Start dates - Year 2021: February 1 / June 14 / September 27

Gateway College


This healthcare assistant program is designed to train learners to become Health Care Professionals. Our dedicated and experienced instructors will provide quality education with hands-on training to prepare students for the real world. Students will practice their techniques in labs equipped with articulated mannequins, hospital beds, medical gear and fixtures. Furthermore, students will participate at a designated facility or a hospital and interact with patients throughout the practicum training period. This healthcare assistant training program will help students learn proficiency and the confidence most needed on a job. Our graduates work in both private and publicly funded facilities and hospitals as well as a variety of community settings. These may include extended care, intermediate care, assisted living, acute care hospitals, home support, rehabilitation facilities, and group homes. HCAs work as part of a team within a health care unit under the supervision of a health care professional such as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

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Important Information
  • Course Start dates - Year 2021: February 1 / June 14 / September 27
  • Job Titles: Health Care Assistant, Resident Care Attendant, Long-term Care Aide, Home Support Worker, Personal Care Attendant, etc.
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Hours: Mon to Fri, 9 am to 3:30 pm
  • Length: 755 hours over 32 weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Traditional (In-class) or Combination (Online+On-site)
  • Campus: Vancouver, BC

Tuition and fees:

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $250 (Domestic)/ $300 (International)
  • Tuition: $2,550 (Domestic)/ $9,410 (International)

*Tuition does not include textbooks, supplies and other applicable costs

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  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age prior to starting of the study period or must be graduated from grade 12. (or equivalent)
  • Applicants must provide proof of meeting English language competency requirements. (Please refer to the language proficiency policy.)

The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:

  • Proof of meeting current immunizations/vaccinations as per health care organization policies/guidelines (or signed vaccination exemption form, except TB)
  • Criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults *
  • First Aid
  • CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
  • FoodSafe Level 1 (or a course deemed equivalent)
  • Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) E-Learning Modules

* Additional Police Certificate from the country of origin, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults, is required for international students.

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Upon successful completion of the Health Care Assistant program, students will be granted the following credentials:

  • Health Care Assistant Diploma
  • Dementia Certificate
  • Medication Administration Certificate
  • HCA Acute Care Certificate
  • Provincial Violence Prevention Certificate
  • *Eligibility to register with the "BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Program Schedule

  • Week 1-21 (On-campus*, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Theory courses
  • Week 22-25 (On-campus, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance (lab training)
  • Week 26-32 (On-site, variable 40 hours a week schedule): Work Experience courses

*In-class instruction Delivery only