The HCA Program is designed for students who want to be certified to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA). Health care assistants are the frontline care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings. HCAs aid in the basic care of patients, under the direction of nurses, hospital staff, and physicians. They provide professional care and supervision in protective and supportive health care environments, for clients/residents who have complex health challenges. Through this course, students will gain skills and experience, first working in the classroom and lab, and then through practicum.
$ 16 – $26.30 per hour
Proof of Grade 12 graduation or mature student status (19 years or more) and proof of meeting English language Competency Requirements. The language competency requirements are as per the requirements of BC Care Aide Registry.
Teamwork and communication failures are a primary cause of patient safety incidents in healthcare; the ability to communicate effectively is one of the fundamental safety competencies identified by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).
All BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants who are non-native English speakers will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
For your convenience, we have added the link for the English requirements;
Native English speakers
English 10, or equivalent. Evidence of one of the following:
*educational institutions may conduct their own predictive validity studies to confirm appropriate cut scores
Non-native English speakers
Standardized English language proficiency test score. Evidence of one of the following test scores:
Additional Criteria – English Language Competency Requirements
To support educational institutions in ensuring applicants meet Registry English language competency requirements, the following criteria have been put into place:
Countries with English language systems / institutions (where English is a primary, official language and the language used for education)
American Samoa Dominica Mauritius Uganda / Anguilla / Antigua / Falkland Islands / Fiji /Montserrat / New Zealand / United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) /Australia / Ghana / Seychelles / United States of America (USA) / Bahamas/ Grenada / Singapore / US Virgin Islands / Barbados / Guam / South Africa /Belize / Guyana / St. Kitts and Nevis / Bermuda /British Virgin Islands / Irish Republic / Jamaica /St. Lucia / St. Vincent / Cayman Islands / Kenya / Trinidad and Tobago / Malta /Turks and Caicos Islands/ Canada*
*Applicants educated in Quebec, at an institution where the language of instruction was not English, must meet the current English language proficiency requirements.
Prior to the first practice educational experience you will need (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, CPR Level ‘C’ or HCP (4) Food safe Level 1 (5) WHMIS
* * numbers 3, 4 & 5 courses are offered through the college to the students at no additional cost to them
Full Time: 745 Hours/24 weeks
Part Time: 745 Hours/37 weeks
|Course Number||Course Name||Hours|
|HCA 100||Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice||70 hours|
|HCA 200||Interpersonal Communications||50 hours|
|HCA 300||Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices||30 hours|
|HCA 400||Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice||30 hours|
|HCA 500||Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges||115 hours|
|HCA 600||Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges||60 hours|
|HCA 700||Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance||120 hours|
|HCA 800||Practice Experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care||210 hours|
|HCA 900||Practice Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living||60 hours|
|Total Duration :||745 hours|
|1||Registration Fee||$250||Domestic Students|
|1||Tuition Fee||$9000||International Students|