Health Care Assistant Certificate

Certificate
TYPE:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel
FEES: Estimated at $4,353
START DATE: Fall 2019 - Start date varies
DELIVERY:
  • In Class
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Gain the skills to care for disabled individuals

CNC’s program gives you the skills to care for disabled individuals living in long-term care facilities or private homes.

To help clients meet their needs in all dimensions of health in their home or in a facility, the program prepares you to help with assessments, communication, and activities of daily living (such as nutrition and personal hygiene).

Careers

Graduates can potentially complete clinical rotations and find employment at such diverse institutions as:

  • Complex care facilities
  • Home support agencies
  • Group homes
  • Hospice house
  • Assisted living facilities
  • BC Cancer Agency
  • UHNBC

Graduates of our program are eligible for a registration with the BC Care Aide Registry once they have received a certificate, which makes them eligible to work anywhere in BC.

Health Care Assistant Certificate Courses

CNC's program gives you the skills to care for disabled individuals living in long-termcare facilities or private homes. To help clients meet their needs in all dimensions of health in their home or in a facility, the program prepares you to help with assessments, communication, and activities of daily living (such as nutrition and personal hygiene).

Required Courses

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
HCAP-120 Health & Healing: Concepts 3 11 weeks
HCAP-125 Health 1: Interpersonal Comm 2 12 weeks
HCAP-130 Health 2: Lifestyle & Choices 2 6 weeks
HCAP-135 Health Care Asst: Intro 2 8 weeks
HCAP-140 Healing 1 5 13 weeks
HCAP-145 Healing 2 3 8 weeks
HCAP-150 Healing 3 5 17 weeks
HCAP-199 Practice Exp Complex Care 5 20 weeks
HCAP-195 Practical Experience 2 12 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Fall 2019 Mackenzie In Class 1 year
Fall 2019 Quesnel In Class 29-week program offered over 35 weeks
Start date varies Prince George In Class 29-week program offered over 35 weeks (Prince George)

Entry Requirements

  1. Completion of Grade 10 with English 10 or English 030; Math 10 or Math 030 or equivalent.
  2. Student Readiness Assessment Math score of 16/36.
  3. English language competency requirements:
  • Native English speakers must provide proof of one of the following:
    • Completion of ENGL 10 or ENGL 030 or equivalent with “C” or higher
    • Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) with the following minimum scores: Reading Comprehension 35/50; Spelling 23/32 - Student Readiness Assessment (SRA) with the following minimum scores: Reading 23/40; Vocabulary 15/30; Spelling 22/30
    • Language Placement Index (LPI): the three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20 out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40
    • Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher.
  • Non-native English speakers must provide proof of one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must have been written within last two years, IBT only. Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General Test must have been written within last two years. Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing.
    • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) must have been written within last 6 months. Minimum scores: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6.
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General. Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing.
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall score of 60, with no section less than 50.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Prior to the first clinical component of the program, you must have:

Prior to the first clinical component of the program, you must have:

  1. Proof of meeting current immunizations including Hepatitis B and screening for TB.
  2. A Criminal Record check from the Ministry of Justice. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore may not eligible to graduate from the program.
  3. Proof of Standard First Aid which includes CPR Level “C” and Food Safe Level 1. Standard First Aid must be valid throughout enrolment in the Health Care Assistant Program.

Note: The costs of CPR Level C, Standard First Aid, Food Safe Level 1, immunizations and Criminal Record Check are the responsibility of the student.

Acceptance process

If there’s room in the program, you’ll be accepted once you’ve met all admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted.” If you qualify after the program is full, you’ll be put on a wait list.

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $4,353.
  • Tuition: $3,576
  • Student fees: $500
  • Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.

International Fees

The estimated cost for this program is $11,542.

This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.