Acute Care for HCAs

Program Overview

An acute care program for health care assistants is a specialized training program designed to equip health care assistants with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality care to patients in acute care settings. Acute care refers to the treatment of patients with severe or life-threatening medical conditions that require immediate attention.

Healthcare assistants play a critical role in acute care settings as they assist registered nurses and other healthcare professionals in providing care to patients. They perform a variety of tasks, such as taking vital signs, assisting with daily activities, and providing emotional support to patients and their families.

Acute care program for health care assistants includes training in a range of areas, including patient assessment, medication administration, wound care, infection control, and emergency response. The program also covers specific conditions commonly encountered in acute care settings, such as heart attacks, strokes, and respiratory failure.

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Pursue a career as Acute Care Aid in variety of health care settings, both public & private.

Job Opportunities

After completion of this program, the graduates will be able to work in:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Emergency departments
  • Ambulance care settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home heatlh care facilities


Earn up to $25.00* per hour as a Health Care Assistant
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank

Program Admission Requirements

Program Specific:

Health Care Assistant Certificate, or equivalent, from a BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry recognized educational institution:

Educational institutions accepted as per the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry

  • Current BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry number.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Current CPR level C or HCP certificate  

Upon Acceptance:

  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice.
  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB Chest x-ray is required.
  • Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended, and may be required for practice placement in the program:
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Pertussis
    • Polio
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (Flu vaccine) – required annually
    • COVID 19 vaccines
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    Not Yet a Health Care Assistant? Your Journey Starts Here!
    Are you dreaming of a fulfilling career in healthcare, but you're not sure where to start? Look no further – your path to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others begins with our Health Care Assistant Program. Get trained and start a rewarding career as a HCA in just 24 weeks with flexible study schedule.

Program Duration

130 hours (6 Weeks Full time; 10 weeks Part Time)

Course Outline

Course # Title of Course/Work Experience Component # of Hours
ACHA001 Acute Care and Personal Assistance 45
ACHA002 Working in Acute Care 45
ACHA003 Acute Care Clinical 40

Please speak with your Campus Representative if you need further information.

Fee Structure

1 Tuition Fee $2250 Domestic Students
2 Application Fee $250
3 Material Fee $200
Total $2700
1 Tuition Fee $3250 International Students
2 Application Fee $250
3 Material Fee $200
Total $3700

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

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

Ancestral Territory Recognition and Acknowledgment

Western Community College recognizes and acknowledges the ancestral unceded territory of the Coastal First Nations (Sumas First Nation, Mastqui First Nation, Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen) where we live and work. We honour these First Nations for sharing and accepting our families and students in their Traditional territories.

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Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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