situations of risk. ,Designed for interdisciplinary point of care,staff across a variety of sectors, GPA is,delivered in an evidence-based, interactive,session.


Course Code:NCPR-1010

Musculo-Skeletal Injury Prevention for,Healthcare Students

This course is an injury prevention program,designed to promote healthy lifestyles and safe,work practices for anyone associated with moving,people and/or objects. Its purpose is to improve,how individuals prepare for and accomplish their,work and decreases the frequency and severity of,lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries.


Course Code:NURS-1010

Fundamental Nursing Skills Lab

Students acquire personal care skills aimed at,maintaining and promoting client comfort, safety,,and independence. Students develop competence,and confidence in the application of client care,skills by practicing the skills in a nursing lab,simulating a client care unit.


Course Code:PRAC-1220

Long Term Care Clinical: RCW

Students apply knowledge and skill learned in the,classroom and lab in the long-term care setting.,Under the guidance and supervision of a clinical,supervisor, students demonstrate clinical skills,,including organization and time management,,documentation, and professionalism in the,healthcare setting.


Course Code:PRAC-1230

Acute Care Clinical: RCW

Students apply skills and knowledge learned in the,classroom, lab, and long-term care placement to,the acute care and/or mental health setting under,the direction of a clincial supervisor. Students,organize and manage a multiple-client assignment,while working as a member of an interprofessional,healthcare team. Students will be working toward,full independence and autonomy within the RCW,role.


Course Code:PRAC-1310

Resident Care Worker Practicum

This course prepares students for the transition,to practice in a health care setting. In this 4,week clinical placement, students will be placed,in long-term care settings. Under the guidance of,an RCW preceptor, students will focus on,consolidating program skills while providing,person-centred care. Students will progress from,active participation to independent practice by,continuing to develop confidence and competence in,the following areas: therapeutic communication,,professional behavior, personal care,interventions, observations, reporting and,recording, time management and organization, the,promotion and maintenance of a safe work,environment, and participation as an,inter-disciplinary team member.


Course Code:RESC-1000

Foundations of Rcw I

Students explore the role of the resident care,worker as a member of the health care team, the,healthcare system in Canada, and the concept of,culturally responsive care. As well, students are,introduced to the holistic concept of health and,the strategies required to create and sustain a,healthy lifestyle.


Course Code:RESC-1100

Foundations of Rcw II

This course expands on the concepts and principles,of supportive, client-centred care. Students will,learn infection control principles, the guidelines,surrounding medication assistance, proper adult,assessment techniques, and the role of nutrition,in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.


Course Code:RESC-1200

Health Issues in the Adult

An examination of the changes normally occurring,in the body as part of the aging process and due,to various health conditions. Students learn,assessment skills and tools, treatments,,reporting and documentation skills and procedures,to meet the client care needs.


Course Code:RESC-1210

Community, Home and Mental Health Care

Students explore common mental health disorders,and addictions, cognitive impairments, and,intellectual disabilities. Students are introduced,to the provision of care to clients with these,challenges.


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This program is not a piece of cake - hard work and studying was a necessity to keep up. But the instructor's wealth of knowledge and years of experience in the nursing field made learning so appealing. Holland College has prepared me, built my confidence and has proved that I can handle more than I thought I could. After graduating, I quickly entered the workforce at a government facility. I highly recommend this excellent program to anyone who is looking to work in health care.

Andrea, Class of 2020


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