Course Overview

The Health Care Assistant program (HCA) will prepare students to work in a variety of health-related work environments. The health care needs continue to grow in our country. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge for a career in care-giving with the hands-on experience. HCA has been recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry and the Ministry of Advanced Education in B.C. and follows the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers.

The Education Assistant program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Health Care Assistant Program

Courses: Phase I

  • HCA-PROF Introduction to HCA Program
  • HCA-IP Introduction to HCA Practice
  • HCA-CP Concepts for Practice
  • HCA-COM 101 Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
  • HCA-LC 201 Health 2: Lifestyles and Choices
  • HCA-CHC 101 Healing 1: Common Health Challenges
  • HCA-MHC 201 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Mental Health Challenges
  • HCA-PALL 101 Palliative Care
  • HCA-PCA 301 Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance

Courses: Phase II

  • Food Safe Level 1
  • First Aid: CPR C
  • WHMIS
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Provincial Violence Prevention for Health Care Workers
  • HCA-CPE 400 Clinical Placement in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care
  • HCA-CPE 401 Practicum Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living
  • Career Strategies for Health Care Workers

Fees

Tuition$6,850
Other fee$500
Registration$250
Text Books$400
Total$8,000
Tuition$10,275
Other fee$500
Registration$250
Text Books$400
Total$11,425

Courses: Phase I

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Courses: Phase II

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Fees

 
Tuition $6,850
Registration $250
Text Books $400
Total $8,000
 
Tuition $10,275
Registration $250
Text Books $400
Total $9,800

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent or age of 18 or above
  • Proof of English proficiency ability

English Requirements

Native English Speakers
Evidence of one of the following:
  • Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or
  • 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.
  • Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50, Spelling 23/32
  • 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
  • Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher Recommended Cut Scores*: Reading Comprehension 60, Sentences Skill 55, Write placer 4
Non-Native English Speakers
**Either of the following assessments must have been completed within the last two years or last year: Evidence of one of the following test scores:
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50 Passing