Career Information

Is this health care career right for me?

The TRU Health Care Assistant Certificate program is designed to develop student knowledge, skills and values necessary to be employed as a front-line caregiver in a variety of settings including residential care facilities, home support agencies and assisted living facilities. Upon graduation from the TRU Health Care Assistant (HCA) program you will be ready to provide hands on care to older adults experiencing chronic health issues.

Graduates are prepared to function collaboratively as members of an inter-disciplinary health care team. In facilities, they work under the direct supervision of an appropriate health professional.

It is suggested that the student should be in good physical health with NO back problems. It is important that the prospective HCA demonstrate a caring and interested attitude toward older adults and physically challenged persons and be willing to work with these clients and their families to encourage independence.


The Health Care Assistant program wage scale can vary from $16/hour to $22/hour to start depending upon the facility and situation.


The Health Care Assistant program completion may offer credits towards:

Types of employers

Health Care Assistants on practicum at Kamloops Sr. Village
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Complex Care Facilities
  • Dementia Care Units
  • Adult Day Services
  • Home Support Agencies
  • Residential Care
  • Community Care Facilities
  • Acute Care Facilities
  • Hospice

Career resource links

We have listed several websites below that can help you to learn more about the Health Care Assistant program, as well as employment opportunities within Canada.