$1400 Scholarship

*This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

The Health Care Assistant Diploma Program delivered by Cambria College has been granted a FULL FIVE YEAR RECOGNITION status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Graduates are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

The HCA Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line caregivers and respected members of a healthcare team. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centered care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual well-being of clients.

Health Care Assistants are prepared to work in a variety of health care facilities and community agencies. They are important and valued members of the healthcare team. HCA’s promote and maintain the health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being of individuals and families. HCA’s provide personal care assistance and services in a caringmanner that recognizes and supports the unique needs, abilities and backgrounds of
clients and their families. They work as members of a health care team in a variety of settings with direction and supervision from regulated health care professionals.

(Excerpt from B.C. Health Care Assistants Core Competency Profile, Government of British Columbia, March, 2014, p. 5)

Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of practice settings including home support, assisted living, residential or complex care, special care and acute units, schools, group homes, adult day care and other community care settings.

The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook has Health Care Assistants listed as one of the top ten healthcare jobs, with the sector more than doubling the average growth rate of the rest of the province, meaning there is expected to be over 19,000 jobs for HCA’s in BC from now to 2025.

Your Health Care career allows you to ensure the physical, social and emotional health for individuals and their families needing support in the community. Health Care Assistants earn a highly competitive salary starting between $35,000 and $45,000 annually

The work done by HCA’s is based on a set of fundamental values, beliefs and ethical  principles that are consistently reflected in all aspects of their work with clients, families,  team members and others. Amongst these core values, beliefs and principles, which serve  as foundations of HCA practice, are those related to:

  • Human Beings
  • Older Adults
  • Health and Healing
  • Health Care
  • Caring and Caregiving
  • The Family in Health and Healing

On-site classroom delivery + work experience placement.

Classroom (Instructor Led Theory), guest speakers and field trips  Materials and PowerPoint presentations are contained in the resources. There will also be teacher made materials and Provincial content presented when applicable/required.


9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Monday to Friday)


4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Monday to Friday)


July & Sept 2020


Vancouver, Victoria


Full Time, 25 Hrs/Wk


745 Hours

Further information

Listed with PTIB:
• Successful completion of Grade 10

• Grade 10 English or equivalent

• English Language Competency for non-native speakers of English

• Criminal Record Check Completion

Course Name

Minimum Course Hours

Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice

70 hours

Health 1: Interpersonal Communications

50 hours

Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices

30 hours

Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice

30 hours

Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges

115 hours

Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges

60 hours

Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance

120 hours

Theory/Lab Course Hours

475 hours

Practice Education Experience - Multi-level/complex care facility placement including a placement focused on specialized dementia care. 

Instructor-led Clinical (150 hours minimum)

Practicum/Preceptorship (upto 60 hours of the 210 hours of multi-level practice experience, may be other than than the instructor-led clinical)

Rotating shifts to combine morning and evening care.

210 hours

Practice Education Experience - Home Support/Assisted Living/Group Home


60 hours

Practice Education Hours

270 hours



HCA 1: Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice [70 hours] 

This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop a theoretical  framework for their practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and  theoretical understanding that provide a foundation for competent practice as a health  care assistant. The module focuses on concepts of caring and person centered care, basic  human needs and human development, family, culture and diversity as they relate to  health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem solving model that will  be critical to their practice.

Assignment 1  – 30%

Assignment 2  – 20%

Mid-term  – 20%

Final Exam  –  30%


HCA 2: Health 1: Interpersonal Communications [50 hours] 

This module focuses on the development of self awareness, increased understanding of  others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used  in a variety of caregiving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of  the impact of their own communication choices and patterns.   They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that  demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

Assignment 1  – 25%

Assignment 2  – 25%

Assignment 3  – 20%

Final Exam  – 30%


HCA 3: Health 2: Lifestyles and Choices [30 hours] 

This module introduces the students to a holistic concept of health and the components  of a health enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience  of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students  will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other modules to understand the  multifaceted aspects of health and healing.

Assignment 1  – 25%

Assignment 2  – 25%

Assignment 3  – 20%

Final Exam  – 30%


HCA 4: Introduction to Practice [30 hours] 

This module provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia  Health Care system. Students will be introduced to the health care team and the roles and  functions of the HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop  self reflective skills required for competent practice.

Assignment 1  – 25%

Assignment 2  – 25%

Assignment 3  – 20%

Final Exam  – 30%


HCA 5: Healing 1: Caring for the Individual Experiencing Common Health Challenges  [115 hours including 35 hours in lab] 

This module introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body  and normal body changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges  to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to  explore person centered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health.

Assignment 1   – 10%

Quiz 1   – 20%

Quiz 2   – 20%

Quiz 3   – 20%

Final Exam  – 30%


HCA 6: Healing 2: Caring for the Individual Experiencing Cognitive Challenges [60  hours including 10 hours in lab] 

This module builds on content from other modules to assist students to explore concepts  and care given approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals  experiencing cognitive and mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and  identifying person centered intervention strategies.

Assignment 1 – 20%

Assignment 2 – 10%

Assignment 3 – 20%

Assignment 4 – 20%

Final Exam – 30%


HCA 7: Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance [120 hours including 80 hours of lab] 

This module focuses on practical application of personal care skills and assistance skills  within the parameters of the HCA role. The module is comprised of class and lab  experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other modules to develop  caregiver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of  Individuals in community and facility settings. During this module students will complete  supportive certifications as listed following  HCA 10.

Midterm – 10%

Exam – 10%

Final Exam – 15%

Scenario Based Skills Checks & Checklist Completion & Complete Lab Checklist prior to successful Completion – 65%


HCA 8: Clinical Experience in Complex Care and Cognitively Challenged areas [210 hours] 

This is a supervised clinical experience. The students will have the opportunity to apply  knowledge and skills from all of the previous modules in complex care facilities. A portion  of this clinical will provide the student with the opportunity to work with clients who are  experiencing cognitive decline. Opportunity will be provided for the student to gain  expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a complex care facility.

Orientation Assignment – 5%

Assignment 1 – 25%

Assignment 2 –  25%

Midterm Assessment – 10%

Student Self Assessment – 5%

Professional Rubric – 30%

HCA Skills Summary Checklist –   Met or Unmet

Practice Education Learning Outcomes Verification – Met or Unmet


HCA 9: Clinical Experience in Assisted Living and/or Home Support [60 hours]

This is an instructor monitored clinical experience. The students will have the opportunity  to work with clients in an assisted living and/or home support setting. The student will  become more familiar with the role of the HCA within these settings and gain abilities  that will prepare the graduate to assume the role of a community health care worker.

Evaluation Complete or Incomplete


HCA 10: Career Preparation [24 hours] 

The students will have the opportunity to learn how to create a resume and to effectively  attend an interview. The student will become familiar with the types of questions asked  during interviews as well as how to best answer those questions.

Evaluation Complete or Incomplete


Includes: Standard First Aid / CPR level C and Foodsafe


*All HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency LEARN MORE :

Applicants who were Educated in English:

Submit official transcripts from secondary or post-secondary institutions indicating:

  1. English courses with a “C” or higher
  2. Minimum Grade 10 English (Grade C or higher)
  3. College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) Report of English Test
  4. Results from a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) or Language Placement Index (LPI).

Applicants who were Educated in Another Language:

Submit of one of the following test scores: (Test must be written in the past 2 years)

  1. TOEFL: Overall score of 76, minimum 20 in Speaking &Listening and 18 in Reading & Writing.
  2. IELTS : Overall score of 6, minimum 6 in Speaking and Listening and 5.5 in Reading and Writing.
  3. CLB PT: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6. (must be written in the past year)
  4. CAEL: Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50.

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