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Health Care Assistant (HCAP) Program

Quick Facts about the KPU Health Care Assistant (HCAP) Program


Beginning Fall 2019, classes will be offered at both Langley and Surrey campuses as a pilot for the September 2019 intake.

Beginning Fall 2019, Health Foundations students entering the Health Care Assistant program will be given credit for HCAP 1121 with the completion of HEAL 1100, and HCAP 1130 with the completion of HEAL 1150.

The Health Care Assistant (HCAP) Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to function as a front-line caregivers in a variety of health care settings, including acute care, complex care, and home support. The graduate is prepared to meet the care needs of adults who may be experiencing diverse and often complex health and illness challenges.

Health Care Assistant graduates promote and maintain the health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being of individuals and families. HCA's provide personal care assistance and services in a caring manner that recognizes and supports the unique needs, abilities and backgrounds of clients and residents. They work as members of a health care team in a variety of settings with direction and supervision from other health professionals.

Why enrol in KPU's HCAP Program?

  • The KPU HCAP program provides students with a unique clinical opportunity to experience supporting people living with Alzheimer's in a specialized care unit.
  • The students will have a variety of experiences over the program length, including classroom, laboratory, simulations, complex care, and home support facilities.
  • The program provides a distinctive clinical opportunity for students to experience acute care in their final practicum.

To make the Health Care Assistant program more accessible, whilst keeping in line with the BC Health Care Assistant Registry and other educational institutes, we're lowering the program's English requirements:


  • BC English 11 with a minimum grade of B; or Communications 12 with a minimum grade of B.

* New requirements will be published in the 2018-19 Academic Calendar in June 2018.

Note: The new admission requirements only apply to applicants educated in an English-speaking environment for 7 non-consecutive years of elementary or secondary school, or applicants educated in an English-speaking environment for 4 consecutive years of secondary or post-secondary school. Applicants who were not educated in an English-speaking environment must still satisfy the IELTS, TOEFL, or CAEL testing requirements in the 2017-18 HCAP Academic Calendar.

Register for a mandatory Health Care Assistant (HCAP) Program Information Sessions