College of the Rockies

Health Care Assistant - Certificate (2019/20)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$2,574.99
Tuition: $2,164.59
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:62.10
Bus Pass Fee:88.80
Health and Dental Fee:229.50
Total Fees:$410.40

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Additional Program Info


Program Overview

The Health Care Assistant Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line care providers and be a respected member of the health care team in both community and facility settings.

Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centred care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being of clients/residents.

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a Health Care Assistant certificate. The graduates are prepared to work in many settings including home support, assisted living, long term care, complex care, special care units, other home and community care settings and acute care.


Admission Requirements

Academic

Grade 10 with a minimum grade of 60% in English 10 and Math 10, or Adult Basic Education Intermediate level certificate with a minimum grade of 60% in English 70 and Math 70 or an assessment to an acceptable level.

For applicants whose first language is not English - Standardized English language proficiency testing is required. Assessment to an acceptable level to determine eligibility. Please refer to the Care Aid and Community Health Worker Registry at http://www.cachwr.bc.ca for current English competency requirements.

Non-academic


Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.


Course Outline for: Health Care Assistant - Certificate

Fall

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 an 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.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: HCA 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 4 | Length: 70 hours | Course Outline for HCA-101

This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. Students are introduced to the health care team and the roles and functions of the HCA within the team. Students also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: HCA 101, HCA 103, HCA 104, HCA 105, HCA 106, HCA 107

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 3 | Length: 30 hours | Course Outline for HCA-102

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 are encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They have the opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect, and active listening skills.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: HCA 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 3 | Length: 50 hours | Course Outline for HCA-103

This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of health-enhancing lifestyles. Students are invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students are introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: HCA 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 3 | Length: 30 hours | Course Outline for HCA-104

This course introduces the students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students are also encouraged to explore person-centered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: HCA 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 4 | Length: 115 hours | Course Outline for HCA-105

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care giving approaches that allow the student to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. The emphasis in this course is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviours and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: HCA 101, HCA 102, HCA 103, HCA 104, HCA 105, HCA 107

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 4 | Length: 60 hours | Course Outline for HCA-106

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the Health Care Assistant role. The course is comprised of class supervised laboratory experiences and a one-week supervised experience in a residential care facility. The aim of this course is to assist 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.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: HCA 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 4 | Length: 120 hours | Course Outline for HCA-107

Winter

This practice course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunity is provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within the Home Support Agency, Assisted Living Facility and/or a Group Home, and to gain abilities that 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.

Prerequisites: HCA 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107
Corequisites: HCA 109

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 4 | Length: 60 hours | Course Outline for HCA-108

This supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level/complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience is devoted to working with individuals with dementia. Opportunity is provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within the Long Term Care Facility.

Prerequisites: HCA 101, HCA 102, HCA 103, HCA 104, HCA 105, HCA 106, HCA 107
Corequisites: HCA 108

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Credits: 6 | Length: 270 hours | Course Outline for HCA-109

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