Program Description

In this 9-month certificate program, learners prepare for an exciting career as a frontline caregiver working in a variety of health care and community-based settings such as community home support, assisted living, complex and long-term care, and special-care areas. Through a combination of theory and hands-on clinical work experience, learners gain the skills and knowledge required to provide the highest standard of personal-care and assistance for their clients.

In addition to meeting the learning outcomes of the Provincial Health Care Assistant Program Curriculum, the HCA program at NEC uses the Indigenous Wellness Model to promote culturally appropriate care for Elders, Indigenous Peoples and communities.

Graduates of the HCA program are eligible to register with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and become a Certified Health Care Assistant. To learn more about this certification, please visit the BC Care Aide & Community Health Registry.

This program is open to both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students.

Contact our Student Advisor for more information.

Program Summary

Length

9 months

Offered

September to July

Credits

25.0

Credential

Certificate

Format

Full-time

Schedule

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Practicum

11 weeks of clinical work experience

Transferability

-  Any BC Post-Secondary recognized by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry

-  Access to Practical Nursing (LPN) program offered at any post-secondary in British Columbia

- Acute Care Certificate 

Certificates Included in Program

- First Aid and CPR Level C
- FOODSAFE Level I
- Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
- WHMIS

 

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

The HCA Certificate Program provides many career options for graduates, these include but are not limited to:

  • Direct employability within various specialty areas such as: complex-care, assisted-living facilities, community home support agencies, and long-term care.  
  • Transferable to Access to Practical Nursing Programs (LPN) within BC
  • Advanced HCA Programs: Acute Care, Mental Health, Palliative Care

Admission Requirements

High School Applicants

  • English 10 or written assessment, if transcripts are unavailable or outdated (Native English speakers)*
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

Mature Applicants

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older) with a minimum of English 10 or equivalent.
  • Interview with Program Manager

Note: All applicants must meet the English language requirement, as per the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.  If transcripts are unavailable or outdated; and for more information: Refer to the minimum English Language Competency Requirements as specified by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.

Optional Requirement

  • Letter from family physician stating applicant is in good physical and psychological health (as per Program Manager request)

Post-Acceptance Requirements

The following requirements must be met prior to the clinical placement:

  • Proof of a Negative TB Test
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations: (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Flu shot)
  • Criminal Record Check
  • First Aid and CPR Level C
  • FOODSAFE Level 1
  • Completion of Non-Violence Crisis Intervention online course

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