Course Overview

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program is designed to enable the students to develop the essential knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as frontline care givers and respected members of the healthcare team, in community and facility settings. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, students learn to provide person-centered care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of clients/residents. A graduate from our Health Care Assistant program will be fully competent and confident in performing skills in a variety of settings including acute care, health care facilities, private community agencies and individual homes. While graduates primarily work with older individuals, this may vary depending on the work setting.

Course Details

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program is an innovative and Interactive thirty-two week journey to a career that is in high demand and can truly make a difference in the lives of individuals. By learning skills focused on health promotion, illness prevention, healing and wellness, students become enveloped in a holistic approach to health care, both personally and professionally. Students learn to maintain the health, safety, comfort, independence and well-being of individuals and families while working at a caring and rewarding career. The First College Advantage is that we offer a full-time program that features evening & weekend classes, highly qualified & passionate instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes, as well as FREE training in First Aid, CPR, FoodSafe, SPECO (Student Practice Education Core Orientation), and an Employment Preparation workshop to ensure our students are prepared to enter the workforce.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

First College admits applicants on a first-qualified basis, whereby applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

1. Applicants who have reached the age of 19 years.

2. Proof of completion of Grade 10, including Grade 10 English from a Canadian Secondary School. NOTE: Students who were not educated in Canada must provide certified proof (in English) of completion of the equivalent of Grade 10 in their country of origin, or proof of successful completion of a minimum of two years of full-time study in a school and country where English is the primary language.

3. The language of instruction at First College is English. Students must have strong skills in English communication, reading, writing, listening, and comprehension. Non-native English speakers must meet the BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Programs – Minimum English Language Competency Requirements as outlined at:

Program Requirements:

1. A Criminal Record Check Clearance
A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office. First College’s admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General’s Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter.

2. Immunization Record
Documentation of immunization status that meets Practice Education Guidelines for BC.

3. A Tuberculin Skin Test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) performed by CDC or physician
A tuberculin skin test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) is done to see if you have ever been exposed to tuberculosis (TB). The test is done by putting a small amount of TB protein (antigens) under the top layer of skin on your inner forearm. Please contact Travel Medicine & Vaccination Centre.
Address: 115C-1835 Gordon Drive, Capri Centre, Kelowna BC V1Y 2H4
Phone: 250.868.9797

4. Medical Exam
First College will provide the Medical Exam Form

Scheduling & Pricing

Health Care Assistant Diploma Program $7,500.00
Which Includes:
Tuition Fee $6,795.00
Registration/Application Fee $150.00
Textbooks, Course Materials, Others $555.00

Note: First College will provide FREE training in CPR, First Aid, Food Safe, and Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.

HCA Program Upcoming Schedule:

March 22, 2018 to November 10, 2018
(Full-Time Evening Classes – 32 Weeks Without Breaks, 35 Weeks with Breaks)
Theory Courses (355 Hours)
Dates: Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Sunday, Saturday, July 14, 2018, inclusive
Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 1500 to 2130
Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO)
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lab Course (120 Hours)
Dates: Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Sunday, August 19, 2018, inclusive
Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 1500 to 2130

CPR/First Aid Course (16 Hours)
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, 2018 (subject to change based on instructor availability)

Food Safe Course (8 Hours)
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 (subject to change based on instructor availability)
Practice Education:
26 shifts in Complex Care or Multi-Level Care (210 hours)
Approximate dates: Thursday, August 30, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
Hours: Thursday and Friday (evening shifts), Saturday and Sunday (day shifts)
(Number of shifts, dates and times are subject to change based on placement site availability)

Notes: Clinical Placement (Instructor-led) 150 hours - 5 Weeks; Practicum/Preceptorship 60 hours - 2 Weeks
7 shifts in Assisted Living, Home Support or Group Home (60 hours)
Approximate dates: Between Thursday, October 25, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018
Hours: Monday to Sunday (day or evening shifts – students must be available for all shifts)
(Number of shifts, dates and times are subject to change based on placement site availability)

Notes: Practicum/Preceptorship 60 Hours - 2 Weeks
Free Employment Preparation
Dates: Saturday, November 10, 2018
First College will provide employment resources for students, including resources to prepare a resume, a covering letter, and interview preparation after students complete the Program.

Breaks/No Classes
Easter – Friday, March 30, 2018 to Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusive  
Canada Day – Friday, June 29, 2018 to Sunday, July 1, 2018, inclusive  
Labour Day – Friday, August 31, 2018 to Sunday, September 2, 2018, inclusive  
Thanksgiving – Friday, October 5, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018, inclusive  
Notes: All dates are subject to change. Students will be notified by email and by Instructors in advance of any changes.