BIG NEWS! As of June 2015 The Health Care Assistant Program delivered by NEC Native Education College has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Effective September 2016, NEC will be implementing the HCA Provinicial Curriculum 2015 into all the HCA courses. Graduates of the Health Care Assistant delivered by NEC are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

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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 (2015) 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

This course will focus on developing effective interpersonal communication skills, employ a variety of communication tools, and learn effective conflict resolution strategies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Please Note:

  • 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.

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.

Please Note:

  • 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.

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.

Please Note:

  • 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.

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.

Please Note:

  • 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 meeting English Language Competency Requirements:

  • English 10 or equivalent or CAAT test, if transcripts are unavailable or outdated (for native speakers of English)
  • Standardized English language proficiency test score (for non-native speakers of English)
  • For additional information on these requirements, provide a link to the English Language Competency Requirements: http://www.cachwr.bc.ca/Documents/English-Language-Competency_HCA-Program-Entry.aspx
  • A letter from your Family Physician stating the applicant is in good physical and psychological health may be requested

 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
  • Completion of First Aid/CPR Level C and FOODSAFE Level 1
  • Completion of Non-Violence Crisis Intervention Online Course

For more information, contact Pooran Qasimi, Health Sciences Program Manager at pqasimi@necvancouver.org or call 604-873-3761 extension 307.

What is a Health Care Assistant?

  • HCA is also known as Community Care Worker, Residential Care Attendant, Home Support Worker, Residential Care Aide, Long-Term Care Aide, Home Health Aide, Personal Care Aide or Continuing Home Care Assistant
  • Health Care Assistant provides personal care and assistance to elders or others who are suffering from illness, who may be acutely ill, or have a lack of functioning or cognitive impairment
  • Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, a HCA provides safe, competent, and person-centered care that promotes and maintains the physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being of clients
  • A HCA is a valued and important member of the health care team
  • HCAs may choose to be employed in a community care setting, residential care facility, or private health care company

Faculty Qualifications

  • Current full or non-practicing registration with CLPNBC, CRNBC or CRPNBC
  • Minimum two year, full time nursing experience (1 year=1400 hour), including experience working with older adults with complex health needs, experience or orientation in home support and multi-level/complex care.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach adult learners (PID diploma equivalent education or previous teaching experience with satisfactory references and student course evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and work experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge of and successful experience with Aboriginal adult instructional methodology is an asset.

Employment Prep

Students will receive a number of employment preparation and individualized supports including assistance with: 

  • Job Search Strategies
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills

Employers

Graduates will be able to practice in a variety of settings including community home support agencies, adult day care, group homes, assisted living, and residential care facilities. The NEC is working in partnership with a number of agencies to create placement and clinical experiences for our students including: 

  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Providence Health Care
  • Squamish Nation Health Department
  • Vancouver Native Health Society
  • Pacific Association of First Nations Women

Need Help With Tuition?

Financial assistance is available to students in the form of scholarships and bursaries, loans and other funding options. Contact Admissions for more information.

Learn More About Financial Aid

Questions?

For more NEC Program information visit the Admissions section or call

1 (604) 873-3772 ext. 328