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Health Care Assistant Program

Health Care Assistants are in high demand; in only six 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 six 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 10 certificates:

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

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 (*Practicum consists of clinical and preceptorship practice education)

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 (*Practicum consists of clinical and preceptorship practice education)

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 (*Practicum consists of clinical and preceptorship practice education)
  • Includes 195hrs 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 (*Practicum consists of clinical and preceptorship practice education)
  • Includes 195hrs of ESL training

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

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    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)

**ESL/HCA Program: also includes ESL (195 hours) and Career Communications (105 hours)

  1. Proof of Grade 12 graduation or equivalent from another jurisdiction, or the student has mature student status i.e. is 19 years or older before the start of classes.
  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 six 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 submitted prior to first practice experience.
  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

“We have recently hired another Drake Medox Graduate. Your students are very instrumental in enriching the lives of our residents- during practicum and after being hired.”

R. Dzenkiw
Resident Services Coordinator
Assisted Living – Amica Senior Lifestyles


“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist
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“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre


“We have been very fortunate with the candidates from Drake Medox. The training process and instructors are doing an excellent job.”

Marlene F.
Pro Vita Care Management

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EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist
posAbilities


“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre


“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

I chose Drake Medox not only as the waiting period was shorter compared to other colleges but it was recommended to me by some of my friends. I am already huge advocate of Drake Medox College, not for the referral benefits but because of the good quality and hands-on teaching environment that I had experienced during my time as a student. I am now more confident in applying all that I've learnt to my current role and have Drake Medox to thank for that.

~ RONALD SUREAL - HCA

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