Course Description



The HCA Program is designed for students who want to become registered Health Care Assistants (HCAs). Health Care Assistants are frontline care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings. HCAs aid in the basic care of patients under the direction of physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff. They provide care and supervision in protective and supportive environments for clients/residents who have complex health challenges. Through this course, the students will gain skills and experience, first working in the classroom and lab and then during a practicum.

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, and other home and community care settings.

Program Duration

Lecture Length = 20.5 Weeks
Practical Experience = 5.5 Weeks

Total: 26 Weeks

Create Career Opportunities

  • Home Support
  • Assisted Living
  • Complex Care
  • Special Care Units

Potential Earning

Academic Admission Requirement

English Requirement

All BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants who are non-native English speakers will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Course Listing

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as an HCA. The courses focus on concepts of caring and person-centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the Province of British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and the development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of caregiving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have the opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with ageing. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health, and, in particular, to end-of-life care.

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. The emphasis in this course is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety, and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.

This supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals experiencing cognitive challenges. The opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a continuing care family.

This practice course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. The opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency and gain abilities that will prepare graduates to assume the role of a Community Health Worker.


Start Dates


June 22, October 19

Class Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CLASS 1:30PM to 6:30PM 1:30PM to 6:30PM 1:30PM to 6:30PM 1:30PM to 6:30PM 1:30PM to 6:30PM
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