• Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program


    Care aides and community health workers are also known as health care assistants or HCAs. They are frontline care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings including home support agencies and residential care facilities.


    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 8-month HCA Health Care Assistant Diploma Program prepares students to become top notch care givers. 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.

    Contact an Academic Advisor for More Information Today!

    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. Also, Health Care Assistant (HCA) program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

    What are your future opportunities?

    • Quickly get a job in Health Care System - As a Health Care Assistant with the Registration Number

    • The Entry Level Salary From $19.50 To $26.95 Per Hour


    Program Highlights:

    • Flexible Course Schedule - 3 days a week
    • Earn a HCA Diploma while
    continue to work

    First College will provide FREE training opportunities in CPR, First Aid, Food Safe, and Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.

  • Program Information

    Admission Requirement

    First College admits applicants on a first-qualified basis, whereby applicants must meet one of the following 2 admission criteria plus proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements*.


    1. The student has graduated from Grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction; or


    2. The student has mature student status (is 19 or older before the start of classes) and has demonstrated evidence at the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy, comprehension and/or written skills to enable successful completion of the program.


    3. Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements* (HCA Program - English Language Competency Self-Declaration Form)


    Students must have strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as satisfactory and active English comprehension skills. All applicants must meet the English Language Competency requirements. Please download the Program Admission Rrequirement for more details.

    Course Information:

    HCA 001 – Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice
    HCA 002 – Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
    HCA 003 – Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
    HCA 004 - Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
    HCA 005 – Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
    HCA 006 – Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
    HCA 007 – Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
    HCA 008 - Practice Education Experience: Multi-level/Complex Care Facility Placement including Specialized Dementia Care
    HCA 009 – Practice Education Experience: Home Support/Assisted Living/Group Home

    Practice Education Requirements:


    Requirements are due prior to the first day of Clinical Placement, the Student Service Department will assist you with obtaining necessary documentation.


    1. A Criminal Record Check Clearance

    A criminal record check must be obtained from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office. Criminal Record Check *not through RCMP.

    Link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm

    Access Code: BDHTPXUY7K, Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults.

    2. Immunization Record

    3. A Tuberculin Skin Test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) performed by CDC or physician

    4. Medical Exam


    *Note: International applicants will also be required to submit a criminal record check clearance from their country of origin.

  • Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program Cost

    Student Loan Available
    Students will receive $500.00 CAD off for September 2021 intake (Domestic Students).



    Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
    Tuition Fee - $7,795.00 CAD
    Course Materials Fee - $455.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $100.00 CAD

    Total Cost: $8,500.00 CAD


    Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
    Tuition Fee - $9,580.00 CAD
    Assessment Fee & Administrative Fee - $300.00 CAD
    Course Materials Fee - $455.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $100.00 CAD

    Total Cost: $10,585.00 CAD

  • 2021/2022 Date and Schedule

    September 10, 2021 to May 6, 2022

    (32 Weeks Without Breaks, 35 Weeks with Breaks)

    Monday to Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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