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Health Care Assistant Program

Health Care Assistants are in high demand; in only 6 months you could be earning up to $23 per hour! Monthly intakes, on-line courses, and a variety of schedule options to choose from.

Health Care Assistant Program

Health Care Assistants are in high demand; in only 6 months you could be earning up to $23 per hour! Monthly intakes, on-line courses, and a variety of schedule options to choose from.
Drake Medox College Health Care Assistant Diploma Program is designed to be in direct alignment with the standards within the Provincial Curriculum for community and residential care aide training in British Columbia. As such, graduates of our program will be eligible to receive a BC Care Aide Registry number.
In addition to a Health Care Assistant Diploma, our graduates also receive the following 9 certificates:

  • Palliative Care Certificate
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care Certificate
  • Mental Illness Certificate
  • Medication Administration Certificate
  • Safety & Mobility Certificate
  • HCA Acute Care Certificate
  • Provincial Violence Prevention Certificate
  • Food Safe Certificate
  • Standard First Aid / CPR Level C Certificate

THE ROLE OF THE HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT

Health Care Assistants may hold a number of different job titles in the workplace including residential care aide, personal care aide and Community Health Worker. Regardless of the title, these individuals are responsible to provide highly personalized care and service to those who cannot fully care for themselves such as the elderly and young disabled. As members of an interdisciplinary team, Health Care Assistants work on the front line completing duties which include grooming, bathing, medication administration, mobility and a long list of other very individualized tasks depending on the clients they are serving.

HCA Full-Time: In Class Delivery

  • 6 Months / 26 Weeks Total
  • Day or Evening Classes
  • Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college

HCA Full-Time: Combined Delivery

  • 6 Months / 26 Weeks Total
  • 1 day or 2 evenings per week plus online studies weekly
  • Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college

ESL-HCA Full-Time: In Class Delivery

  • 35 Weeks Total
  • Day or Evening Classes
  • Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college
  • Includes 300hrs of ESL training

ESL-HCA Full-Time: Combined Delivery

  • 35 weeks total
  • 1 day or 2 evenings per week plus online studies weekly
  • Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college
  • Includes 300hrs of ESL training

FoodSafe & Standard First Aid / CPR training are included in the cost of all Health Care Assistant Programs.

Your investment in the Health Care Assistant program includes:

  • All fees
  • Tuition
  • Textbooks and Materials
  • 2 uniforms
  • Food Safe & CPR certification
  • Health Care Assistant: $7,590
  • Health Care Assistant with ESL: $8,290

Ask us about our $1,200 Early Registration Grant and other special promotions!

  1. Health & Healing Concepts for Practice (70 hours)
  2. Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice (30 hours)
  3. Health 1 – Interpersonal Communications (50 hours)
  4. Health 2 – Lifestyle & Choices (30 hours)
  5. Healing 1 – Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges (115 hours)
  6. Healing 2 – Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges (60 hours)
  7. Healing 3 – Personal Care and Assistance (120 hours)
  8. Practice Experience: Multi-Level and/or Complex Care (210 hours)
  9. Practice Experience: Home Support and/or Assisted Living (60 hours)
  1. Proof of Grade 10 graduation or mature student status.
  2. Evidence of meeting required English Language competency levels per BCCAR Health Care Assistant Program Recognition.
  3. Up to date immunizations as required by practice education experience partners.
  4. Acceptable Ministry of Justice criminal record search within 6 months of program acceptance, or evidence to show that a criminal record search has been requested by the program start date.
  5. Negative TB test result or proof to demonstrate that the process for acquiring this is in progress.
  6. Completion of Foodsafe Level 1 and Standard First Aid & CPR Level C prior to Practicum. These training costs are included within program fees.
  7. Only those enrolling in either of the Combined Delivery formats will also require:
    • Prior learning or work experience within the field of study
    • Or a score of 65% or greater on the Drake Medox College Prior Learning Assessment

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Success Story

Since completing the Health Care Assistant training course at Drake Medox College, I have gained the necessary knowledge, training, skills and confidence to work effectively with the elderly, children and people with developmental disabilities. I believe this course has helped pave the way for greater job opportunities and I since successfully been hired both as a live-in Manager and as a Life Skill Worker. Thank you so much Drake Medox College.

~ JULIETA CABRERA - HCA