Health Care Assistant
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: The Seabird College Health Care Assistant (HCA) program offers an opportunity for students to gain the skills necessary to work as a care-giver in community and institutional settings.
This is an 8 month program that provides 540 hours of instructional time and 270 hours of clinical placements. Students learn in a supported environment that includes practice time in a fully equipped health sciences learning lab.
Courses run consecutively over an 8 month period.
1. HTCA-104: Interpersonal Communications (2 week course, 2 credits)
This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care-giving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunities to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.
2. HTCA-111: Lifestyle and Choices (1 week course, 1 credit)
This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.
3. HTCA-116: Introduction to HTCA Practice (1 week course, 1 credit)
This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.
4. HTCA-121: Health and Healing (2.5 week course, 2.5 credits)
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centered care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.
5. HTCA-126: Personal Care and Assistance I (2 week course, 2 credits)
This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.
6. HTCA-152: Cognitive or Mental Health Challenges (2 week course, 2 credits)
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and identifying person-centred
7. HTCA-153: Common Health Challenges (4 week course, 4 credits)
This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.
8. HTCA-156: Personal Care Assistance II (2 week course, 2 credits)
This practical course follows the Personal Care Assistance I course, and offers students the opportunity to acquire further personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the Health Care Assistant role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other Health Care Assistant courses to continue to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.
9. HCTA-159: Community Practicum ( 2 week practicum, 2 credits)
This practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills they have learned in other Health Care Assistant courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the Health Care Assistant within a home support agency, assisted living facility, and/or a group home, and to gain abilities that will prepare graduates for employment in these settings. It is important that students understand the philosophy of community care settings and its’ emphasis on client choice and independence.
10. HCTA-169: Clinical I (2 weeks, 2 credits)
11. HCTA-179: Clinical II (5 weeks, 5 credits)
CAREERS: Career possibilities include health care aides, home support workers, community support workers, residential care aides etc.
CREDENTIALS: Health Care Assistant Certificate from Seabird College
INSTRUCTOR: to be determined
HOURS/DAYS: M-F 9:00-4:00
PRE-REQUISITES: High school graduation or equivalent, with a minimum English 10 or equivalent, and Math 10 or equivalent.
- Standard First Aid Certification with CPR level “C”
- BC Food Safe Certificate Level 1
- Proof of a negative TB skin test. In the case of a positive TB skin test, a negative chest x-ray report is required.
- Updated immunizations – measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and current influenza vaccination.
- Criminal Record Check Consent Form and Criminal Record Check Sharing Form
DURATION: 810 hours including 3 practicum courses (270 hours).
PROGRAM START AND FINISH: September 8, 2020 – April 23, 2021
LOCATION: Seabird College
TRANSPORTATION: Dependent on demand. If provided there will be certain pickup points where students are meet. Call our office for more details.
PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS: Students must pass every course and all clinical experiences in order to pass the program. All courses need at least 64% to complete the course.
Final program mark is a sum of each course mark, weighted according to the number of instructional weeks per course.
ELIGIBLE FOR POST-SECONDARY SUPPORT PROGRAM (Aboriginal Affairs): Yes.
DUAL CREDIT: yes.
- This program is eligible for post-secondary support under Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Post-Secondary Support Program. Please check with your Band Education Coordinator. All criteria of Indigenous and Northern Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Education must be followed.
- This program may be eligible for employment and training programs. Please check with Work BC or Stó:lō Aboriginal Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (saset.ca).
- Please set up an appointment to review your funding options with a student advisor. There are many different layers of funding opportunities, geared to each individual.
- Please check with your local employment office for other potential funding opportunities.
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT: Minimum of 10 students and maximum of 18.
COSTS FOR FEE PAYERS: If you are a fee payer, the total cost of this program is $4450.00 as follows:
|Textbook / uniform||$450.00|
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