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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 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.

This program is 27 weeks in duration:
20 weeks instruction, 5 weeks clinical placement and 2 weeks 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;
  • Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements: (for native speakers of English) English 10 or equivalent or one of the following: College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English by post secondary institutions (must produce transcripts, minimum 'C' grade); Canadian Adult Achievement Test: reading comprehension 35/50, spelling 23/32; Language Placement Index: three individual scores (sentence structure, English usage and reading comprehension) must total a minimum of 20/40, essay level 4, minimum essay score of 24/40; Accuplacer: Grade 10 or higher; (for non-native speakers of English) Standardized English language proficiency test score of one of the following: TOEFL IBT only (taken within the last 2 years): 76 overall, speaking and listening 20, reading and writing 18; IELTS (taken within the last 2 years) 6 overall, speaking and listening 6, reading and writing 5.5; CLBPT (taken within the last 6 months) listening 7, speaking 7, reading 6 and writing 6; CELPIP Academic or General aggregate score of 4L; speaking and listening 4L, reading and writing 3H; CAEL 60 overall with no section less than 50.

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  • 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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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
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