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.
Scheduling & Pricing
Health Care Assistant Diploma Program $7,500.00
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
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
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.*
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
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:
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
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.