What you will learn
Upon completion of the Health Care Assistant Program, graduates will be able to:
- Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client.
- Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of clients and families.
- Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges.
- Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges.
- Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients and families within a variety of community and facility contexts.
- Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner.
- Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
- Perform the care-provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner.
What to expect
The program is divided into four terms. The theory component is delivered through class discussion groups, student presentations, lectures, online activities, demonstrations and guest speakers. Students apply the theory in the laboratory, clinical and practicum settings. Instruction in professional communication skills is provided throughout the program to support success in students' studies and the workplace.
- High School Graduation
- 18 years of age or older
- English Language Proficiency, as required by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry
- Completion of the VCC English Language Declaration form
- English Language Proficiency is demonstrated by one of the following:
- English 10 minimum C grade, or equivalent
- IELTS: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
- TOEFL IBT - Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
- A police check from the applicant's country of origin.
To be Completed During Term 1:
- Standard First Aid (Red Cross or St. John Ambulance) including current CPR level C or BLS.
- CPR certificates expire one year from the date of issue. Current status is required for all clinical and practicum experiences.
- Criminal Record Check
- Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate.
- TB Screening
- Within the first term, students must submit a negative TB skin test. If the TB skin test is positive, a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
- An Immunization Record must be completed
- Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended and in some case may be required for practicum placements:
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella
- Varicella (Chicken pox)
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (annually)
- N95 Respiratory Mask
- An N95 respirator mask that is individually fitted by a trained provider, following CSA guidelines.
- The individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning the program. Mask fitting must be done annually. Students are responsible for the cost of the mask fitting.
- The original certificate must be presented to the department on the first day of class.
- Please see Respiratory Mask Fit Testing Information
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
- A genuine concern for the well-being of others.
- Patience and perseverance.
- Flexibility, trustworthiness, and dependability.
- High standard of personal hygiene and grooming.
- Physical stamina.
- No sensitivity or allergy to latex.
- Ability to work in environments where standards of conduct may be different from one’s own.
|HRCA 1161||Communications for Health Care Assistants 1||3|
|HRCA 1162||Information Technologies for Health Sciences||2|
|HRCA 1191||Interpersonal Communications||3|
|HRCA 1190||Lifestyle and Choices||1.5|
|HRCA 1140||Common Health Challenges 1||1.5|
|HRCA 1192||Introduction to Practice||1.5|
|HRCA 1163||Impacts of Colonization on the Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous People||1.5|
|HRCA 1261||Communications for Health Care Assistants 2||3|
|HRCA 1181||Personal Care & Assistance 1||4|
|HRCA 1183||Health & Healing||3.5|
|HRCA 1240||Common Health Challenges 2||4.5|
|HRCA 1135||Clinical 1||2|
|HRCA 2161||Communications for Health Care Assistants 3||3|
|HRCA 1291||Cognitive and Mental Challenges||3|
|HRCA 2140||Common Health Challenges 3||3.0|
|HRCA 1293||Personal Care & Assistance 2||4|
|HRCA 2135||Clinical 2||3|
|HRCA 2261||Communications for Health Care Assistants 4||2|
|HRCA 2291||Advanced Communication Skills for Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges||3|
|HRCA 2240||Common Health Challenges 4||2|
|HRCA 2235||Clinical 3||6|
|HRCA 2265||Community Practicum||3|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
Tuition Deposit: $11,000
Tuition deposits are payable usually within two weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.
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0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||550|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.
OPEN DATE APPLICATION STATUS*
- Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
- Closed: Applications are not accepted.
- For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.