Health Care Assistant
The Health Care Assistant Program delivered by Okanagan College has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry in 2016. Graduates of the Health Care Assistant Program are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
While providing activities of daily living, the health care assistant promotes and maintains the health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being of the clients and their families. Working collaboratively with other members of the health care team, they assist clients to achieve their optimal level of functioning and wellness.
Okanagan College’s HCA program is listed as a recognized program on the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
The Health Care Assistant program will start new intakes at the Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm campuses in April 2020. Apply online or obtain an application form from any campus.
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The curriculum for the Health Care Assistant program is 25 weeks in length and includes a combination of theory classes and clinical practicum designed to reflect the responsibility and requirements of the job. The students are expected to actively engage in laboratory practice simulating caregiver/client situations which will prepare them for the consolidated 8 week clinical practicum covering areas of complex care, home support/assisted living and dementia care, and acute care.
There are a number of intakes with various start dates across Okanagan College campuses. Clinical practicum sites are located throughout the Okanagan Valley and students are responsible for their own transportation to the clinical sites.
Qualities of a certified health care assistant:
For official admission requirements and other program information, please see the click here.
English language proficiency
All BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants who are non-native English speakers (English is not your first language) may need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Please see program Calendar for more details.
The HCA program is eligible for dual credit, which is an opportunity for high school students to start college programs while still in high school. Students receive credit toward their high school diploma, while also earning post-secondary credits. Dual credit students are also supported by their home school district, which pays the program tuition for the student.
Each school district has a different application process for dual credit. High school students and parents are strongly encouraged to talk to a career counsellor at their school district to find out details about the dual credit program and specific application requirements.
Apply online or obtain an application form from any campus.
For more information on this program, financial assistance or student services like housing, call toll free: 1-877-755-2266