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).
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
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).
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.
Our Quesnel campus is currently gathering interest for an offering of this program. Call 250 991 7500 to be added to the list for updates.
- Two English 10 courses (minimum “C”), or ENGL 030 (minimum “C”), or equivalent.
- Workplace Mathematics 10 (minimum “C”) or equivalent.
- English language competency requirements for Applicants whose first language is not English:
All BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants whose first language is not English will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing). To determine if you meet the English Language Requirements, please refer to the most recent English Language HCA Program Entry Competency Requirements (pdf) criteria outlined by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry
Within 2 weeks of the program start, proof of the following requirements must be provided. Incomplete certifications or documentation will prevent students from entering clinical placements. All certifications must remain valid throughout the program.
- Current immunization status – as recommended by the BC Center for Disease Control and as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines of BC. See Practice Education Guidelines BC Immunizations.
- TB screening: Negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray.
- Criminal record check (CRC). A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent a student from entering clinical or practicum components of the program and prevent eligibility for graduation. RCMP record checks are not valid.
- First Aid that includes CPR Level “C” or Basic Life Support (BLS). Online CPR courses that do not include face-to-face practice components are not acceptable.
- FoodSafe Level 1 Certificate.
- Respirator N95 Fit Testing must be completed for proper respiratory mask fitting.
Note: All costs associated with certifications, courses and/or documentation requirements are the student’s responsibility.
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 $4,614.
- Semester 1: $2,974
- Semester 2: $1,640
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.
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.