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. 
  • If language proficiency requirements are met, applicants can apply and may be directly accepted into the second year.

Comprehensive Health Care and Communication Courses

Embark on a satisfying journey into the heart of healthcare with our Health Care and Communication courses. Designed to cultivate technical expertise and effective communication in healthcare, these programs are integral to our commitment to comprehensive healthcare education. Whether you are in Year 1 or Year 2, our courses prioritize the essential link between healthcare and communication, recognizing it as a cornerstone for success in the dynamic healthcare industry.

Intake Dates

Year 2024: Every first week of the month


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


  • 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
  • English Proficiency is NOT required

TUITION AND FEES ►  Contact Us   *Scholarship is available

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.


Program Overview


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.


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.


This part is the accelerated version of the Health Care Assistant and Geriatric Care with Co-op 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.

Intake Dates:

Year 2024: April 26 / July 01 /  September 09


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 3:00pm
Length: 1,055 hours over 33 weeks
Delivery Mode: Traditional (In-class) or Combination (Online+On-site)
Campus: Vancouver, BC                 

TUITION AND FEES ►  Contact Us   *Scholarship is available


  • 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.)


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
CAEL ** 50 40 40 40 40
CLBPT * n/a 6 6 5 5
CELPIP ** 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.


  • 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) *


    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 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. 

Effective Communication in Healthcare: A Vital Skill Set

Effective Communication in Healthcare: A Vital Skill Set

Effective communication is not just a skill; it's a fundamental asset in healthcare. Our program specializes in honing this skillset, recognizing its pivotal role in fostering trust, promoting patient well-being, and ensuring seamless collaboration within healthcare teams. From mastering empathetic listening to clear and concise expression, our Effective Communication in Healthcare module prepares students to navigate the multifaceted communication demands of the healthcare environment.

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Effective Communication in Healthcare is more than a learned skill; it is a fundamental asset crucial to successful healthcare. Within our program at Gateway College, we uplift the significance of this skillset, acknowledging its pivotal role in shaping positive patient outcomes and fostering a collaborative healthcare environment. The emphasis on Effective Communication in Healthcare goes beyond mere verbal exchange; it extends to mastering empathetic listening, a cornerstone for building patient trust and rapport. Clear and concise expression, another facet of our comprehensive module, ensures that healthcare professionals can convey critical information accurately, reducing the risk of misunderstandings.
In our Effective Communication in Healthcare module, students delve into the intricacies of communication within the healthcare context. They learn to navigate the multifaceted demands of conveying complex medical information clearly while maintaining a compassionate and patient-centered approach. This emphasis on empathetic communication promotes patient well-being and enriches the overall healthcare experience for patients and healthcare teams.

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Health Care and Communication Courses: Building Bridges to Success

Our Health Care and Communication Courses are meticulously crafted to equip aspiring healthcare professionals with the skills needed to excel in their careers. In Year 1, students delve into the foundational aspects of effective communication in healthcare, understanding the nuances that contribute to positive patient outcomes. Year 2 builds upon this foundation, refining and expanding communication skills in the context of complex healthcare scenarios.

Health Care and Communication Courses: Building Bridges to Success

Benefits of our Health Care and Communication Courses

  • Holistic Skill Development:

    Our courses integrate technical expertise with effective communication, providing a well-rounded skill set crucial for success in healthcare.

  • Real-world Application:

    Through hands-on learning, students gain practical experience applying effective communication strategies in various healthcare settings.

  • Career Advancement:

    The ability to communicate effectively is a key factor in career progression. Our courses empower students to stand out in a competitive healthcare landscape.

Elevate your professional journey with the power of communication in service excellence

Are you prepared to enrich your service-oriented skills through our Service and Communication Advancement Program? Reach out to us today to delve deeper into the world of impactful Service and Communication Courses. Uncover the transformative potential these programs hold for your success in the service industry. Connect with us to embark on a rewarding journey with top-notch Service and Communication Courses.

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