Program Description:

The HCA Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line care-givers and respected members of the health care team. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centred care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being of clients. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of practice settings including home support, assisted living, residential/complex care, special care units, other home and community care settings and acute care.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:


Upon completion of the HCA Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client.
  2. Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of clients and families.
  3. Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges.
  4. Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges.
  5. Interact with other members of the health care team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  6. Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients and families within a variety of community and facility contexts.
  7. Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner.
  8. Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
  9. Perform the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner.



Career Opportunities: Upon completion of the program, the graduates are prepared to work in many settings including home support, assisted living, adult day care, complex care, and special care units.


Program Duration: 745 Hours


Delivery Method: Onsite Delivery


Instructional Method: Instructor led. This course is delivered face-to-face


Admission Requirements:


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

  • Standard First Aid & CPR
  • Criminal record check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults.
  • All the online orientation courses required by the Health Authority, including fit
  • Immunization as required by sites of practice education and recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control: diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.


Health Program Outlines



Name of Course Program Hours
HCA 1010 – Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice 30
HCA 1020 – Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice 70
HCA 1030 – Health 1: Interpersonal communication 50
HCA 1040 – Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices 30
HCA 1050 – Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common

Health Challenges

HCA 1060 – Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive

or Mental Challenges

HCA 1070 – Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance 120
HCA 2010/2020 – Practice Experiences in a Multi-level or Complex Care 210
HCA 2030 – Practice Experience in Home Support and Assisted Living 60
Total Hours 745