This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance
skills within the parameters of the Health Care Assistant role. The course will assist the
student to integrate theory from other courses and develop a theoretical understanding of
care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals
in community and facility contexts.
- Describe how to perform personal care skills in an organized manner ensuring the comfort and
appropriate independence of the client/resident.*
- Apply an informed problem-solving process to the provision of care and assistance.*
- Describe how to provide personal care and assistance within the parameters of the Health Care
- Identify how to provide care and assistance in ways that maintain safety for self and others
in a variety of contexts.*
*From: BC Ministry of Advanced Education. (2015). Health Care Assistant Program: Provincial
Curriculum Guide 2015, 43-44. Province of British Columbia. https://opentextbc.ca/hcasupplement/. Licensed under Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)
- Problem-Solving when Carrying Out Caregiving Procedures
- Asepsis and Prevention of Infection
- Promoting Personal Hygiene
- Moving, Positioning, and Transferring a Client/Resident
- Promoting Exercise and Activity
- Promoting Healthy Nutrition and Fluid Intake
- Promoting Urinary and Bowel Elimination
- Measuring Vital Signs
- Heat and Cold Applications
- Assisting with Oxygen Needs
- Assisting with Medications
- Home Management
- Personal Assistance Guidelines
Required text and materials
The following materials would have been purchased in HLTH 1051. Students who did not take HLTH
1051 and/or don't already own the required materials, will need to purchase them. To do so,
please contact Enrolment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or
1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000
- Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., (2018) Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the
Support Worker. (4th edition) Elsevier/Mosby Inc.
Type: E-Textbook. ISBN:
- 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.
- Mosby Inc. Clinical Skills: Skills for Nurse Assisting. (1st edition). Elsevier/Mosby
Type: Online Access Code. ISBN: 9780323581899
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 email@example.com 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.
|Assignment 1: Case Studies
|Assignment 2: Case Studies
|Quiz (Lesson 1 - 5)
|Final Examination (mandatory) (Lesson 6 - 12)
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.