New process for becoming a health care assistant

    • Prince George
  • March 2, 2021
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Health care assistants are members of the health care team. They provide personal care in a variety of health care settings including acute care hospitals, assisted living facilities, group homes, residential care and community care.

CNC and Northern Health are partnering on delivering the new Health Career Access Program (HCAP), an initiative of the Government of British Columbia. This is a work-study program, designed to increase the number of health care assistants in BC. This means a change to how you would normally apply to CNC to learn the skills needed for the role.

HCAP is only available to individuals hired as health care support workers by Northern Health or another approved health care employer in the region CNC serves. You complete your training while also working part-time as a health care support worker, providing a variety of critical non-clinical, non-direct care supports to patients and residents.

Upon completion of this fully-sponsored program, you earn a recognized post-secondary credential and are eligible to register as a health care assistant.

How do I apply to HCAP if I don’t already work for Northern Health?

Step 1: Applicants must complete an expression of interest form. Your information is collected through the BC Ministry of Health, which is shared with the health authority or another approved health care employer.

Step 2: Northern Health will contact you to encourage you to create a profile with Northern Health and submit your resume for available health care support worker positions. Once you have been short-listed, a Northern Health representative will contact you regarding next steps, including hiring and how to apply to CNC once you have begun the hiring process or are a confirmed health care support worker.

How do I apply to HCAP if I am a Northern Health employee?

If you are a current NH employee, apply with your resume to a health care support worker position that will be posted on Northern Health’s iSite. As part of the hiring process, you will be contacted and provided information on how to submit an admission package for acceptance to the program (through the applicable post-secondary institution such as CNC). Along with this process, you will receive an offer of employment, and return of service agreement before the work and training will begin.

For all health care support workers becoming health care assistants

Once you are hired as a health care support worker, you will complete basic training and onboarding provided by Northern Health or another approved health care employer. You will be a full-time employee at this point, with all work hours and course costs for the health care assistant program covered.

After you complete basic training, you enter a structured education program with CNC to become a health care assistant. You will take courses while you are a health care support worker. Your education and work times will be scheduled and will not conflict. Your education will take place over 12 months.

If you have applied for the program in the area served by CNC (Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie Prince George, the Robson Valley, Quesnel, and Vanderhoof), please note CNC will be in touch with you once Northern Health or another approved employer has finished the first review of your application.

We appreciate your patience through this process.

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