Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Program Information

The TRU HCA Certificate program follows the Health Care Assistant Provincial Curriculum.

This program is offered in Kamloops in the Fall and Winter semesters as well as on the Williams Lake campus. The program is also offered elsewhere throughout the region as required.

Intake dates

The HCA program offers two intakes per year:

  • September to March
  • January to July

This 27-week program is designed to prepare the graduate to function, under supervision, as a Health Care Assistant. Learned skills will be applied in the community utilizing care facilities, assisted living facilities and private homes. The focus will be on training the health care worker to assist the older adult in meeting his/her basic physical, emotional, environmental and social needs. Students learn to provide practical assistance to help maintain the client's maximum independence within the limits of his/her ability. 

The January 2018 HCA program begins on January 8, 2018 - Orientation Day and January 9, 2018 - first day of classes and runs until July 19, 2018, the last day of classes.  

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.