Health Care Assistant Certificate
Education, Health & Human Development, School of Allied Health
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
Tuition and Fees Per Year
Program Requirements and Outlines
|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|
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.
Application & Document Deadline
Course Registration & Waitlisting
Fee Payment Deadline
NOTE: Dates are subject to change.
- 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: http://www.capilanou.ca/hca/Health-Care-Assistant-Certificate-Admission-Requirements/.
- 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.
Have questions about this program? Get in touch with an admissions advisor.