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Program 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

Program Length – 26 Weeks 

Include 5.5 weeks of practice experience

Admission Requirements

– High School Graduate (or Equivalent)

– Mature Student or 19 Years of Age or Over on the First Day of Class

– Pass Create Career College’s English Assessment 

– Meet English Language Competency Requirements set out by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry:

Starting Dates


Certificate Received

– HCA (Health Care Assistant) Diploma

Course Breakdown

This course providers 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 a HCA. The course focuses 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 also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

This course providers an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthecare 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 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 impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have 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. Student 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 aging. 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 behaviors and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.

This practice 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 experience 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 individual 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. Opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a continuing care facility.

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.  Opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency, Assisted Living Facility and or a Group Home, and to gain abilities that will prepare graduates for employment in these settings.  It is important that students understand the philosophy of community care settings and its emphasis on client choice and independence.

Career Opportunities

Potential Earning

The average Healthcare Assistant salary in Canada is $46,668 per year or $24.65 per hour. Entry level positions start at $40,439 per year while most experienced workers make up to $60,935 per year.