This course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills
within the parameters of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) role. The course is comprised of
supervised laboratory and clinical practice experiences which will assist you in integrating
theory from other courses. This allows students to develop caregiver skills that maintain and
promote the comfort, safety, and independence of individuals in community, residential
facility, and acute care contexts.
- 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
- Provide personal care and assistance within the parameters of the Health Care Assistant
- Provide care and assistance in ways that maintain safety for self and others in a variety
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Curriculum Guide 2015, 31-32. Province of British Columbia. https://opentextbc.ca/hcasupplement/. Licensed under Creative Commons
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- Problem Solving when Carrying Out Caregiving Procedures
- Asepsis and Prevention of Infection
- Promoting Comfort and Rest
- Promoting Personal Hygiene
- Moving, Positioning and Transferring a Client/Resident
- Bed Making
- 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
The following textbook bundle would have been purchased in HLTH 1051. Students who did not
take HLTH 1051 and/or don't already own the required textbook bundle, will need to purchase
it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at email@example.com or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC),
and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
- 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.
Type: 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.
Students in the Health Care Assistant Program must achieve a minimum grade 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.
You must pass each course to continue in the program. All courses must be completed within 3
years of initial course enrolment.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain COM (complete) for the
competency based portions in the course. You must also achieve a satisfactory on every skill
evaluated to achieve a COM (complete) in the course. You will be required to complete a
minimum of 35 hours of lab experience and 40 hours in a clinical setting during this