Health Care Assistant Program

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program trains you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as a front-line care-giver and respected member of a health care team.

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

Upon completion of the HCA program, you are prepared to work in a variety of health care settings including home support, assisted living, residential/complex care, special care units, other home and community care settings and acute care.

This program includes classroom hours, home study hours, community and facility clinical placements and a final practicum.

Program Length: 790 hours over 31 weeks

April 3, 2017

31 weeks

Course Hours:
8:00AM - 3:30PM

Pacific Coast Community College


$4,515 (Financing Eligible)

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HCA Program Content

Classroom Instruction:

HCA200 – Introduction To Practice
HCA100 – Concepts For Practice
HCA300 – Health I: Interpersonal Communication
HCA400 – Health II: Lifestyle and Choices
HCA500 – Healing I: Common Health Challenges
HCA600 – Healing II: Cognitive/Mental Challenges
HCA700 – Healing III: Personal Care and Assistance
HCA800 – Practice Experience in Multi-level and/or complex care
HCA900 – Practice Experience in Community



  • Developmental Disabilities Child Care observation
  • Community Based clinical experience (home support, assisted living and/or group home)
  • Clinical experience (continuing care/multi-level/complex care settings)
  • Final Practicum/ Preceptorship (continuing care/multilevel/complex care settings)


HCA Included Certificate Courses

  • CPR Level C
  • First Aid
  • FoodSafe
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)


Delivery Methods:    

Lecture, laboratory practice, audiovisual materials, on-site training


Student Evaluation:

  • Theory/Laboratory Practice = 60% (inclusive of quizzes, assignments, final course examinations, class participation and laboratory skills evaluations)
  • Clinical Practicum Evaluation = 40%
  • Community-based Practicum = P/F
  • Final Practicum (Preceptorship) = P/F


Grading System:

Your achievement will be evaluated on an ongoing basis using a numeric percentage system.  The minimum passing mark is 80% for each unit before progressing to the next unit.

Learning Resources: Sorrentino, Sheila, A.  (2013). Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker.  3rd Ed.  Toronto: Elsevier Canada; With Accompanying Workbook.

The PCCC module.


Student Responsibility:

You are required to abide by all PCCC program and instructional policies as well as your host facility's policies at all times regarding professionalism, dress code, punctuality, and conduct. These policies will be discussed in greater detail with you at the onset of the program.

(Note: classroom and clinical settings give additional responsibilities and expectations that are course or agency specific).

HCA Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Health Care Assistance Program you will be able to:

  • Provide person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client or resident.
  • Use specific questions and observations to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of clients/residents and families.
  • Provide care and assistance for clients/residents who have complex health challenges.
  • Provide care and assistance for clients/residents who have cognitive and/or mental health challenges.
  • Interact with other members of their health care team to create and enhance effective working relationships and achieve goals.
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients/residents and their families within a variety of community and facility contexts.
  • Provide personal care and assistance that is safe, organized and professional.
  • Recognize and respond to their own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
  • Accurately complete documentation, as required.
  • Appropriately observe clients and report any exceptional or unusual findings to their most suitable team member.
  • Function independently and manage an actual workload of real clients.


Program Costs:

Tuition: $8,515
Registration Fee $250
Textbooks $100
Supplies/Materials $50
Lab Fees $50
Uniforms $30

Health Care Assistant handouts, photocopied materials and access to the textbooks (for in-class use only) are included in the tuition fee.

Total program cost per student is $8,995. All fees are payable on registration.

Pacific Coast Community College will supply you with all of the required textbooks, workbooks, binders, lab materials and 2 scrub uniforms. You are required to bring a pen and paper to class with them.