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.
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.
“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!”