Health Care Assistant (HCAP)

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HCAP 1100  2 credits  
Health 1: Interpersonal Communication  

Students will develop self-awareness, increased understanding of others and effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care-giving contexts. Students will reflect on the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunities to develop and use effective communication techniques and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships.

Level: VO

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1110  3 credits  
Healing 1A: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges  

Students will identify normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system with aging. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health.

Level: VO

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1121  1 credit  
Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices  

Students are introduced to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health enhancing lifestyle. Students will reflect on their own experiences of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

Level: VO

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1130  3 credits  
Healing 3A: Personal Care Skills  

In the lab setting, students will acquire knowledge and apply skills needed to provide personal care that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive, and spiritual well-being of clients/residents with complex health challenges. They will apply this knowledge in a variety of practice settings. Students will develop caring relationships with individuals and enhance problem solving skills and critical thinking skills in the lab setting which will transfer to the clinical areas.

Level: VO

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1136  3 credits  
Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice  

Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a Health Care Assistant. Students focus on concepts of caring and person-centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

Level: VO

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1150  5 credits  
Clinical Practice: Complex Care  

Students will provide care in a avariety of clinical settings, under supervison to promote the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of clients/residents with complex health challenges. They will gain experience in a complex care setting. Students will develop caring relationships with individuals and enhance their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): HCAP 1130

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1210  3 credits  
Healing 1B: Complex Health Challenges  

Students continue to explore the structure and function of the human body focusing on more complex challenges of each body system as associated with aging. Students will also explore person-centred practice as it relates to the complex challenges to health and in particular to end-of-life care.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): All of HCAP 1100, 1110, 1121, 1130, 1136 and 1150

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1220  4 credits  
Healing 2: Caring for Individuals with Cognitive or Mental Health Challenges  

Students will explore concepts and models applicable to the care of individuals with dementia or mental health challenges as they age. They will identify communication strategies that facilitate providing care. The emphasis in this course is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies. Students will have a practical experience on an adult special care unit.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): All of HCAP 1100, 1110, 1121, 1130, 1136 and 1150

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1230  3 credits  
Healing 3B: Advanced Personal Care Skills  

Students acquire advanced personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the Health Care Assistant role. Students will integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts, including acute care.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): All HCAP 1100, 1110, 1121, 1130, 1136 and 1150

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1236  1 credit  
Intro to Practice  

Students will explore the role of the Health Care Assistant within the British Columbia health care system. Students will identify roles of the interdisciplinary health care team members. They will articulate the role and function of Health Care Assistants within that team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice. They will develop the skills required for effective job-finding approaches.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): HCAP 1100, 1110, 1121, 1130, 1136 and 1150

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1250  5 credits  
Health Care Assistant: Final Practicum  

Students will consolidate knowledge and skills in preparation for assuming the role and responsibilities of a beginning practitioner. They will provide care to during a full time placement in a Complex Care Facility, Assisted Living and Adult Day Center or Group Home setting.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): All of HCAP 1210, 1220, 1230, 1236 and 1260

Attribute: HLTH

HCAP 1260  1 credit  
Technology for Health Care  

Students will develop their skills in the use of computers and the Internet. They will explore the application of technology in healthcare.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): All of HCAP 1100, 1110, 1121, 1130, 1136 and 1150

Attribute: HLTH

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