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 NCAS (Nursing Community Assessment Service) 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 NCAS Upgrade includes the following:
1. Comprehensive Theory Review Modules (2 months, 165 hours)
The theory review component is designed to be completed in a self-paced and self-directed format, with online learning modules and assessments. Students 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, students will be oriented to the skills lab and will work with an HCA instructor for a basic HCA skills refresher before being assessed for a complex care placement.
3. Supervised Practice Experience Multi-Level/Complex Care (60 hours)
Students will be assigned to a clinical setting under the supervision of an HCA Clinical Instructor, where the student will be expected to meet program learning outcomes in the practice setting.
The nine program learning outcomes persecibed by the NCAS that the students must meet for successful completion of this program are:
- 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
BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry
The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant 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 health care assistants meet registration requirements is integral to the Registry’s mandate of patient protection and improved standards of care.
Graduates of the HCA program delivered by Sprott Shaw College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry to demonstrate their competence and credentials to work for publicly funded employers in BC.
Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
Save on tuition with a variety of scholarship and grant options. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are available to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships.
Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working?
Our Health Care, Nursing and Dental graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to health authorities across BC, our Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant graduates are working at recognized hospitals like Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, and more.
Our Dental Assistant graduates can be found working at a variety of dental clinics throughout the province such as Family Care Dental Clinic, Heavenly Dental, NOVO Dental Centre, and more. Our Pharmacy Assistants can be found working in Walmart Pharmacies, Rexall Pharmacies, and numerous other independent pharmacies throughout BC.
Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in.
- “I want to say that my instructors, both classroom and clinical, were such special people and they have impacted my life forever.” – Jessica B.
- “Upon graduation, I received 7 employer call-backs requesting job interviews.” – Richard B.
- “If it wasn’t for the school and my instructor’s support, I probably would have given up with all the setbacks that I had. I am so glad I didn’t because now I have my diploma and a career that I love.” – Vicky T.