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.
Currently the Health Care Assistant program has 97% graduate employment rate, 270 hours of practicum placement, 6 month program, flexible schedule.
Earn up to $25.00* per hour as a Health Care Assistant
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank
Prior to acceptance:
a. Proof of Grade 12 graduation or mature student status (19 Years or older) AND
b. Candidates with following language benchmarks;
Applicants Whose First Language is English
Evidence of one of the following:
*Educational institutions may conduct their own predictive validity studies to confirm appropriate cut scores
Applicants whose First Language is not English:
Evidence of one of the following:
In cases where applicants already hold Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) results (testing with the last 2 years), the following minimum scores will be accepted: Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 6, Writing 6.
Additional Criteria – English Language Competency Requirements
To confirm the appropriate level of English proficiency, Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) Report Cards (also may be known as ESL Student Progress Reports) would need to specify that an applicant’s current language level (“CLB levels now”), as “Completing” CLB Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7 and Writing 7 AND that the “Recommended Class Placement for Next Term/Course” as Speaking 8, Listening 8, Reading 8 and Writing 8.
It is important for educational institutions to have a process in place to confirm that the CLB PT has been conducted by a qualified assessor at a licensed site. Please find information about HCA English Language Proficiency Tests and Authorized Assessment Centre Locations at the following link:
To support educational institutions in ensuring applicants meet Registry English language competency requirements, the following criteria have been put into place:
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)
|Anguilla||Falkland Islands||Montserrat||United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)|
|Antigua||Fiji||New Zealand||United States of America (USA)|
|Australia||Ghana||Seychelles||US Virgin Islands|
|Belize||Guyana||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Bermuda||Irish Republic||St. Lucia|
|British Virgin Islands||Jamaica||St. Vincent|
|Cayman Island||Kenya||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Canada*||Malta||Turks and Caico Islands|
*Applicants educated in Quebec at an institution where the language of instruction was not English, must meet the current English language proficiency requirements.
Notes for Admission:
The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:
a) Proof of meeting current immunizations / vaccinations as per health care organization policies / guidelines (or signed vaccination exemption form, except TB)
b) Criminal record check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults
c) Standard First Aid
d) CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
e) Foodsafe Level 1
f) Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) E-Learning Modules
Full Time: 745 Hours/24 weeks
Part Time: 745 Hours/37 weeks
|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|
|1||Registration Fee||$250||Domestic Students|
|1||Tuition Fee||$9000||International Students|
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
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To become a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in British Columbia, you typically need to complete a recognized HCA training program and obtain certification from the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. The training program can vary in length but usually takes between 6-10 months.
HCAs provide essential care and support to clients who need assistance with their activities of daily living, including personal hygiene, mobility, and feeding. They may also assist with medication administration and other healthcare-related tasks as delegated by a nurse or other healthcare professional. HCAs work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and home care.
Yes, it is possible for an HCA to become a nurse. However, the path to becoming a nurse typically involves further education and training, such as completing a nursing program and obtaining a nursing license. Some HCAs may choose to pursue a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) after gaining experience in the healthcare field.
The length of the HCA program can vary depending on the specific program and educational institution. However, most programs take between 6-10 months to complete and include both classroom and practical training.
Working as an HCA can be physically and emotionally demanding, as the job involves providing care and support to clients who may have complex medical needs or disabilities. HCAs may also work in fast-paced, high-stress environments, such as hospitals or long-term care facilities. However, many HCAs find the job to be rewarding and fulfilling, as they are able to make a positive impact on the lives of their clients.
Yes, HCAs can work in hospitals as well as in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and home care settings. However, the specific job duties and requirements can vary depending on the healthcare setting.
To become an HCA with no experience, you will need to complete an HCA training program that is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. These programs typically include both classroom and practical training, and can range in length from 6-10 months. After completing your training program, you will need to obtain certification from the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry and pass a criminal record check.
The salary for HCAs in BC can vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and employer. According to the most recent data from WorkBC, the median hourly wage for HCAs in BC is $25.50. The hourly wage can range from $19 to $31 per hour or more, depending on the specific employer and location.
To pass an HCA interview, it's important to prepare by researching the job duties and requirements, as well as the specific healthcare setting and employer. Be prepared to discuss your qualifications, experience, and skills related to the job. Practice answering common interview questions and be ready to give specific examples of how you have dealt with challenging situations in the past. It's also important to demonstrate your enthusiasm and passion for the role.
To become a healthcare assistant in BC, you typically need to complete an HCA training program that is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. After completing the training program, you will need to obtain certification from the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry and pass a criminal record check. Additionally, some employers may require previous experience or additional certifications or training.
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