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Thompson Rivers University

HLTH 1101: Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice

This course provides an introduction to the role of the Health Care Assistant within the British Columbia health care system. Students are introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of the HCA within the system. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

Learning outcomes

  • Display an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Health Care Assistants within the health care system in British Columbia.*
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of the health care team.*
  • Function in a responsible, accountable fashion recognizing legal and ethical parameters of the Health Care Assistant role.*
  • Apply self-reflection and self-appraisal processes in order to recognize and respond to your own self-development needs as a care provider.*
  • Confidently conduct a job-search process.*

*From: Ministry of Advanced Education. (2015). Health Care Assistant Program: Provincial Curriculum Guide 2015, 36-37. Province of British Columbia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license (

Course topics

  • Workplace Settings and contexts
  • Teamwork in Health Care Setting
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Professional Approaches to Practice
  • Self-reflective Practice
  • Employability Skills

Required text and materials

Students will need to source the following on their own:

  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., (2018) Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. (4th edition) Elsevier/Mosby Inc.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9781771720434
  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., (2018) Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. (4th edition) Elsevier/Mosby Inc.
    Type: Workbook. ISBN: 9781771721271
  1. Mosby Inc. Clinical Skills: Skills for Nurse Assisting. (1st edition). Elsevier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Online Access Code. ISBN: 9780323581899

Note: The above resource can be purchased directly from the publisher.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

Students in the Health Care Assistant Program must achieve a minimum grade of 70% on the mandatory final exam and in the course overall. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in each required theory course and a COM (complete) for the competency based portions of laboratory and practicum courses to pass the program.

Students must pass each course to continue in the program. Students cannot re-write failed assessments and, if unsuccessful on a second attempt at any course, will be asked to withdraw from the program.

All Program courses must be completed within 3 years of initial course enrolment.

Quiz (Lessons 1 - 3) 25%
Assignment 1: Ethics Case Study 10%
Assignment 2: Self-Reflective Practice 15%
Assignment 3: Resume Project 20%
Final Examination (mandatory) (Lessons 4 - 8) 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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