Health Care Assistant Diploma

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Brief of Health Care Assistant Diploma (HCA)

Health care assistants (HCAs) assist in the basic care of patients under the direction of nurses, hospital staff and physicians. The program is based on the Health Care Assistant curriculum set forth by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. The program is designed to help students understand the role of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) and the health care system and culture in the province of British Columbia. The course prepares students to work in both residential care and community settings and is based on core values and beliefs that are foundation to HCA practice.




Upon successful completion of the Health Care Assistant Program, under the supervision of a nurse, the graduate will show evidence of a beginning ability to:

  • Use the theoretical knowledge base underlying the tasks and responsibilities associated with the role of the health care assistant
  • Recognize, understand and respect the individuality, rights and concerns of clients
  • Communicate effectively with clients and their families
  • Develop therapeutic relationships with clients and their families
  • Provide direct care which promotes the comfort and safety of clients
  • Promote independence, particularly with activities of daily living, within client capabilities
  • Detect and report changes in the physical and emotional status of clients
  • Perform skills safely and effectively
  • Use a problem-solving approach
  • Organize and prioritize care and workload
  • Record on clients' records/charts appropriately
  • Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with other health care team members
  • Participate as a member of the health care team

Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to work in any of the following health care areas:

  • Complex Care
  • Acute Care
  • Home Support
  • Assisted Living
  • Adult Day Care

Students must meet all of the admissions requirements as listed below.

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or or mature student status 19 years of age
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act)
  • English 10 or equivalent with a grade of C (for native speakers of English)
  • Passing English language competency requirements:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or General within the past two years; with an overall score of 6, OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the past two years; IBT with an overall score of 76.
Item Domestic International
Tuition Fee $6,850 $10,275
Registration Fee $250 $250
Textbooks $400 $400
Other Material $500 $500
Total $8,000 $11,425

Upon completion of this program the successful student will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth understanding of the BC healthcare industry.
  • Administrative, technical and problem-solving, conceptual and human relations knowledge and skills that provide foundation for effective leadership in the healthcare industry.
  • They are well educated and productive citizens.

Note: The learning outcomes are further linked to the various HCA program competencies such as; communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment and business skills and knowledge.

Evaluation of the students will be based on:

  • Class participation (Group Discussion & Attendance)
  • Homework
  • Short quizzes/class assignments
  • Final examination
  • Practicum assessment

The FT students are required to attend the classes regularly from Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day and 20 hours a week for 27 weeks. The PT students are expected to attend on the weekends-12 hours SAT and SUN.

65% average upon successful completion of all courses. CPR, First Aid, FoodSafe and WHMIS will be completed during the program.

  • FT Instructional hours & weeks : 537 hours/28 weeks
  • Practicum hours &weeks: 270 hours/13.5 weeks
  • PT Instructional hours ( SAT/SUN) 12 hours week& 39.5 weeks

Full-time and Part-time

Five hours a week.

  • In-class instruction
  • Practicum

Not applicable

Affiliation Agreements and/or Host Agreements for practicum placements

Phase I* Hours
HCA 101T - (Health: Interpersonal Communications) 50
HCA 102T - (Health: Lifestyle and Choices) 30
HCA 103T - (Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice) 30
HCA 104T - (Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice) 70
HCA 105T - (Healing 1: Common Health Challenges) 115
HCA 106T - (Healing 2: Cognitive or Mental Challenges) 60
HCA 107T - (Healing: Personal Care and Assistance) 120
Phase II**
FoodSafe™ Level I 8
Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED 16
Mental Health First Aid Basic 12
Provincial Violence Prevention for Health Care Workers 8
Career and Employment Strategies for Health Care Workers 10
HCA 121P - (Practice Experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care) 210
Phase III
HCA 131P - (Practice Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living) 70
Total Hours 817
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    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-926648-39-2
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    Type: Workbook, ISBN: 978-1-927406-58-8
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    Type: DVD, ISBN: 978-0-323-22244-0
    Package ISBN: 9781771720199
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    ISBN: 9781926923048
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