Health Care Assistant – Faculty of Allied Health Profession

a female doctor caring for a boy patient on bed


Certificate in Healthcare Assistant

Name of Programme: Certificate in Healthcare Assistant
Duration : 3 months ( 2 months theory & 1 months practical – In campus)

Overview of the Programme:

  • To train support staff in the healthcare setting who carry out basic patient care activities under a qualified Healthcare
    Professional’s guidance.
  • In addition, he/she able to assist medical and nursing personnel, e.g. medical doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals in their tasks.

Objectives of the programme:

  • To prepare the Healthcare Assistant (HCA) with basic health care skills required to provide safe and competent basic care to patients, families and communities.

Pre-requisite/Entry Requirments:

  • Possess SPM or its equivalent/ Or working experience in any healthcare setting

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this certification course, the learner will be able to:

  • Acquired basic healthcare knowledge and skills to enable him or her to be a competent care assistant in meeting the basic healthcare needs.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families to develop therapeutic relationships and other health care professionals as a basis for the facilitation of teamwork.


  • Fee : RM5,000/student
  • Target : 30 students (each batch)
  • Class commencement : 21 September 2021
  • Job Placement : Woodlands Health Campus, Singapore
    Putra Medical Centre, Alor Setar
    AGECOPE – Nationwide
    HOMAGE – Online Platform in
    KL, Johor, Penang and Kedah.
  • Financing : Self financing

Job Placement:

Hospital: Woodlands Health Campus, Singapore
Position: Healthcare Assistant
Monthly Base: S$1600
Monthly Housing Allowance: S$350
One-time settling-in allowance: S$150
Weekly Working Hours: 40 hours with 3-rotating shifts


Certificate in Healthcare Assistant

Training Methodology:

  • Lecture, tutorial, practical demonstration, role-play, individual and group presentation & class discussion – 196 hours
  • Self-learning time (SLT) – 38 hours
  • Examination – 6 hours [Total : 240 hours]
  • Clinical Placement – Minimum: 160 hours : In-campus

Assessment and Examination:

  • This Certificate of Healthcare Assistant course subjected to Summative Assessment consisting of final theory examination and Practical Assessment comprising of log book, clinical evaluation and OSCE examination.
  • The participants have to undergo one month clinical skills to prepare themselves to work in primary and community healthcare setting.

1st and 2nd Month

HCAC 001 Basic Patient Care : Theory- 84 hrs, Practical- 56 hours & SLT -38 hours

  • Principle and concepts in caring patients.
  • Role and responsibilities of a Healthcare Assistant.
  • Providing basic health care in meeting clients’ needs, which includes:
    • Safety needs
    • Principles of body mechanics
    • Positioning, lifting and moving Patient
    • Comfort needs
    • Hygiene needs
    • Nutritional needs
    • Elimination needs
    • Observation skill
    • Admission, discharge and transfer
    • Preparation of the patient for operation
    • Care of terminally ill
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Collection of specimens
    • Basic pharmacology & drug dispensing

1st and 2nd Month

HCAC 002 Introduction to Human Body: Theory 28 hours

  • Introduction to Human Body:
    • The Integumentary System
    • The Skeletal System
    • The Cardiovascular System
    • The Respiratory System
    • The Digestive System
    • The Urinary System
    • The Endocrine System
    • The Nervous System
    • The Special Senses
    • The Reproductive System
  • Medical Terminologies
  • Introduction to Infection/Infection control

1st and 2nd Month

HCAC 003 Behavioral Science: Theory 28 hours

  • Communication Skills
  • Human and Public Relations
  • Customer Service
  • Concepts of Caring
  • Corporate Culture
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Medico Legal Aspects
  • Counter service/dealing with patients & PAP

3rd Month

HCAC 004 Clinical Practice: 4 weeks (Minimum of 40 hours/week)

  • Clinical practice at AIMST Nursing Clinical Skills Lab