Health Care Assistant HCA

Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma Program

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma 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.

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.

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.


The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in BC. 
First College is on the list of educational institutions that offer recognized Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in British Columbia.

What we provide:
• Flexible Course Schedule - Day & Evening & Weekend Classes
• Highly Qualified & Professional Instructors
• Scholarship and Subsidy Available
• Small Class Size With State-of-the-Art Lab Facilities

What is your future opportunity? 
• Quickly get a job in Health Care System
• The Entry Level Salary From $18.50 To $26.50 Per Hour

What you will receive:
• Eligibility for the BC HCA Registration number
• You will be prepared offer your expertise and caring assistance to our friends and family with complex needs and all of our seniors
• All certifications necessary to be employed within the BC Health Care System

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