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Thompson Rivers University

Health Care Assistant Program for Regional Centres

New pilot project beginning February 2017

Study to become a health care assistant without having to move away from home. The Health Care Assistant certificate program is designed to develop student knowledge, skills and values necessary to be employed as a caregiver in a variety of settings including residential care facilities, home support agencies and assisted living facilities. Upon graduation, students will be ready to assist patients in meeting their needs.

For the first time, the Health Care Assistant program will be offered at all TRU Regional Centres at the same time. Courses, which will be offered in a blended learning format, and clinical work will all be offered in your own community. No need to move away for school!

Admission requirements

  1. Grade 11 minimum (or equivalent)
  2. English 11 73% (B)
  3. English Language Competency for non-native English speakers as per the BC Health Assistant Programs - Minimum English Language Competency Requirements

Recommendation

Volunteering or experience working with the elderly is highly recommended.

Limited admission

The HCA program is a limited admission program. In this program, admission decisions are made on a first-applied, first admitted basis, using the date by which applicants have met all the admission requirements. There are a limited number of seats available in the program and the admission process may include an admission interview, questionnaires, pre-testing, orientations and letters of reference.

Detailed information

Williams Lake Health Care Assistant Program

Class schedule

This draft overview of the calendar depicts a Monday to Friday schedule, approximately 6-8 hours per day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). There may be weekend or evening sessions required depending on class needs, instructor availability, community placement availability and requests.

February 6 - May 26 (16 weeks)

Blended theory delivery via Blue Jeans/ITV or home computer

Course Description
HEAL 1000 Lifestyle and Choices
HEAL 1050 Interpersonal Communication
HEAL 1010 Conceptions for Practice
HEAL 1100 Introduction to Practice
HEAL 1200 Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
HEAL 1350 Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
June 5 - June 23 (three weeks)

Laboratory Component (compressed Monday to Friday, 8 hour days)

Components of HEAL 1150 (lab) and HEAL 1250 can be faciliated in the students' communities via self-guided practical skill sessions and use of community facilities and preceptorship as available.

Course Description
HEAL 1150 Personal Care and Assistance (Lab, 120 hours)
June 19 - Aug. 11 (eight - 10 weeks)

Clinical practice component in Kamloops or Williams Lake complex care agencies. Shift will be days/evenings, 8-hour shifts, Monday - Sunday pending placement agency availability

Components of HEAL 1150 (lab) and HEAL 1250 can be faciliated in the students' communities via self-guided practical skill sessions and use of community facilities and preceptorship as available.

Course Description
HEAL 1300 Practice Experience in Multi-Level and Complex Care (210 hours)
HEAL 1250 Practice Experience in Home Support and Assisted Living (60 hours)