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
Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements:
- English 10 or equivalent with a grade of ‘C’ or Sprott Shaw College Communication for Healthcare with a grade of 76% (for applicants whose first language is English)
- Standardized English language test score (for applicants whose first language is not English)
- For further information on English requirements, see your Career Advisor
Applicants for this program must also have:
- Excellent communication skills (composition)
- Complete a Health Declaration Form (must be done no more than three months before program start date)
- 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 program start date)
- For international students, a Police Certificate from their country of origin (must be done no more than 1 year before program start date)
- 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/practicum )
- 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
70% average upon successful completion of all courses. CPR, First Aid, RAI, SPECO, Crisis Prevention, WHMIS and FoodSafe Level 1 (or an appropriate equivalent as listed on the BCCDC website) will be completed during the program.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical training sites.
Clinical Training for HCA 401 may be conducted as a clinical or practicum placement.
All clinical or practicum placements are conducted in shifts of a minimum of 7 hours per day up to 12 hours per day for a total of 270 hours.
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 can expect to complete 1 – 4 hours of homework per day.
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.