Health Care Assistant – Access

Description Description

HCA Access program is designed for the students who have prior education and/or relevant work experience in the field of health care and have been referred by the BC Care Aide Registry to complete an access program to get the BC Care Aide Registration Number.

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

Upon completion of program students will be able to work in the following facilities: 

  • Hospitals
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Adult Day
  • Respite Care and
  • Home Support

Wages Wages

Earn up to $26.50 per hour

Program Admission Requirements Program Admission Requirements

Prior to acceptance:

  1. Proof of Grade 12 graduation or mature student status (19 Years or older)


  1. Successful completion of the Prior Learning/ Competency Assessment by NCAS to determine eligibility for the program.
  2. Candidates with following language benchmarks;

For Native English speakers

Evidence of one of the following:

  1. Proof of completion of Grade 10 English or equivalent

For Non- Native English Speakers:

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — test must be within the last two years.
    IBT only: Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing.
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or General — test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing.
  3. Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) — test must be within the last six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6.
  4. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Academic or General:
    Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing
  5. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
    Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50.

Notes for Admission:

The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:

  1. Proof of meeting current immunizations / vaccinations as per health care organization policies / guidelines (or signed vaccination exemption form, except TB)
  2. Criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults
  3. Standard First Aid
  4. CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
  5. Foodsafe Level 1 
  6. Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) E-Learning Modules

Program Duration Program Duration

440 Hours / 16 weeks

Course Outline Course Outline

Course Number Course Name Contact Hours
HCA 100 A Access Health and Healing: Concepts for practice 35
HCA 200 A Access Health 1: Interpersonal communications 40
HCA 300 A Access Health 2: Lifestyle and choices 15
HCA 400 Health Care Assistant: Introduction to practice 30
HCA 500 A Access Healing 1 – Caring for Individuals experiencing Common health challenges 60
HCA 600 A Access Healing 2 – Caring for individuals experiencing Cognitive or mental challenges 45
HCA 700 A Access Healing 3 – Personal care and assistance 80
HCA 800 A Access Practice experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care 105
HCA 900 A Assisted Living/Preceptorship 30
  Total 440 hours

Fee Structure Fee Structure

Registration Fee $250
Tuition Fee $3150
Book Fee $175
Total $3575

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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