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“I wanted to send a quick note to thank Drake Medox for referring your new graduates to Bayshore Home Health. We have had a lot of success with Drake Medox students. Since working so closely with Drake Medox and sending us the best students, Drake has now become one of our ‘preferred schools’.”

Michelle M. (Regional Recruitment Manager- Bayshore Home Health)


“Revera supervisors have received extremely positive feedback from our staff regarding the skills, compassion and adaptability of the students that have precepted with us from Drake Medox College. It is apparent that the majority of their students have been provided with the education and training required to provide a variety of care ranging from simple assist to complex total care. It is without hesitation that I recommend the training provided by Drake Medox College, and encourage all those considering entering into the Health Care field to choose Drake Medox College as their training institution.

Jane G. (Client Service Supervisor-Revera Home Health)









Health Care Assistant

The 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 8 certificates:

  1. Palliative Care Certificate
  2. Dementia/Alzheimer's Care Certificate
  3. Mental Illness Certificate
  4. Medication Administration Certificate
  5. Safety & Mobility Certificate
  6. Sub-Acute Care Certificate
  7. Food Safe Certificate
  8. CPR/First Aid Certificate



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 frontline 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.



The HCA program is available in three different formats, all offering very flexible class schedules so that you may choose to continue to work while you study.

Full –Time In-Class: 6 Months

-26 weeks total

-Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college


Full-Time Combined In-class & On-line: 6 Months 

 -Students attend classes part time, and complete the remaining course requirements independently on-line.       

-26 weeks total

-Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college

ESL-HCA Combined In-class and On-line: 9 Months

-Students attend classes part-time, and complete the remaining course requirements independently on-line.

-38 weeks total

-Includes 300hrs of ESL training

-Includes 7.2 weeks of full-time practicum arranged by the college


***FoodSafe & CPR/First Aid Training is included in the cost of all Health Care Assistant Programs.




Health & Healing Concepts for Practice

  • HCA 100 Introduction to Care
  • HCA 121 Culture & Diversity
  • HCA 119 Reflection & Problem Solving
  • HCA 115 Reporting & Observation Skills 


Health Care Assistant:  Introduction to Practice

  • HCA 116 Role of the Caregiver
  • HCA 120 Job Search Skills


Health 1 – Interpersonal Communications

  • HCA 103 Communications



Health 2 – Lifestyle & Choices
  • HCA 108 Lifestyle & Choices
  • HCA 111 Stress Management


Healing 1 – Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges

  • HCA 101 Medical Terminology
  • HCA 105 Major Systems Disorders
  • HCA 104 Infection Control
  • HCA 110 Nutrition
  • HCA 113 Palliative Care



Healing 2 – Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges

  • HCA 109 Alzheimer’s &Dementia
  • HCA 107 Mental Health & Substance Abuse
  • HCA 106 Developmental Disabilities



Healing 3 – Personal Care and Assistance

  • HCA 102 Personal Care Skills
  • HCA 112 Mobility/ Falls Prevention/Lifts & Transfers
  • HCA 122 Sub Acute Care
  • HCA 117 Medication Administration


Practice Experience:  Multi-Level and/or Complex Care

Practice Experience: Home Support and/or Assisted Living 



1.  Proof of Grade 10 graduation or mature student status.

2.  Evidence of meeting required English Language competency levels depending on the program format of interest.  Non-Native English speakers must achieve specific test scores on Standardized testing in order to gain entry.  Contact an Admissions Advisor today for full details.

3.  Up to date immunizations as required by practice education experience partners.

4.  Acceptable 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 In-Class & On-Line 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