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Health Care Assistant

The following changes will be applicable to students applying for the Fall 2020 intake:

  • The requirement of a passing grade in BC English 11 or BC Communications 12 (or equivalent);
  • The information session will be optional

The next available intake for this program will be Fall (September 2020)

Note: Current immunization records are required prior to placement in a clinical or practice course. Students are responsible for all costs related to immunization. Failure to have acceptable immunization documentation at the time of placement or clinical practice course may jeopardize completion of the program.

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 (HCA) program is a full time certificate program. The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to function as caregivers in a variety of healthcare settings.

Program courses and labs are enhanced by practice experiences in community, complex care and home support facilities. During the final practicum component of the program, there is a distinct clinical opportunity to work an gain experience in an acute care setting. Students will be prepared to meet the care needs of adults who may be experiencing diverse and often complex health and illnesses.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to register with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.

The Health Care Assistant program is guided by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. To work as a registered health care assistant, graduates must meet the required competencies and standards set by CACHWR. More information can be found at the following links:

Requisite Skills and Abilities

New Graduate Competencies

Role and Mandate