Health Care Assistant

Description Description

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.

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

  • Hospital wards
  • Residential long-term care facilities
  • Extended care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Group homes
  • Home support agencies

Wages Wages

$ 16 – $26.30 per hour

Program Admission Requirements Program Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or
  2. College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions.  Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
  3. Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50 Spelling 23/32
  4. Language Placement Index (LPI): The three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20, out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40
  5. Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher  Recommended Cut Scores*:  Reading Comprehension 60, Sentences Skill 55,   Writeplacer 4

*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:

  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 year : Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6 – Note: a CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.
  4. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program(CELPIP): Academic or General — Academic: Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing. General: CELPIP 7 or better in Speaking and Listening and CELPIP 6 in Reading and Writing
  5. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50

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:

  1. To achieve functional language proficiency and be termed as a native English speaker, one would require seven (7) years of education in a listed country with English language systems/institutions (see list provided below). These years could be acquired in either a consecutive or non-consecutive manner.   If, however, these years were all consecutive and inclusive of only secondary or post-secondary education in an English-speaking environment, the number of years to meet the native English speaker requirement could be achieved in a period of 4 years.
  2. The Registry has established the following list of countries as those with English language systems/institutions.

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

Program Duration Program Duration

Full Time: 745 Hours/24 weeks
Part Time: 745 Hours/37 weeks

Course Outline Course Outline

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

Fee Structure Fee Structure

1 Registration Fee $250 Domestic Students
2 Tuition Fee $5250
3 Books $175
4 Course Material $75
Total $5750
1 Tuition Fee $9000 International Students
2 Registration Fee $250
3 Book Fee $175
4 Other Material $75
Total $9500

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