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.
After students have completed the work in this course, students will be able to:
- 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://urls.bccampus.ca/5vi. 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
Note: All skills are taught in such a way that both facility and community contexts are
Required text and materials
This is a companion course to HLTH 1051. If you did not take HLTH 1051 and do not already own
the required materials, you will need to purchase them. To do so, you may send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1.888.663.1653. (toll free in Canada) or 250-852-7000 (local and
- Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support
Worker. 4th edition Elsevier/Mosby Inc. 2018.
Type: Textbook ISBN:
- Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., Workbook to accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook
for the Support Worker. 4th edition Elsevier/Mosby Inc. 2018.
Workbook 2. ISBN: 9781771721271
- Mosby Inc. Mosby's Nursing Assistant Video Skills. Mosby Inc. 4th edition
Elsevier/Mosby Inc. 2015.
Type: Online Access Code, ISBN 9780323581899
Package ISBN: 9780323688512 (*the custom package includes all items listed above)
*It is possible to complete this program with the 3rd edition of the text package.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
|Assignment 1: Case Studies
|Assignment 2: Case Studies
|Quiz (Lesson 1 - 5)
|Final Examination (mandatory) (Lesson 6 - 12)
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.
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.