Program Information

TRU offers the Health Care Assistant Certificate program following the Health Care Assistant Provincial Curriculum.

You can begin the program on the Kamloops campus in September or January. You also have the option to begin the program in February at the Williams Lake campus. Alternatively, TRU is able to offer you the option to complete this program in different locations across BC through a regional centre.

This seven-month program is designed to prepare you to work as a supervised Health Care Assistant. The skills you learn can be applied in the community within care facilities, assisted living facilities and private homes. You will be trained to help older adults meet their basic physical, emotional, environmental and social needs while providing practical assistance to help your client be as independent as physically and mentally possible.

Learn about:

  • Basic anatomy
  • Communication skills
  • Human physiology
  • Health challenges including cognition

Program costs

Costs are approximate and subject to change


HEAL 1000 Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
HEAL 1010 Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice
HEAL 1050 Health 1: Interpersonal Communication
HEAL 1100 Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
HEAL 1150 Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
HEAL 1200 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
HEAL 1250 Practice Experience in Home Support and Assisted Living
HEAL 1300 Practice Experience in Multi-Level and Complex Care
HEAL 1350 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges

Note: HEAL 1100 Intro to Practice course meets the out of province and international applicant requirements for BC Care Aide Registry.

Students will join an HCA cohort for this course only. The days of the week and time of the course will vary according to the HCA program schedule. Course registration is available only when space permits.

Please contact the Future Students Team (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) by email at or by phone at 250-828-5006 if you are a prospective student looking for information about course dates, tuition fees and how to apply to TRU.