How does the referral bonus work?
If you refer a friend to Pacific Coast Community College and your friend registers for the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program, we will give you $250. And if that friend refers another friend who registers for the HCA program, we will give you an additional $100 and give your friend $250! Just fill out the form below to get started.
"Since 2004 we've prepared students with advanced practices years ahead of those practices being included as 'required training' in the standard curriculum... We prepare you to be excellent."
Why choose Pacific Coast Community College?
Instruction by NursesYour instructors are nurses who know how to teach and develop the skills that our industry partners rely on to support them in their duties.
Small Class SizesOur small class groups mean your needs are addressed during class. Learning is fun. You know your classmates, the group develops as a team, and members help each other.
Industry RecognitionClaim credibility in your new career with our reputation as trainers. We've graduated hundreds of students into happy careers. Many hospitals screen for our graduates.
Lessons in ContextEach of your instructors has years of experience as Registered Nurses in many health care settings. We share stories that make learning memorable, fun and beyond the textbook. You learn by doing.
Personalized TrainingYou train in a supportive and collaborative environment. We work with you one on one. Where necessary, material is presented for your visual, audio or kinesthetic style of learning.
I highly recommend this school for those who want to get a better job within healthcare. The teachers were excellent mentors & made sure I understood everything. I know wherever I go to work, the certificate will be an asset.
Specialized training for Health Care Assistants
Health Care Assistant (HCA)
Learn the required basic medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and latest industry jargon.
Gain practical training to assist the elderly and physically challenged, and understand hospital procedures.
Acute Care Skills (ACS)
Advance your HCA knowledge and skills to assist Registered Nurses working with patients who are acutely ill but stable.
Clinical placements conducted at Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authority Hospitals.
Acute Care Aide (ACA)
A comprehensive program (HCA and ACS included) that features 600 hours of paid work to gain you experience.
Prepare to work in a variety of health care facilities including hospitals, long-term care and group homes, and home care.
As soon as I received my Acute Care diploma, I was able to work in a hospital. Having the clinical practicum work experience was so helpful and the instructors and co-ordinators gave me so many good opportunities to learn. Thank you!
Who We Are
We are nurses who are educators. We train Health Care Assistants and people who want to become one.
In 2004, we considered how an aging population and increasing service costs would change health care delivery. We expected positions for Health care Assistants would be created to help meet the health care demands of an aging population; but we knew service would suffer if Health Care Assistants were inadequately trained as effective members of professional health care teams.
We knew the best trained Health Care Assistants would easily find work, get personal satisfaction implementing their skills and be an asset to their workplace... from the start.
- Learn by example through critical workplace situations we role-play during class
- Practice the discipline and organization nurses expect and tag you as professional
- Keep our reputation as trainers long after you graduate
- Have at least one job offer at graduation to launch your career without job searching
We train you to be confident delivering much needed support to your clients, and to fit in with any health care service team. Our goal is to instill in you the skills and the knowledge that we would want you to have if you were caring for our own loved ones.
We are partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health Authority and many private agencies across British Columbia. Over 99% of our students have job offers upon graduation. Our Acute Care Aide graduates are preferred for positions at many hospital wards.