Health Care Assistant – Accelerated Program

Health Care Assistant Course Chilliwack by Gateway College
Start dates Year 2021: March 29 / August 2 / November 29
                           Year 2022: T.B.A.

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Program Overview

This program is the accelerated version of the Health Care Assistant program in Gateway College. Students receive the same training and credentials, but complete their studies within six months! 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 training 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, 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.

Important Information
  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.

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: 755 hours over 23 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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    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.)


    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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    LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

    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
    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.

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    WHAT TO EXPECT/ PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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

     

    • Health Care Assistant - Accelerated 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 1-12 (On-campus*, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Theory courses
    • Week 13-16 (On-campus, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance (lab training)
    • Week 17-23 (On-site, variable 40 hours a week schedule): Work Experience courses

     * In-class instruction Delivery only

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    Health Care 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) *
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    Courses

    • 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
    • Healing 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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