Health Care Assistant Certificate

Certificate
TYPE:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: Sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education
START DATE: Start date varies - Start date varies
DELIVERY:
  • Alternate Delivery
Important information for applicants:

A new work-study process can help you become a health care assistant. Learn more about this process and how you can apply.

  • 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-130 Health 2: Lifestyle & Choices 2 6 weeks
HCAP-135 Intro to Practice 2 8 weeks
HCAP-140 Healing 1 5 13 weeks
HCAP-145 Healing 2 3 8 weeks
HCAP-150 Healing 3 5 17 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.

Study while you work

CNC and Northern Health are partnering on delivering the new Health Careers 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.

Due to the format of this program, location of study may vary.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Start date varies Fort St. James Alternate Delivery 1 year
Start date varies Burns Lake Alternate Delivery 1 year
Start date varies Mackenzie Alternate Delivery 1 year
Start date varies Vanderhoof Alternate Delivery 1 year
Start date varies Quesnel Alternate Delivery 1 year
Fall 2021 Prince George Alternate Delivery 1 year

Entry Requirements

  1. Two English 10 courses (minimum “C”), or ENGL 030 (minimum “C”), or equivalent.
  2. Workplace Mathematics 10 (minimum “C”) or equivalent.
  3. 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

Program Requirements

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.

  1. 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.
  2. TB screening: Negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. FoodSafe Level 1 Certificate.
  6. 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.

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

This is a fully paid program, sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education. This means that student fees, tuition, cost of school supplies, etc. will not be charged to students. In addition, students will receive a weekly stipend of approximately $800/week while they attend school and then receive a wage for the weeks they are out working.

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.