Year 2024: February 26 / April 22 / July 01 / September 09 This program will comprise 19 weeks of theory courses, 7 weeks of practical training, and 12 weeks of paid Co-op experience, totaling 38 weeks in duration.

Program Overview

This program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skill of learners to work with older adults in order to effectively meet the needs of the aging population. This program will focus on gaining a greater understanding of the physical, social, cognitive and spiritual needs of the older adults, and the challenges faced by our aging population. 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 and 12 weeks of Co-op period. This training will help students learn proficiency and the confidence most needed on a job.

Quality Courses For Health Care Assistant and Geriatric Care With Co-Op

Welcome to Gateway College, where we pave the way for aspiring healthcare professionals through our comprehensive Health Care Assistant (HCA) and Geriatric Care With Co-Op programs. In the dynamic healthcare field, our Health Care Assistant Course Online/ onsite stands out as a beacon for those seeking a fulfilling career.


  1. Effective September 2016, Gateway College will be implementing the HCA Provincial Curriculum 2015 into all the HCA courses. Graduates of the Health Care Assistant delivered by Gateway College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  2. This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
  3. Student loans are available for qualified domestic students.


  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age prior to start 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.)

For applicants whose first language is English, evidence of one of the following test scores:

  • Provide transcript or proof of completion of Grade 10 English, or
  • College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English by post-secondary institutions (minimum C grade is acceptable)
  • Other tests such as Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT), Language Placement Index (LPI) or Accuplacer may be accepted.

For applicants whose first language is not English/ International students, evidence of one of the following test scores:

English Proficiency Test Overall Score Speaking Listening Writing Reading
IELTS ** 6 6 6 5.5 5.5
TOEFL (IBT) ** 76 20 20 18 18
CAEL ** 60 50 50 50 50
CLBPT * n/a 7 7 6 6
CELPIP ** n/a 7 7 6 6
CELBAN ** n/a 7 7 6 6

* CLBPT test is only available for students currently in Canada. The test result is valid for one year. (a CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.)
** The test result is valid for two years.

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, 9am to 3:30pm
Delivery Mode: Traditional (In-class) or Combination (Online+On-site)
Campus: Vancouver, BC

Length: 1010 hours over 38 weeks 

Week 1-12 : Theory courses
Week 13-16 : Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance (lab training)
Week 17-23: Work Experience courses
Week 24-26 : Theory courses
Week 27-38 : Co-op work experience


Upon successful completion of the Health Care Assistant and Geriatric Care with Co-op program, students will be granted the following credentials:

  • Health Care Assistant – Accelerated Diploma
  • Enhanced Skills – Geriatric Care Diploma
  • Dementia Certificate
  • Medication Administration Certificate
  • HCA Acute Care Certificate
  • Provincial Violence Prevention Certificate
  • WHMIS Certificate

*Eligibility to register with the “BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. 

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