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Health Care Assistant Upgrade

This program prepares individuals with previous health care assistant education and experience for practice in BC. It is designed to address individual needs as identified through the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) HCA Competency Assessment. It enables individuals to review and enhance previously acquired knowledge and upgrade their skills to meet practice requirements so that they may become registered as HCAs in BC with BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

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 Upgrade Program will include the following:

1. Comprehensive Theory Review Modules (2 months, 165 hours)
The theory review component is designed to be completed online with dedicated instructor support and supervision to ensure students meet required learning outcomes. Each module is a highly intensive and streamlined version of each HCA Program Provincial Curriculum coursework (theory coursework). Individuals will work at their own pace, and an HCA instructor will be available to answer content-specific questions and to support student progress.

2. HCA Lab Skills Review and Skills Testing (1 month, 30 hours) After completing the theory review, individuals will be oriented to the skills lab will work with an HCA instructor to have a basic HCA skills refresher. Individuals will then be provided with a booklet of client care case scenarios and lab procedure performance checklists so that they can be assessed before
going into the complex care placement.

3. Supervised Practice Experience Multi-Level/Complex Care (60 hours)
Individuals will be assigned to a clinical setting will be directly supervised and evaluated by an HCA Clinical Instructor during this experience. There will be an opportunity for orientation at the start of the placement and then the student will be expected to competency perform HCA skills and meet program learning outcomes in the practice setting.

The HCA Upgrade 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.

The following are to be completed prior to starting the program if practice education placement is required:

* Provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance (all must be done no more than three months before the start of the program);
* Provide evidence of up-to-date Immunizations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Influenza and others as required by clinical sites.
* Criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults. If not a Canadian citizen, a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector
from your country of origin must be secured.
* Obtain a satisfactory certificate of health from a physician with a Physician’s Waiver

Note: Students are responsible for all costs related to immunization.

Learners must have their First Aid/CPR, FoodSafe, Violence Prevention, SPECO, and WHIMS courses to be eligible to participate in the practicum component.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Provides person-centered 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 contexts
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

Supervised clinical training may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings – 3pm to 11pm or nights – 11pm to 7am
and possible weekends).
Clinical placement sites are subject to availablitity (may be in various areas).
Clinical sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense).
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from practice experience sites.