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HLTH 1251: Practice Experience in Home Support and/or Group Setting

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunities are provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the Health Care Assistant within a Home Support Agency, Assisted Living Facility and/or Group Home, and gain abilities that prepare graduates for employment in these settings. It is important that students understand the philosophy of community care settings and its emphasis on client choice and independence.

Learning outcomes

  • Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident or client.*
  • Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of clients and families.*
  • Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges.*
  • Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges.*
  • Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.*
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients and families with in a variety of contexts.*
  • Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner.*
  • Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.*
  • Perform the caregiver role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner.*

From: Ministry of Advanced Education. (2015). Health Care Assistant Program: Provincial Curriculum Guide 2015, 31-32. Province of British Columbia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license (

Course topics

  • Preceptorship
  • Preparing for a Preceptorship
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Strategies for Success

Required text and materials

Students will need to source the following on their own:

  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J. Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. 4th edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9781771720434
  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J. Workbook to accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. 4th edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Workbook, ISBN: 9781771721271
  1. Mosby Inc. Mosby's Nursing Assistant Video Skills. 4th Edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2015.
    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.

This practice based course is graded using Complete (COM) or No Credit Granted (NCG). All evaluation components must be completed adequately as determined by the Open Learning Faculty Member. The Final (summative) Practice Appraisal will be completed by the Open Learning Faculty Member with input from the preceptor and student. Students must achieve a minimum of 3/5 on the final practice evaluation in each learning outcome to successfully pass the practice component of the course.

Assessment activities included are:

  • Participation in four telephone conferences (audio or video) between the Open Learning Faculty Member, student and preceptor
  • Completion of 3 assignments
  • Midterm Practice Appraisal (on completion of 30 hours)
  • Final Practice Appraisal (on completion of a minimum of 60 hours)

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 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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