What you will learn
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:
- Practice within acute care settings in a professional, ethical, and legal manner.
- Utilize a problem solving approach to provide safe client care under the supervision of a nurse.
- Demonstrate basic observation and reporting skills while providing care for a client.
- Communicate effectively with members of the health team regarding client status.
- Provide appropriate nutrition for surgical and/or acute care clients who are on special diets.
- Respond appropriately and within the Health Care Assistant scope of practice to common medical emergencies.
- Effectively manage client pain.
- Establish appropriate relationships with clients and members of the health care team.
What to expect
This program is divided into three courses. The first course consists of theory related to the care of acutely ill patients. The theory component is delivered through discussion groups, student presentations, demonstrations, and lectures. Students apply the theory component in the second course which features care skills being taught and practiced in the nursing skills laboratory. During the lab sessions students will practice on each other. The third course is a clinical experience in an acute care setting, where students have the opportunity to apply knowledge or skills from the first and second course.
Health Care Assistant Certificate, or equivalent, from a BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry recognized educational institution:
An equivalent Health Care Assistant certificate may be submitted to be reviewed by the Continuing Care department leader.
Minimum of 800 hours experience as a Health Care Assistant in a complex care facility within the last three years, or its equivalent, as confirmed by a letter from the employer.
- Current BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry number.
- Standard First Aid (Red Cross or St. John Ambulance)
- Current CPR level C or HCP certificate
- A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with 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 this program should be aware that some practicum placement in hospitals and schools may require completion of a Criminal Records Check indicating no relevant criminal record. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online.
- Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB Chest x-ray is required.
- A completed VCC Health Sciences 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:
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (Flu vaccine) - required annually
- 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.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 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.
- Skilled in providing personal assistance to clients
- Effective command of oral and written English
- Ability to work under close supervision
- Ability to act with initiative
- Physical stamina
- Ability and willingness to adapt to changing shifts
- Ability to work in a fast paced health care environment
- Free from latex sensitivity or allergy
Program general hours
Wednesday and Thursday in the afternoon or evenings. The clinical experience at the end of the program will run for two weeks, Monday to Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
|HRCA 1325||Acute Personal Care & Assistance||1.5|
|HRCA 1320||Working in Acute Care||4.5|
|HRCA 1331||Acute Care Clinical||2|
These courses are a prerequisite to Course HRCA 1331 Acute Care Clinical.
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* 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*
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* 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. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
VCC Registrar's Office
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V5T 4V5