PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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The purpose of the Health Care Assistant (RCA) 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 Resident Care Attendant 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 practicum 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 Food Safe training before practicum placements. The successful completion of all courses (including 7-week clinical placement) is required for program graduation.

This program is 27 weeks in duration:
20 weeks instruction, 7 weeks clinical placement/preceptorship.

Admission Requirements

18 years of age or older; High school diploma or mature student status; Proof of up-to-date immunizations; Certificate of good health, TB X-ray Clearance report; Successful completion of a criminal record check; Minimum English Requirement: Native English Speakers: English 10 or equivalent; Non-native English Speakers: IELTS 6 proof or CLBPT 7 or equivalent

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Resident Care Attendant
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
  • Career Paths
  • Residential Facilities
  • Group Homes
  • Home Support Agencies
  • Bridge to LPN/RN

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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, Food Safe and First Aid (CPR) Training. The last two courses consist of 5 weeks of clinical placement and 2 weeks of preceptorship, whereby each student will be at various government, non-profit, and community care facilities within the lower mainland.

HCA100, 2 Weeks | 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 care giving 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, 1.5 Weeks | 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, 2.5 Weeks | 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 RCA. The course focuses on the concepts of caring and person-centered 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, 1.5 Weeks | 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, 5 Weeks | 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-centered 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, 2 Weeks | 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 care giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviors and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Symptom Identification, Solution Development, Empathy
HCA330, 4.5 Weeks | 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 RCA role. The course comprises 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, 5 Weeks | Clinical Placement
An on-site clinical placement provides the students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical skills learned in the classroom. The practicum 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, 2 Weeks | Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance (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
HCA400, 1 Week | CPR/Food Safe/WHMIS and Job Search
Students will be arranged for the CPR, Food Safe and WHMIS which are required for their work experience placement. Each single certificate of them will be granted upon successful training completion. Job search is provided as well.

NOTE: Students are expected to attend during the Placement host hours of operation. This may be morning, afternoon evenings, overnights and weekends. While on practicum reliable transportation is required.

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