Certificate in Health Care Assistant

As part of B.C.’s response to COVID-19, KPU has partnered with the Province of British Columbia to offer a combined employment and education pathway for Health Care Assistants.  Those interested in becoming a Health Care Assistant will need to first apply to the Health Career Access program with the province.  KPU will only be accepting applications for those referred through the Health Career Access program. KPU’s regular application process will resume upon the completion of this government initiative.

Description

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Admission Requirements

As part of B.C.’s response to COVID-19, KPU has partnered with the Province of British Columbia to offer a combined employment and education pathway for Health Care Assistants.  Those interested in becoming a Health Care Assistant will need to first apply to the Health Career Access program with the province.  KPU will only be accepting applications for those referred through the Health Career Access program. KPU’s regular application process will resume upon the completion of this government initiative.

All applicants, domestic or international, must meet one of the following English standards for admission to the program:

  • Successful completion of English 111, or Communications 121; 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

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
  • 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
  • Immunization Record Form reflecting required immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines for BC. Note: Practice Education Guidelines (PEG) for BC outline immunizations for vaccine preventable communicable diseases required by students for participation in practice experiences. KPU Faculty of Health is required to comply with these requirements. Students that are unvaccinated may not be able to be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will also be required to maintain immunizations as per the PEG.

Students in the program are required to demonstrate the ability to perform a variety of cognitive, emotional and psychomotor skills safely and knowledgeably.

On March 22, 2021 changes to the admission requirements for this program were approved by Senate. Effective September 2022 the following conditions will apply:

All applicants, domestic or international, must meet one of the following English standards for admission to the program:

  • Successful completion of English 101  with a minimum grade of 'C', or equivalent; 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

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
  • 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
  • Immunization Record Form reflecting required immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines for BC. Note: Practice Education Guidelines (PEG) for BC outline immunizations for vaccine preventable communicable diseases required by students for participation in practice experiences. KPU Faculty of Health is required to comply with these requirements. Students that are unvaccinated may not be able to be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will also be required to maintain immunizations as per the PEG.

Students in the program are required to demonstrate the ability to perform a variety of cognitive, emotional and psychomotor skills safely and knowledgeably.

Continuance Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C in all required courses. Non-adherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.

Curricular Requirements

The Health Care Assistant Certificate program requires completion of 33 credits with a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

Plan of Study Grid
Term 1Credits
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
 Credits17
Term 2
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 Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice 1
HCAP 1250 Health Care Assistant: Final Practicum 5
 Credits16
 Total Credits33

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Health Care Assistant.

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