Health Care Assistant Certificate

Education, Health & Human Development, School of Allied Health


Program Highlights

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program combines theory courses, lab skills and clinical practicums in real-world health care settings.

Students learn to provide personal care to clients and residents in complex care, specialized dementia care, selected acute care settings and in the community.

The HCA certificate is an 8-month full-time program offered in an accelerated program that students can complete in 7 months of study.

Classes are taught by experienced health professionals who share their stories about clinical practice.

  • Provide person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident or client
  • Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual wellbeing of clients/residents and families
  • Provide safe, competent and organized care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing complex physical, cognitive and/or mental health challenges
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and sensitively with clients/residents and other members of the healthcare team to contribute to the achievement of goals and effective working relationships
  • Perform the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner recognizing and responding to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs


Campus Terms Full/Part Time
North Vancouver Spring Full-Time
Sunshine Coast Fall Full-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$1,954 $663 $2,616
Total$1,954 $663 $2,616

Program Requirements and Outlines

Required Courses

HCA 100 Healthy Lifestyle 1.50 credits
HCA 101 Concepts for Health Care 3.00 credits
HCA 102 Communications for Health Care 1.50 credits
HCA 103 Anatomy & Physiology 4.00 credits
HCA 104 Health Care Work Role 1.50 credits
HCA 105 Dementia & Mental Health Care 2.00 credits
HCA 106 Personal Care Nursing Skills 3.00 credits
HCA 110 Complex Care Practice 3.00 credits
HCA 112 Home Support/Assisted Living 1.00 credits
Required Courses Credits Required 30.00

Program Notes

Graduation requirement: Students must obtain at least a B- grade in each theory course (HCA 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 and 105) and a credit in HCA 106, 110 and 112.

Important Dates


Fall 2018

Application & Document Deadline

September 4

Course Registration & Waitlisting

July 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

August 27

NOTE: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12); or be a minimum of 18 years of age with a minimum of Grade 10 English; or obtain Mature Student status
  • Applicants must meet the English Language Competency requirements as specified by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. See the Admission Notes on the program website for a complete listing of the English Language Competency requirements for this program:
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
  • Covering letter (stating reasons for wishing to apply to this program), resume and 3 written reference letters. Criminal record check required, see Admission Notes.


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Student Information Services

Admissions Advisor
604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230

School of Allied Health

604 984 4960
604 984 4993 (fax)
Cedar Building, room 342