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Institutional and Home Care Assistance

Code 5858
Diploma DVS
Sector Health Services
Length of training 870 hours
Number of credits 58
Status Program approved in 2017.

Program Objectives

The Institutional and Home Care Assistance program prepares students for the trade or occupation of patient service associate and home support worker in the health and social services sector.

This profession aims to provide care and assistance in public, private and community health care networks to persons of all ages who are sick or who have physical, psychological, or psychosocial disabilities. The rationale of this occupation is to provide aid to patients so that they may recover or maintain their autonomy and overall health condition.

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
751-702 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 30 2
751-714 Establish a helping relationship 60 4
751-724 Adopt relational approaches with clients with cognitive impairments, mental health problems or neurodevelopmental disorders 60 4
751-734 Determine the appropriate means to respond to the needs of clients with physical illnesses and disabilities 60 4
751-745 Provide care related to activities of daily living (ADL) 75 5
751-752 Prevent infections and contamination 30 2
751-768 Provide assistive care related to daily activities 120 8
751-772 Deal with situations involving risk 30 2
751-787 Work with clients who require assistive care at home or in alternative living environments 105 7
751-794 Deal with family, social and cultural contexts 60 4
751-802 Provide assistance to clients in palliative and end-of-life care 30 2
751-813 Consider the rules and procedures for administering medications and basic invasive care involved in assistance with activities of daily living 45 3
751-824 Provide assistive care related to the client’s clinical reality 60 4
751-832 Administer first aid 30 2
751-845 Provide assistive care to clients requiring short-term care 75 5
870 58

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this 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 III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of 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 (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their vocational training is to begin in a specific program of study, who hold a Training Certificate in a Semiskilled Trade, and who earned the required credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in Secondary Cycle One in general education in the youth sector or in Secondary II in general education in the adult sector
Persons who are at least 15 years of age as at September 30 of the current school year, are registered in a concurrent admission pilot project or in the Trades and Occupations With a Promising Future training path, are vocationally mature and have obtained Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics. They are pursuing their vocational training and general education (youth sector or adult sector) under concurrent admission with an integrated schedule in the Trades and Occupations with a Promising Future training path in order to earn the missing Secondary III credits required for their Diploma of Vocational Studies and their Secondary School Diploma. Authorization from the Ministère de l’Éducation is required to admit a Secondary III student registered in concurrent admission to this program.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.


Specific Prerequisites

Language of instruction Second language Mathematics
Adults Youth Adults Youth Adults Youth
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3) 632-306 ou (630-316)

Aide financière aux études – Québec

Le programme d’aide financière aux études du Ministère permet aux étudiantes et aux étudiants québécois dont les ressources financières sont insuffisantes de poursuivre à temps plein ou temps partiel des études secondaires en formation professionnelle, des études collégiales ou des études universitaires.

Are you interested in the healthcare field? We invite you to have a look at the following (French) resource : vocabulaire de la profession d’infirmière ou infirmier auxiliaire
This was created by the Office québécois de la langue française, in collaboration with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers auxiliaires du Québec, specifically for those working (or studying) in this field and who are learning French. This very useful tool includes illustrations, sound files, association games and more!

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