HCA

Program Description

In this 11-month certificate program, learners prepare for an exciting career as a frontline caregiver working in residential, community and complex care facilities. Through a combination of theory, lab, and practicum, learners gain the skills and knowledge required to provide the highest standard of personal care that promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being for clients. In addition to meeting the Provincial Health Care Assistant Program Curriculum learning outcomes, the HCA program at NEC uses the Indigenous wellness model to prepare learners with knowing how to provide appropriate care for Elders, Indigenous families, and people with special needs.

Graduates who successfully complete this program can become a Certified Health Care Assistant by registering with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. To learn more about this certification, please visit the BC Care Aide & Community Health Registry.

Contact our Student Advisor for more information.

Program Summary

Length

11 months

Offered

September to July

Credits

25.0

Credential

Certificate

Format

Full-time

Schedule

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Practicum

11  week unpaid work experience

Transferability

- Any post-secondary in BC recognized by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry

- Transferrable to a bridging program: Access to Practical Nursing program offered at any post-secondary in British Columbia

 

University Transfer

The Health Care Assistant Certificate program is transferrable to any post-secondary in British Columbia recognized by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. In particular, this certificate program is transferrable to a bridging program, such as the Access to Practical Nursing program offered at any post-secondary in British Columbia.

Career Path

Our graduates find jobs with different employers including community home support agencies, assisted living facilities, complex care, and residential care facilities. Specific jobs may include:

  • Resident Care Aide
  • Community Health Worker
  • Perioperative Health Care Assistant
  • Home Care Aide
  • Health Care Worker

Admission Requirements

High School Applicants

  • English 10 or written assessment, if transcripts are unavailable or outdated (Native English speakers)*
  • Standardized English language proficiency test score (non-Native English speakers)*
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

Mature Applicants

  • 21 years old or older
  • Completed written assessment with 65% or higher
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

*Note: Click here for more information about the minimum English Language Competency Requirements.

Optional Requirement

  • Letter from family physician stating applicant is in good physical and psychological health

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Attendance at program orientation session
  • Criminal records check
  • Updated immunizations: Negative TB Skin Test / Chest X-Ray, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Flu shot

Course Schedule

Term 1 - September

HCA 100

Introduction to Practice

2.0

HCA 110

Health & Healing Concepts for Practice I

3.0

HCA 120

Lifestyle & Choices

2.0

HCA 130

Interpersonal Communication

2.0

HCA 140

Personal Care & Assistance (with Lab)

4.0

HCA 150

Common Health Challenges I

4.0

 

Term 2 - January

HCA 110

Health & Healing Concepts for Practice II

 

HCA 130

Interpersonal Communication

 

HCA 140

Personal Care & Assistance (with Lab) II

 

HCA 150

Common Health Challenges II

 

HCA 160

Cognitive & Mental Health Challenges

2.0

 

Term 3 - April

HCA 180

Instructor-led Complex Care – 4 Weeks

2.67

HCA 170

Community Care/Assisted Living – 2 Weeks

1.33

HCA 190

Complex Care Preceptorship – 5 Weeks

2.0

 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition

$6,700.00

Fees

$150.00

Books

$268.00

UPass

$25.00

Total Cost

$7,569.00

 

For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
604.873.3772 Ext. 328
admissions@necvancouver.org