This part-time program is intended for individuals who have a Health Care Assistant certificate and are working in the continuing care field. This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be able to function effectively in the role of a Health Care Assistant in an acute care setting, under the direct supervision of a health care professional. Students learn how to assist in care of acutely-ill clients and work as a member of a nursing team.
|Start||Length||Credentials||Campus||Part- or Full-time|
|April & October||20 Week part time - 2 day/week theory Clinical 2 Weeks Full time||Citation||Broadway||Part-time|
|If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now.||Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office||Visit us at one of our campus locations.|
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Graduates of the program will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:
Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode
This program is divided into three courses. The first course consists of theory related to the care of acutely ill patients. The theory component is delivered through discussion groups, student presentations, demonstrations, and lectures. Students apply the theory component in the second course which features care skills being taught and practiced in the nursing skills laboratory. During the lab sessions students will practice on each other. The third course is a clinical experience in an acute care setting, where students have the opportunity to apply knowledge or skills from the first and second course.
The Acute Care Skills for Health Care Assistants Program is six weeks in length, or the equivalent in part-time. Maximum allowable time for students to complete the program is one year.
Evaluation of Student Learning
The theory course is evaluated by written exams, quizzes and assignments. The lab course is evaluated by observation of performance of acute care skills in accordance with established criteria. Clinical experience is assessed by instructor observations of students in work experience situations. All courses are evaluated consistent with the College Grading System. Learners must achieve a minimum C+ in the theory course and satisfactory in the lab and clinical course in order to graduate.
VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
Health Care Assistant Certificate, or equivalent, from a recognized (i.e. follows provincial curriculum) community college. An equivalent certificate may be any of these programs:
Minimum of 800 hours experience as a Health Care Assistant, or its equivalent, in a complex care facility or home support agency, as certified by a letter from the employer.
All BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency as set by the B.C. Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. VCC will adhere to the entry requirements set out by the Registry.
Fees and Other costs
|Student Union Fee||$60|
|College Initiative Fee||$15|
For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.
This 6 week part-time program is intended for individuals who have a Health Care Assistant certificate and are working in the continuing care field. This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be able to function effectively in the role of a Health Care Assistant in an acute care setting, under the direct supervision of a health care professional. Students learn how to assist in care of acutely-ill clients and work as a member of a nursing team.
VCC is home to a $55-million state-of-the-art health sciences building located at the Broadway campus. Built in 2009, its classrooms, high-tech training labs, and simulated hospital wards give students realistic, hands-on experience. Sign up now to view the facilities, meet faculty, and learn about our exciting new curriculum.
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