• Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program



    FREE TRAINING made possible by Community Workforce Response Grant. January 2022 HCA Cohort - Fully Supported with Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement with 24 Available Seats.

    First College HCA Students during their practice education

    First College offers an 8-month Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma Program that enables the students to develop the essential knowledge and skills to function effectively as frontline caregivers of the healthcare team. Graduates will be fully competent and confident in performing skills in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, private community agencies and individual homes.


    The upcoming January 2022 cohort is fully supported with funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement with a total of 24 available seats. The program will run from January 21, 2022 to August 31, 2022.


    Participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons (as designated under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) entitled to work in Canada. Also, participants must be at least 15 years old, living in BC with a Social Insurance Number (SIN), as well as unemployed, or employed part-time, seasonally, casually, or precariously employed, and seeking training to find a new job, preparing for changing job requirements or for new job opportunities in the community. It is also for participants who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are seeking training to obtain a job.


    Participants currently receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, and those on Income Assistance (IA), are eligible to participate in this training project if the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) has been informed.


    Participants who are employed full-time are not eligible for training. If a participant repeatedly does not complete training, that participant may become ineligible under any future grant applications.


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

    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 an HCA Diploma while
    continue to work

  • Program Information

    First College Faculty of Health Members

    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/criminalrecordcheck

    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


    Free training made possible by Community Workforce Response Grant. January 2022 HCA Cohort - Fully Supported with Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement with 24 Available Seats. (For Domestic Only)



    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

    January 21, 2022 to August 31, 2022

    (32 Weeks Without Breaks, 35 Weeks with Breaks)

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

    Information Sessions - determining applicants' eligibility for the WorkBC funding opportunity

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    In order to register to attend, participants must contact the Student Service Department (778-478-6611 or info@firstcollege.ca).

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