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

HCA Program Costs: First College offers a fully inclusive program that includes the HCA Course, CPR, First Aid, Food Safe, and Student Practice Education Core Orientation(SPECO). Our goal is to keep your education process as streamlined and inexpensive as possible WITHOUT sacrificing quality instruction and student success support.

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

From August 18, 2017 To May 18, 2018 (Evening Class)

Theory and Lab Course
Dates: August 18, 2017 - March 10, 2018
Hours: Friday To Sunday 14:30-21:00(Or 15:00-21:30)

CPR/First Aid/Food Safe/Student Practice Education Core Orientation(SPECO)
Dates: October 6 2017 - October 13, 2017

Practice Education (Practicums)
Dates: March 11, 2018 - May 15, 2018
Hours: Saturday & Sunday & Monday 07:00-15:00; Tuesday 15:00-23:00

Graduation Week (Student Completion and Career Strategies)
Dates: May 17 & 18, 2018
Hours: 09:00-16:00

Detailed Subjects: 
475 Hours Theory and Lab (6 hours per day)
36 Hours CPR/First Aid/Food Safe/Student Practice Education Core Orientation(SPECO)
210 Hours Practicum in Complex Care (8 hours per day)
60 Hours Practicum in Assisted Living (8 hours per day)
11 Hours Student Completion and Career Strategies


Admission Requirements:

1. Applicants must be 19 years of age or older

2. Underage students must have written consent from their legal guardian.

3. 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.

4. All applicants must provide one piece of photo government issued identification.

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

Program Requirements:

1. Immunization Record
All students accepted into the Health Care Assistant Program have been sent documentation regarding health status and immunization policies.

2. 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.

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. In Season Flu Shot

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

Notes: First College will offer 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.


CPR/First Aid/Food Safe/Student Practice Education Core Orientation: VCH, PHC, FHA, PHSA, VIHA, IH (SPECO) (36 Hours)

HCA1 – Health and Healing: Concepts of Practice (70 Hours)
HCA2 – Health 1: Interpersonal Communications (50 Hours)
HCA3 – Health 2: Lifestyles and Choices (30 Hours)

HCA4 – HCA: Introduction to Practice (30 Hours) 
HCA5 – Healing 1: Caring for the Individual Experiencing Common Health Challenges (115 Hours)
HCA6 – Healing 2: Caring for the Individual Experiencing Cognitive Decline (60 Hours)
HCA7 – Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance (120 Hours) 
HCA8 – Clinical Experience in Complex Care and Cognitively Challenged Areas (210 Hours)
HCA9 – Clinical Experience in Assisted Living and/or Home Support (60 Hours) 
HCA10 – Student Completion and Career Strategies (11 Hours)