Our Health Care Assistant Program is for those with a
desire to help others and make the world a better place
Eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry, graduates from the Healthcare Assistant (HCA) program are prepared for working 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. HCAs 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 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.
- Provides person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client
- 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
- Provides care and assistance for clients experiencing complex health challenges
- Provides care and assistance for clients experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges
- Interacts with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals
- Communicates clearly, accurately, and in sensitive ways with clients and families within a variety of community and facility contexts
- Provides personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner
- Recognizes and responds to own self-development, learning and health-enhancement needs
- Performs the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional/ethical manner
Introduction to Acute Care Skills
In our “Introduction to Acute Care Skills” course, our curriculum includes all of the basic introductory acute care and medication administration assistance concepts included in the HCA BC provincial curriculum. After successful completion of our Health Care Assistant diploma program, you will also receive completion certificates for “Introduction to Acute Care Skills” and “Medication Administration Assistance.”
BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry
The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in BC to ensure that they are: following the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers. Confirming that HCAs meet registration requirements is integral to the Registry’s mandate of patient protection and improved standards of care.
Graduates of the Health Care Assistant program delivered by Sprott Shaw College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.