The Health Care Assistant program is a full-time certificate program designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to function as caregivers in a variety of health care settings.
The program's courses and labs are enhanced by practice experiences in community complex care and home support facilities. During the final practicum component of the program, there is a distinct clinical opportunity to work and gain experience in an acute care setting. Students will be prepared to meet the care needs of adults who may be experiencing diverse and often complex health and illnesses.
Upon graduation, students will be eligible to register with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
Graduates of the Health Care Assistant program will be prepared to work in a variety of health care settings, including (but not limited to):
- Acute Care
- Complex Care
- Assisted Living
- Adult Day Centres
Faculty's website: kpu.ca/health
Department's website: kpu.ca/health/hcap
All applicants, domestic or international, must meet one of the following English standards for admission to the program:
- BC English 111 with a minimum of grade of B, or BC Communications 121 with a minimum grade of B; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): IBT 76 or higher, with no sub score less than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no sub score less than 18 in Reading and Writing, taken within the last two years; or
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band of 6.0 or higher, with a minimum of 6.0 in the Speaking and Listening band, and a minimum 5.5 in Reading and Writing band, taken within the last two years; or
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 60 or higher with no sub score less than 50, taken within the last two years
In addition, the following program admission requirements apply:
- Attendance at an information session for the Health Care Assistant Program
Once students have received a conditional offer of admission and before final admission to the program is granted, students must submit the following:
- Food Safe Level I
- Standard First Aid Certificate
- CPR Level C
- TB test
- An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
- Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check
Note: Students are also required to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations consistent with requirements of the Health Authorities prior to commencement in the practice experiences.
Students in the program are required to demonstrate the ability to perform a variety of cognitive, emotional and psychomotor skills safely and knowledgeably.
Note: For applicants educated in an English-speaking environment for 7 nonconsecutive years of elementary or secondary school or 4 consecutive years of secondary or post- secondary school.
Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C in all required courses. Nonadherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.
|HCAP 1100||Health 1: Interpersonal Communication||2|
|HCAP 1110||Healing 1A: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges||3|
|HCAP 1121||Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices||1|
|HCAP 1130||Healing 3A: Personal Care Skills||3|
|HCAP 1136||Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice||3|
|HCAP 1150||Clinical Practice: Complex Care||5|
|HCAP 1210||Healing 1B: Complex Health Challenges||3|
|HCAP 1220||Healing 2: Caring for Individuals with Cognitive or Mental Health Challenges||4|
|HCAP 1230||Healing 3B: Advanced Personal Care Skills||3|
|HCAP 1236||Intro to Practice||1|
|HCAP 1250||Health Care Assistant: Final Practicum||5|
|HCAP 1260||Technology for Health Care||1|
Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Health Care Assistant.
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