The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program prepares individuals to work as front-line health care providers in a variety of community and institutional settings. The program will provide individuals with knowledge and skills to function independently as health care workers and members of the health care team.
The HCA Program is designed to follow the Provincial Health Care Assistant Program Curriculum (2008) with the same learning outcomes offered at public colleges in BC. In addition to meeting the learning outcomes specified in the Provincial Curriculum, the NEC HCA Program uses an Aboriginal wellness model to prepare students to provide appropriate assistance to elders, people with special needs, Aboriginal families, and people in residential care facilities.
Upon graduation, students will receive Health Care Assistant Certification and will become registered through the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. Students will also receive all required practice Certifications and personalized help with preparing a resume, and support in the job search.
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The HCA program is a full-time program which runs for 8.5 months and is comprised of:
- Classroom Instruction: delivered through a variety of instruction methods including but not limited to: group discussion, lectures, student presentation, instructor demonstrations, workshops, and guest speakers. Classroom hours run from 09:00am – 4:30pm on Weekdays.
- Laboratory: students practice theory content learned in class while being supervised by a Registered Nurse.
- **Clinical Practicum Placements: in Home Support/Assisted Living, Specialized Dementia Care, and Multi-Level Complex Care facilities. Clinical shifts range between 06:45am – 3:00pm with some variations. The practicum runs over 10 weeks and includes day shifts, evening shifts, and some weekend shifts.
Aboriginal health and well-being content is integrated throughout the program with Elder participation, educational supplements, guest speakers, and workshops.
Job Placement Supports: resume preparation and Interview training during the program will be provided.
- Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation and traveling to and from all clinical locations
- Clinical placements will be scheduled depending on availability of staff and may require that students work a variety of shifts i.e. morning, evening, overnight;
- It may be necessary to work evenings, weekends, and holidays while completing your clinical experiences and final practicum placement.
- Proof of Grade 10 graduation or mature student status;
- Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements: English 10 or equivalent or CAAT Test (*if transcripts are unavailable or outdated). If English is an applicant’s second language, applicants may have to take a standardized English language assessment test as per the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry Minimum English Language Competency Requirements.
- Statement of Interest (1-page letter expressing why you would like to take this training)
- Names and contact information of 2 References (people who know your character in a professional or community setting such as work, school, volunteer work, elder, band office member, etc).
- Letter from your Family Physician stating the applicant is in good physical and psychological health to take on the demanding role and duties required of a health care assistant.
Upon Conditional Acceptance:
Interview with Coordinator: Students who meet the above noted Eligibility Requirements will be scheduled for an interview with the Program Coordinator to determine their suitability and readiness for this training.
Attendance at Program Orientation Session.
Criminal Records Check
Updated Immunizations including: Negative TB Skin Test/chest X-Ray, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, and Flu Shot.
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Introduction to Practice
This course will provide an introduction to the role of the HCA within the health care system. Students will learn about the different members and roles of the health care team. Students will also develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-searching approaches.
Health & Healing: Concepts for Practice
Students are provided with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. This course will provide foundational skills building in the areas of basic human needs and human development, person-centred care, family, culture and diversity. The class will also integrate Aboriginal concepts on health and healing.
Lifestyle & Choices
This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and wellbeing. Challenges and resources that impact health and wellbeing will be discussed. The class will integrate Aboriginal concepts on health and healing.
Successful Completion of Term I
This course will focus on developing effective interpersonal communication skills, employ a variety of communication tools, and learn effective conflict resolution strategies.
Personal Care & Assistance
Students will learn about providing personal care and assistance to patients in the parameters of the HCA role. This course consists of a class and a lab that will allow students to practice skills learned in class.
*Students must pass both the lab and class components to move into the Final Practicum.
Common Health Challenges
Students will learn about the different body systems and normal body changes that occur with aging. Common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system will be reviewed.
Cognitive & Mental Health Challenges
Students will learn about common cognitive challenges such as dementia, and will learn how to provide effective care to clients experiencing cognitive impairments. *A Clinical experience component might be rolled in with this course.
Successful Completion of Term I
Community Care Clinical Placement
Students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in a community care setting including home supports, assisted living, or group home locations in various communities across the Lower Mainland.
Successful Completion of Terms I and II
Complex Care Group Clinical Practicum
HCA 180 is a supervised clinical practicum experience where students will can apply knowledge and skills gained in classes and laboratory in a multi-care complex health care facility. During this placement, students will gain specialized dementia care training.
Successful Completion of Terms I and II
Final Complex Care Clinical Preceptorship
Students will be placed in a complex care clinical setting and apply the knowledge and skills learned in classes, labs, and previous clinical experiences in a care setting.
Upon successful completion of this one month final preceptorship rotation, students will graduate, receive a Health Care Assistant Certificate, and will become registered with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
Successful Completion of HCA 170 & 180