Acute Care


Program Description

Building on the foundational skills and knowledge gained from completing a Health Care Assistant Program, students can take this advanced training in acute care to work in a hospital setting. In this part-time program, students broaden their skill-set in monitoring the health status of acute care patients, becoming aware of any changes from treatments and interventions, and increased confidence with using equipment commonly used for acute care patients.

After completing this program, students will have further developed their ability to deal with immediate response situations by applying their skills and knowledge in a practicum placement in an Acute Care unit with a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

  • 100 hours of theory + lab
  • 70 hours of clinical practicum at Vancouver General Hospital

Program Summary


3.5 Weeks


July 16, 2019 - August 30, 2019


7 Credits




Classroom: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Practicum: Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm


70 hours 

Career Path

Health Care Assistants who complete advanced training in Acute Care can work in a hospital setting and are capable of dealing with immediate response situations. Various hospital settings include:

  • Medical or surgical units
  • Burns and plastics
  • Ambulatory Care Units
  • Acute Care for Elders
  • Palliative Care Units
  • Neurological units

Admission Requirements


  • HCA certification from a recognized training program
  • Registration of the BC Care Aid and Community Care Worker Registry
  • Currently employed as an HCA with a minimum of 100 hours in the past 12 months
  • Minimum 500 cumulative hours employed in the past 3 years (not including practicum hours)
  • Current resume
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

Acute Care Modules


Module Names


Module A

Preparatory Module

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Module B

Acute Care Settings

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Module C

Specialty Areas and Related Skills

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Module D

Common Health Challenges & Related Skills

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Module E

Delegated Tasks

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*Please note: 4 credits are earned after completing the five modules.

Tuition & Fees






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Total Cost:


*Please note: all costs for books and supplies are included in the tuition.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

For more information, please contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328