Prior to Acceptance:
Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals).
Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80).
- Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
- Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment.
- International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.
- International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following four options: • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
- Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOEFL Score of 70 or Equivalent Standardized External Assessment, OR
- Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools, OR
- International students that can provide a Canadian transcript (or evaluated credentials) showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
For practicum placement, applicants for this program must also:
- Have excellent communication skills
- Submit a criminal record check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults (Schedule B (must be done no more than three months before starting the program)
- Provide evidence of clear TB testing (must be done no more than one month before the start of the program or no more than six months prior to the start of clinical)
- 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
- Must adhere to the requirements of the BC Practice Education Guidelines and relevant health authority requirements
Students may be required to meet minimum academic and attendance requirements to qualify for the HUC placement. The minimum standard expected will be:
- Attendance of at least 95%
- GPA of at least 86%
- 5-minute timed typing of 50 WPM or permission of Director.
70% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete. CPR, First Aid and WHMIS will be completed during the program.
CPR, First Aid, RAI, Crisis Prevention, FoodSafe and WHMIS will be completed during the program.
Supervised clinical training may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings– 3 to 11 pm or nights– 11 pm to 7 am 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 any reason, you need assistance finding employment after graduation, we offer Employment Services for life at each of our 16 campuses.
This 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.
* Health Care Assistant Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.