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The answers to common questions about a Health Care Assistant career

Posted February 15, 2019, by Sprott Shaw College. Tags: ,


hcaHealth care is one of the fastest-growing fields in Canada today. In British Columbia, health care assistants are among the top 10 occupations that are in high demand. If you’re interested in caring for others and making an impact in this world, a career as a health care assistant might be right for you!

To help you know a little more about health care assistants, we are happy to answer some commonly asked questions about the career today.

Who are health care assistants?

Health care assistants in Canada are health care providers who work in hospitals, group homes, home support, long-term care facilities and more. Their goals are to maintain – as well as improve – the health, comfort, safety, well-being and independence of individuals as well as families seeking medical attention.

They help patients with their unique needs and work with a health care team in a variety of different settings.

How do health care assistants aid other people?

Health care assistants help people in many different ways. In fact, they typically:

  • Provide care and assistance to patients, and recognize and respect those patients’ unique needs.
  • Deliver care and assistance to patients who have complex health challenges.
  • Use a problem-solving approach that provides care and assistance with the patients’ physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cognitive well-being in mind.
  • Communicate with patients and families in clear, accurate and sensitive ways.
  • Work with the health care team to achieve goals each day.
  • Improve their own self-development each day.
  • Provide assistance and care in a safe manner.
  • Perform their role as a health care assistant in a responsive, accountable, reflective, professional and ethical manner.

Our health care assistant program is built to teach students interested in this career to perform these tasks to the best of their abilities each day.

Would there be a demand for health care assistants in the future?

According to SIIC, health-related jobs will grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the future because British Columbia’s population is growing and as people age, they need more health services. SIIC also says within the next 10 years, the total demand or increase in health-related jobs will rise to 56,800.

Between 2014 and 2024, the need for health-related jobs will increase 1.9 percent.

Is there another career path when you become a health care assistant?

WorkBC states that some people pursue a career as a health care assistant as the first step toward a practical nursing career. With experience and more education, nurses can specialize in certain departments like oncology, emergency care, critical care, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric care, palliative care, occupational health and even rehabilitation.

As you can see, enrolling in a health care assistant program can open the doors for different pathways that can lead you right where you want to be.

If you read this article and believe being a health care assistant is the right career choice for you, then it’s time to consider enrolling in our health care assistant program! With Sprott Shaw College, you can take the necessary steps toward the career that can help you in all the right ways.

Check out our program today by clicking here. We are excited to help you get started!