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.
- 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
- Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges.*
- Provide care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health
- 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
- Perform the caregiver role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional
From: Ministry of Advanced Education. (2015). Health Care Assistant Program: Provincial
Curriculum Guide 2015, 31-32. 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/)
- Preparing for a Preceptorship
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Strategies for Success
Required text and materials
This is a companion course to HLTH 1051. Please be aware if you did not take HLTH 1051 and
don't already own the required materials you will need to purchase them. To do so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1.888.663.1653.
- 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:
- 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.
Workbook, ISBN: 9781771721271
- Mosby Inc. Mosby's Nursing Assistant Video Skills. 4th Edition . Elseivier/Mosby
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 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.
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
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.