What you will learn
Upon completion of the HCA 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 two levels. Each level consists of theory, laboratory practice and clinical experience. The theory component is delivered through discussion groups, student presentations, lectures, online activities, demonstrations and guest speakers. Students apply the theory component in the laboratory and clinical settings.
Level one (15 weeks, 20.5 credits) is taught in the classroom, laboratory, and a clinical experience in a complex care facility. This level introduces a basic framework for care-giving practice in the continuing care setting. The concept of caring is the focus.
Level two (16 weeks, 18.0 credits) is taught in the classroom and laboratory, as well as a complex care clinical and a community practicum. This level provides advanced skills to care for persons with dementia and/or mental illness and lab skills for care-giving in various contexts, including acute care. The clinical and practicum components consolidate the application of learning into care-giving practice.
All BC Health Care Assistant program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency as set by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. VCC will adhere to the entry requirements set out by the Registry at:
- Proof of completion of Grade 10 English or equivalent.
- Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirement as set by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
- Standard First Aid (Red Cross or St. John Ambulance) including CPR level C or Health Care Provider CPR.
- BC Food Safe Certificate Level 1.
- A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act through the BC Ministry of Justice.
- Regulations stipulate that a properly fitted respiratory mask must be used when providing care to patients with suspected, known, or probable cases of acute respiratory infections. The respiratory mask must be a N95 respirator that is individually fitted by a trained and certified person. This individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning your program and is good for one year and must be performed annually. The original certificate must be presented to your program during the first week of classes. Please view online list of approved fit test service providers. Fit Test Service Providers
- Submission of a negative tuberculosis (TB) skin test. If the TB skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
- A completed immunization history (forms and more detail obtained per Registrar's Office).
- Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended, and may be required for practice placement in the program. Immunization Form
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (Flu vaccine) —required annually
All BC Health Care Assistant program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency as set by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. VCC will adhere to the entry requirements set out by the Registry at: https://www.cachwr.bc.ca/Documents/Educators/English-Language-Competency_HCA-Program-Entry_2018.aspx
- English 10 with a passing grade, or equivalent
- English Language Proficiency, as required by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry
- Completion of VCC Health Care Assistant Program's Self-Declaration form
- Standard First Aid (Red Cross or St. John Ambulance) including current CPR level C or Health Care Provider CPR
- CPR certificates expire one year from the date of issue. Current status is required for all clinical and practicum experiences.
- BC FOODSAFE Certificate Level 1
- Criminal Record Check
- In accordance to the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to the program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record check.
- TB Screening
- Within six months of the start of the program, 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.
- 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.
- Ability to work under direction and to act with initiative as a member of the health care team
- A genuine concern for the well-being of others
- Patience and perseverance
- Flexibility, trustworthiness, and dependability
- Ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English
- High standard of personal hygiene and grooming
- Ability to use problem-solving approach
- Physical stamina
- No sensitivity or allergy to latex
- Ability to work in environments where standards may be different from one's own
|HRCA 1190||Lifestyle and Choices||1.5|
|HRCA 1191||Interpersonal Communications||3|
|HRCA 1192||Introduction to Practice||1.5|
|HRCA 1181||Personal Care & Assistance 1||4|
|HRCA 1182||Common Health Challenges 1||3|
|HRCA 1183||Health & Healing||3.5|
|HRCA 1184||Clinical 1||3|
|HRCA 1293||Personal Care & Assistance 2||4|
|HRCA 1291||Cognitive and Mental Challenges||3|
|HRCA 1292||Common Health Challenges 2||3.0|
|HRCA 1294||Clinical 2||6|
|HRCA 1391||Community Practicum||2|
* 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*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
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0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||280|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
* 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.
Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.