If you've ever considered working in health care, but wanted to test the field out before you committed to a degree, you've missed your chance.

Campus Alberta Central here in Drumheller, first offered a health care aide program in conjunction with DVSS which allowed students to get their health care aide certificate while finishing high school.

Then, late last year, the organization decided to offer the program only to adults. The 18-week course began last month and, in April, 13 students from the area will have new job skills.

"Our program is offered through Red Deer College, and it is an 18 week certificate program, consisting of online course work, face-to-face labs here in our office, and practicum placements at the hospital, seniors' homes, etc," explained Dana Davidson from Campus Alberta Central.

All but one of the thirteen students are from Drumheller.

"By the time they are done in about four months, they are a certified health care aides. This is a strictly adult class, but we are looking at hoping to do a dual credit program in the fall of 2018 with the high school."

Davidson said that the program really appealed to people looking to get their feet wet before committing to a Practical Nurse, or Registered Nursing program.

"If you are interested in health care, and not 100 per cent sure if it is for you or not, this is a great intro course to see if it is a good match for you."

Unfortunately for would-be health care aides, registration for this year's program is closed.

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