Health Care Assistant Program for Regional Centres
Next intake: February 2019
Study to become a health care assistant without having to move away from home. The Health Care Assistant certificate program is designed to develop student knowledge, skills and values necessary to be employed as a caregiver in a variety of settings including residential care facilities, home support agencies and assisted living facilities. Upon graduation, students will be ready to assist patients in meeting their needs.
The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program will be offered at all TRU Regional Centres simultaneously through a blended learning delivery model including face-to-face, online and teleconferencing. Courses, through blended delivery, and clinical work will all be offered in your own community. No need to move away for school!
Please note: The blended delivery format requires consistent access to technologies such as a strong internet connection. Some travel for lab and clinical placements may also be required.
- Grade 11 minimum (or equivalent)
- English 11 73% (B)
- English Language Competency for non-native English speakers as per the BC Health Assistant Programs - Minimum English Language Competency Requirements
Volunteering or experience working with the elderly is highly recommended.
The HCA program is a limited admission program. In this program, admission decisions are made on a first-applied, first admitted basis, using the date by which applicants have met all the admission requirements. There are a limited number of seats available in the program and the admission process may include an admission interview, questionnaires, pre-testing, orientations and letters of reference.
This draft overview of the calendar depicts a Monday to Friday schedule, approximately 6-8 hours per day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). There may be weekend or evening sessions required depending on class needs, instructor availability, community placement availability and requests.
February 4 - May 24 (16 weeks)
Blended theory delivery via Blue Jeans/ITV or home computer
|HEAL 1000||Lifestyle and Choices|
|HEAL 1050||Interpersonal Communication|
|HEAL 1010||Conceptions for Practice|
|HEAL 1100||Introduction to Practice|
|HEAL 1200||Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges|
|HEAL 1350||Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges|
June 3 - June 21 (three weeks)
Laboratory Component (compressed Monday to Friday, 8 hour days)
Components of HEAL 1150 (lab) and HEAL 1250 can be facilitated in the students' communities via self-guided practical skill sessions and use of community facilities and preceptorship as available.
|HEAL 1150||Personal Care and Assistance (Lab, 120 hours)|
June 17 - Aug. 16 (eight - 10 weeks)
Clinical practice component in Kamloops or Williams Lake complex care agencies. Shift will be days/evenings, 8-hour shifts, Monday - Sunday pending placement agency availability
Components of HEAL 1150 (lab) and HEAL 1250 can be faciliated in the students' communities via self-guided practical skill sessions and use of community facilities and preceptorship as available.
|HEAL 1300||Practice Experience in Multi-Level and Complex Care (210 hours)|
|HEAL 1250||Practice Experience in Home Support and Assisted Living (60 hours)|