Health Care Assistant Program

Health Care Assistant Program Chilliwack by Gateway College
Start dates - Year 2020: January 13 / May 11 / September 21
                           Year 2021: February 1 / Jun 14 / September 27

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Healthcare Assistant Program Overview

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.

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
Length: 32 weeks or 755 hours
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


    Admission Requirements

    • 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,

    • 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
    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.

    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.


    • 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

    Healthcare Assistant Program Outline

    • Concepts for Practice (theory, roles, law, organization)
    • Interpersonal Communications (empathy, medical terms)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (intro to body systems)
    • Lifestyle and Choices (activities of daily living)
    • Personal Care Skills (hygiene, comfort, simple treatments)
    • Caring for Common Health Challenges (life cycle)
    • Mobility Techniques (body mechanics)
    • Pharmacology (assisting with medication delivery)
    • Gerontology (study of aging process, demography)
    • Cognitive and Mental Health (including addictions)
    • Dementia (causes, stages, behaviors, Alzheimer’s Disease)
    • Palliative Care (end-of-life care, pain management, grieving)
    • Family Dynamics (culture, diversity, domestic violence)
    • Nutrition (menu planning, diet, Canada’s Food Guide)
    • Safe Work Practices (infection control, fire safety)
    • Assault Response (defensive and preventive skills)
    • Professional Development (transitions, employment skills)
    • Basic Computer Skills (Word Processing, Email, Internet Search, etiquette) *
    • Acute Care (Acute Care Settings, Roles of HCA in Acute Care) *


    • Health and Healing: Concept for Practice
    • Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
    • Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
    • Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
    • Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
    • Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
    • Heating 3: Personal Care and Assistant
    • Practice Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living
    • Practice Experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care

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