Course Overview

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program is designed to enable the student 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, graduates provide person-centered care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of clients/residents. A graduate from the Health Care Assistant program will be competent and confident in performing skills in a variety of settings including acute care, health care facilities, private community agencies and individual homes. While they primarily work with older individuals, this varies depending on the work setting.

Course Details

The Health Care assistant Program is an innovative and Interactive nine month journey to a career that can truly make a difference. By learning skills focused on promotion of health, wellness and healing, students become enveloped in a holistic approach to health care both personally and professionally. 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 Day, Evening & Weekend Classes Highly Qualified & Passionate Instructors State-of-the-Art Facilities Real-Time Career Opportunities Integrated Wellness & Leadership Training.

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

Notes: First College will provide FREE training opportunity of CPR/First Aid/Food Safe/Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.

HCA Program Upcoming Schedule:

From January 26, 2018 To Novermber 30, 2018 (Evening Class)
Theory Courses (355 Hours)
Dates: January 26, 2018 - July 14, 2018
Hours: Friday to Sunday 15:00-21:30 (Or 15:30-22:00)
Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO)
Dates: Between February and March 2018

Lab Course (120 Hours)
Dates: July 15, 2018 - September 14, 2018
Hours: Friday to Sunday 15:00-21:30 (Or 15:30-22:00)

CPR/First Aid Course (16 Hours)
Dates: March 10 and 11, 2018

Food Safe Course (8 Hours)
Date: April 21, 2018
Practice Education:
26 shifts in Complex Care or Multi-Level Care (210 hours)
Dates: Between September 21, 2018 and November 8, 2018
Hours:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday (day shifts); Mondays (evening shifts)
(Number of shifts and dates are subject to change based on placement site availability)
7 shifts in Assisted Living, Home Support or Group Home (60 hours)
Dates:  Between November 9, 2018 and November 30, 2018
Hours:  Monday to Sunday (day or evening shifts – students must be available for all shifts)
(Number of shifts and dates are subject to change based on placement site availability)
Employment Preparation
Dates:  To be determined
First College will provide employment resources for students, including resources in relation to preparing a resume after students complete the program.
Notes: All dates are subject to change. Students will be notified by email and by Instructors in advance of any changes.

Admission & Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

1. Applicants under 19 years of age must have written consent from their legal guardian.

2. Minimum grade 10 education or appropriate mature student status assessment. Mature students are defined as those who have accumulated sufficient work experience and/or information learning in their field of studies.

Notes: The student must have completed grade 10 in a British Columbia secondary school in any program, or the equivalent from another secondary school in Canada. 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.

3. English Language Competency for non-native speakers of English.*

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

Notes: First College will provide FREE training opportunity of CPR/First Aid/Food Safe/Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.

*Non-native English speakers:
Option A:
Seven years of education in an English-speaking environment OR proof of four consecutive years of education in an English-speaking environment at the secondary or post-secondary level
Option B:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or General within the past two years; with an overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and 5.5 in Reading and Writing.
Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) within the past six months; with minimum scores of: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6, and Writing 6.