Health Care Assistant and Communication

Program Overview

This program is ideal for international students, or new immigrants whose do not speak English as a first language. It is also suitable for students without a health care background who are not familiar with medical terminology.
Year 1 - offers Progressive English Training, which will help you achieve the necessary language requirement to enter the second year.
Year 2 - provides Health Care Career Training, which includes training in medical terminology, and skills and knowledge in taking care of young, mothers, elderly, family, and those with disabilities and chronic illness.
If language proficiency requirements are met, applicants can apply and may be directly accepted into the second year.

Student with minimum language requirement can directly join year 2 without the first year

    • HCA COMMUNICATION YEAR 1

    Hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 3:00pm
    Length: 32 weeks or 864 hours
    Delivery Mode: Traditional (In-class)
    Campus: Vancouver, BC
    Start dates- Year 2020: Every Monday

    Tuition and fees:

    Non-refundable Application Fee: $250 (Domestic)/ $300 (International)
    Tuition: $8,600 (Domestic)/ $10,990 (International)
    *Tuition does not include textbooks, supplies and other applicable costs

     

    Admission Requirements:
    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to start of the study period, or must be graduated from grade 12. (or equivalent)
    • Acceptable Criminal Record Check report, or complete the Consent to a Criminal Record Check form at Gateway College

     

    Language Competency Requirement
    • Not required

     

    Program Overview

    Intensive English Program
    • This program includes 27 hours of weekly instruction on the necessary components of ESL acquisition and via a practice. Students will also be included in a weekly activity that will further enhance their English skills and cultural experiences in Canada. Business Communication
    Business communication
    • This Business communication course is designed for students who need to use English in their work environment. It is also designed for adult students who will be entering the business world at the end of their studies. Our instructor will take students through an intensive 8-week course and will introduce you to many stimulating, current and realistic communicative activities that will make students more effective in the world of English-speaking business.

     

    Course List
    • Intensive English I
    • Intensive English II
    • Intensive English III
    • Business Communication
    Program Schedule
    • Week 1-32 (On-site, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm): ESL Class

    If language proficiency requirements are met, applicants can apply and may be directly accepted into the second year. At any point, language proficiency requirements are met during Year 1, student can transfer credit and enroll into Year 2.

    • HCA COMMUNICATION YEAR 2

    Hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 3:00pm
    Length: 1,055 hours over 33 weeks
    Delivery Mode: Traditional (In-class)
    Campus: Vancouver, BC
    Start dates - Year 2020: January 6 / May 4 / September 14
                                Year 2021: January 25 / May 24 / September 30

    Tuition and fees :

    Non-refundable Application Fee: $250 (Domestic)/ $300 (International)
    Tuition: $4,800 (Domestic)/ $12,355 (International)
    *Tuition does not include textbooks, supplies and other applicable costs

    Program Overview

    Part I: Medical Terminology and Communications in Health Care

    This course is designed for students who have no medical background or for those who are in the health care profession and would like to improve their medical terminology and communication skills in Health Care. These knowledge and skills are vital part of the communication process in the health care and will further improve delivery of care to residents in acute or community settings. The unique approach and combination of word building principles combined with the knowledge of Basic Anatomy and Physiology coupled with health care focused communication training will provide exceptional learning experience.

    Part II: Essential Skills for Caregivers

    This course has been developed mainly to train a caregivers/support worker who are going to work with infant/children with carious physical and emotional abilities or status. Caring for an infant provides a valuable service to the mother because it enables her to have more time and energy for herself and her family. The learners will have extensive knowledge of taking care of young and mothers and how to work with family.

    Part III: Health Care Assistant – Accelerated

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

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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.)
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    Language Proficiency

    English Proficiency Test Overall Score Speaking Listening Writing Reading
    IELTS ** 5.5 5.5 5.5 5 5
    TOEFL (IBT) ** 56 15 15 13 13
    CLBPT * n/a 6 6 5 5
    CELPIP ** n/a 6 6 5 5
    CELBAN ** n/a 6 6 5 5

    * 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 and Communication – Year 2 program, students will be granted the following credentials:

    • Health Care Assistant & Communication 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.

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    What to expect- Program Schedule

    • Week 1-10 (On-campus, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Theory courses
    • Week 11-22 (On-campus, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Theory courses
    • Week 23-26 (On-campus, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm): Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance (lab training)
    • Week 27-33 (On-site, variable 40 hours a week schedule): Work Experience courses
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    Health Care Assistant Program Outline

    • Medical Terminology (Basic Word Structure, Organization of the Body, Suffixes, Prefixes, Medical specialists and case reports)
    • Caring for Mother and Infants.
    • Caring for Young
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Growth and Development
    • Working with Clients and their families
    • 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, Netiquette) *
    • Acute Care (Acute Care Settings, Roles of HCA in Acute Care) *
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    Courses

    • Medical Terminology
    • Essential Skills for Caregivers
    • 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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