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Thompson Rivers University

Health Care Assistant Certificate


Gain the training to effectively provide hands-on care and support the physical, emotional, environmental and social needs of older adults. In the 27-week HCA program you will apply what you learn in care facilities, assisted living facilities and private homes in the community.

Paid work and training: The Health Care Access Program pays for your education while helping place you in a job.


There is an ever increasing need for health care assistants to help older adults in residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and in clients' private homes.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of Grade 11 minimum (Grade 12 preferred), or equivalent
  • One of: Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, Spoken Language 11, EFP Literary Studies and Writing 11, EFP Literary Studies and New Media 11, EFP Literary Studies and Spoken Language 11 with a minimum B (or equivalent)
  • English language competency for non-native English speakers (BC Health Care Assistant Programs - minimum English language competency requirements)
 If you don’t meet the requirements

You can take upgrading courses at TRU to help you meet the requirements of this program.

» Talk to a student recruiter about your options. You may be eligible for free tuition. Or learn more about upgrading.

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