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The purpose of the Health Care Assistant program is to develop advocates and role models for the paraprofessional areas of Human Services and Healthcare in the community. (i.e., to set new standards in the knowledge base / training provided to those who support people in residential care.)

This 7-month diploma program is designed for those who wish to qualify as a Health Care Assistant in a variety of health and human service agencies. The program also includes 2 weeks’ preceptorship. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and workshops facilitated by specialized industry experts and work experience placement at various governments, non-profit, institutional and community-based care agencies throughout the lower mainland. The college will arrange the students for First Aid (CPR), WHIMS, and FOODSAFE training before clinical placements and preceptorship. The successful completion of all courses (including 7-week clinical placement) is required for program graduation.

  • The Health Care Assistant program delivered by Brighton College has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  • Graduates of the HCA program delivered by Brighton College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

The program duration is 27 Weeks:
19 Weeks theory, 5 Weeks clinical placement, 2 weeks preceptorship, 1 week CPR/Food safe/WHMIS

The theory class is 20 hours per week:
20 hours lecture & discussion

Admission Requirements

High school diploma(or equivalent) or mature student status
Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements:
Native English speakers:
Requirement: English 10 or equivalent;
Evidence of one of the following:
1. Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or
2. College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
3. Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50 Spelling 23/32
4. Language Placement Index (LPI): The three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20, out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40
5. Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher

Non-native English speakers:
Requirement: Standardized English
language proficiency test score;
Evidence of one of the following test scores:
1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be within the last two years, IBT only -- Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General -- test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
3. Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be within the last six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6
4. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General -- Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing
5. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50

Consent for the following pre-practice experience requirements:
• Proof of up-to-date immunizations
• Certificate of good health, TB x-ray clearance report
• Successful completion of a criminal record check

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The Program consists of 10 courses, which will be taught 5 hours per day, for a total of 25 hours. Seven of the 10 courses are experiential classroom based lectures and workshops. One week students will be arranged outside or in-house training to complete WHMIS, FOODSAFE and First Aid (CPR) Training.

HCA100, 50 Hours | Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of caregiving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communications, Active listening, Self Awareness
HCA210, 30 Hours | Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Teamwork, Job Search Strategies, Self Reflection
HCA220, 70 Hours | Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and personcentred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Empathy, Problem Solving, Communications
HCA230, 30 Hours | Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Self Awareness, Concept Application, Healthy Living
HCA310, 115 Hours | Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Symptom Identification, Problem Solving, Empathy
HCA320, 60 Hours | Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Symptom Identification, Solution Development, Empathy
HCA330, 120 Hours | Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Lab Skills, Communication, Situation Analysis
HCA800, 210 Hours | Clinical Placement
An on-site clinical placement provides the students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical skills learned in the classroom. The clinical placement offers the student experience and allows them to perform appropriate care to their assigned residents. Students will receive an opportunity to observe professionals in practical situations. Students will acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students will receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
HCA350, 60 Hours | Community-based Preceptorship
The preceptorship involves a period of final work experience required for graduation from the HCA program in which students perform actual clinical or other professional care-giving procedures in an appropriate healthcare setting under the immediate supervision of a single, fully qualified individual. The instructor is readily available for consultation with either the student or preceptor.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
Students will be arranged for the CPR, Food Safe, WHMIS and BC Specific Provincial Violence Prevention trainings which are required for their work experience placement. Each single certificate of them will be granted upon successful training completion.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Certifications in WHMIS, Food Safe Level 1 and CPR, Interview Skills, Writing