Health Care Assistant – Access

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Program Overview

HCA Access program is designed for the students who have prior education and/or relevant work experience in the field of health care and have been referred by the BC Care Aide Registry to complete an Access program to get the BC Care Aide Registration Number.

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Contact our admissions team today or request information on upcoming program start dates.

For Health Care Assistants, Care Aids, and Nursing Aids who want to come to Canada and to receive an HCA license in Canada.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the program can work in the following facilities:

  • Hospitals
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Respite Care and
  • Home Support


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

Program Admission Requirements

Prior to acceptance:

  1. Proof of Grade 12 graduation or mature student status (19 Years or older)


  1. Successful completion of the Prior Learning/ Competency Assessment by NCAS to determine eligibility for the program.
  2. Candidates with following language benchmarks;

For applicants whose first language is English

Evidence of one of the following:

  1. Proof of completion of Grade 10 English or equivalent

For Applicants whose first language is not English :

  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 six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6.
  4. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Academic or General:
    Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing
  5. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
    Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50.

Notes for Admission:

The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:

  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 Public Safety and Solicitor General of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults
  3. Standard First Aid
  4. CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
  5. Foodsafe Level 1
  6. Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) E-Learning Modules

Program Duration

440 Hours / 16 weeks

Course Outline

Course Number Course Name Contact Hours
HCA 100 A Access Health and Healing: Concepts for practice 35
HCA 200 A Access Health 1: Interpersonal communications 40
HCA 300 A Access Health 2: Lifestyle and choices 15
HCA 400 Health Care Assistant: Introduction to practice 30
HCA 500 A Access Healing 1 – Caring for Individuals experiencing Common health challenges 60
HCA 600 A Access Healing 2 – Caring for individuals experiencing Cognitive or mental challenges 45
HCA 700 A Access Healing 3 – Personal care and assistance 80
HCA 800 A Access Practice experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care 105
HCA 900 A Assisted Living/Preceptorship 30
Total 440 hours

Fee Structure

Domestic Students

Application Fee $250
Tuition Fee $3150
Text Books $175
Course Materials $75
Total $3650


International Students

Application Fee $250
Tuition Fee $5150
Text Books $175
Course Materials $75
Total $5650

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.

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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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