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Health Care Assistant Program

Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistants (HCAs) are prepared to work in both healthcare facilities and community agencies. In these roles they are important and valued members of the health care team. They 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 caring manner that recognizes and supports the unique needs, abilities and backgrounds of clients. They work as members of a health care team in a variety of settings with direction and supervision from other health professionals.

The work done by HCAs 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
• Healthcare
• Caring and Caregiving
• The Family in Health and Healing
• Understanding Culture and Diversity

The nine program learning outcomes that the students must meet for successful completion of this program are:

1. Provides person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client
2. Uses an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and/or spiritual well-being of clients and families
3. Provides care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges
4. Provides care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges
5. Interacts with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals
6. Communicates clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients and families within a variety of community and facility
7. Provides personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner
8. Recognizes and responds to own self-development, learning and health-enhancement needs
9. Performs the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional/ethical manner

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

Other components to the HCA Program are Basic and Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Training, Crisis Prevention Training, Introduction to RAI Observation Tool Training, Acute Care Skills, Medication Administration Assistance, Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED, Foodsafe, WHMIS and Student Practice Education ‘Core’ Orientation (SPECO). These will be completed during the program and are included in program costs. All of these additional certifications are valued by today’s employers. Students will participate in 8 weeks of clinical and/or practicum training.

A director/instructor interview may be required.

We will be implementing the new HCA Provincial Curriculum for program starts from September 2016.

Clinical Training Information

Supervised clinical training may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings– 3 to 11pm or nights– 11pm to 7am and possibly weekends).
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical training sites.

Clinical training is conducted in shifts of a minimum of 7.5 hours per day up to 12 hours per day for a total of 150 hours or 2 weeks at each clinical training.

Placement sites are subject to availability. Clinical sites may require more current CRC and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense)
Food Safe, Standard First Aid, CPR-C and introduction to WHMIS must be completed prior to going out on Clinical.

Where are our graduates working?

Sprott Shaw College graduates are working across the province in all Health Authorities including Fraser Health, Island Health, Northern and Interior Health Authorities. We have graduates working in complex care facilities operated by the health authorities and privately managed care facilities. We also have graduates working in the largest private nursing care companies in BC like Nurse Next Door, Bayshore Home Health and Retirement Concepts. If for are any reason you need assistance finding employment after graduation, we offer Employment Services for life at each of our 16 campuses.


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link-to-us-NCIThis program includes the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention© Seminar using the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. curriculum and certified training. All students will be able to take the exam to become Blue Card™ endorsed.