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.
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: https://www.cachwr.bc.ca/getattachment/Educators/English-Language-Competency_HCA-Program-Entry.pdf.aspx
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
4. Medical Exam
First College will provide the Medical Exam Form
Scheduling & Pricing
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:
(Full-Time Evening Classes – 32 Weeks Without Breaks, 35 Weeks with Breaks)
Lab Course (120 Hours)
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)
Notes: Clinical Placement (Instructor-led) 150 hours - 5 Weeks; Practicum/Preceptorship 60 hours - 2 Weeks
Notes: Practicum/Preceptorship 60 Hours - 2 Weeks
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