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.
Upon completion of the HCA Program, graduates will be able to:
- Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client.
- 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.
- Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges.
- Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges.
- Interact with other members of the health care team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients and families within a variety of community and facility contexts.
- Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner.
- Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
- 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
- Grade 12 or mature student of 19 years of age or
- Must meet the English language proficiency as set by the B.C. Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry: http://www.cachwr.bc.ca/Documents/English- Language- Competency_HCA-Program-Entry.aspx
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
|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|