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Our Program

Resident Care Attendant

Health Care Assistant (HCA)

27 Week Diploma, 7 Week Clinical Placement Included
Training in health and healing for common patient types.

The Industry

Demand for health care and social assistance services has been increasing dramatically with population growth and an aging demographic in BC and Canada (Statistics Canada, 2011). Since 1997, employment levels in BC’s healthcare sector have grown by 28%, a growth rate greater than the average for all industries (20%). With the need to control healthcare costs and provide quality, effective care, there is a push to deliver more services within the home (Accenture, ‘Healthcare Game Changers’, 2011), creating more demand for  Resident Care Attendants and Health Care Assistants all across BC.

Summary of our Healthcare Program

To cater towards this continuous growing demand for healthcare professionals, Brighton College offers a diploma program in the healthcare field. Students can earn a Health Care Assistant (HCA) diploma.

In this program, students will learn industry-required skills through both class and laboratory experiences, preparing them for occupations at hospitals, residential facilities, foster care facilities, group homes and long-term care facilities.

  • The Health Care Assistant program delivered by Brighton College is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  • Graduates of the Health Care Assistant delivered by Brighton College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Please Note:

  • Clinical students must complete Foodsafe, First Aid and WHMIS prior to their first clinical placement.
  • Students are held responsible for transportation to and from any clinical training sites.
  • Typical clinical shifts are as follows:
    • Day: 7am – 3pm
    • Evening: 3pm – 11pm
    • Graveyard: 11pm – 7am
    • Weekend shifts
  • Shift length may vary from 7.5 hours/day to 12 hours/day.
  • Clinical placements vary and are subject to availability.
  • Some clinical sites may require extra CRC and/or TB testing which is to be done at the student’s expense.

“Smaller class sizes at Brighton College helped me  participate more in the class activities and I had more opportunities to interact with the teacher and my classmates. At the end of my program, I was sent to Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam to do my work experience term. I am very happy that a few weeks after I graduated, I got a job offer from Dufferin Care Centre. Looking back at this experience, I would recommend this program to any student interested in health care!”