The Health Care Assistant program delivered by Edison College is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry, all program graduates are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
The Healthcare Assistant program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.
The program is affiliated with Trillium and Amica Senior Lifestyles, including a practicum to prepare you with on-the-job experience.
Careers & Employment Opportunities
- • Complex Care
- • Acute Care
- • Home Support
- • Assisted Living
- • Group Homes
- • Adult Day Care
About the Program
Edison College Canada’s Health Care Assistant with Co-op program prepares students for diverse opportunities in the health care field. This program helps students develop the core skills needed to care for clients in a variety of care settings. Topics include personal care, assisting with mobility and feeding needs, communication, assisting with medication, and clinical skills related to palliative and acute care.
Graduates of our Health Care Assistant (HCA) program can work in a variety of health care environments such as: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities and in the community providing home care.
HCAs assist with promoting and maintaining the health, safety, independence, comfort, and well-being of their clients and their families. HCAs provide personal care assistance and services in a caring manner that recognizes and supports the unique care needs, abilities, and backgrounds of clients and their families. They work as members of a health care interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings with direction and supervision from regulated health care professionals.
The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in B.C. to ensure that they are delivering the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers. Confirming that HCAs meet registration requirements is integral to the Registry’s mandate of patient protection and improved standards of care.
Students must meet all of the admissions requirements as listed:
- Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status 19 years of age
Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements:
English as First Language Speakers: Evidence of one of the following:
- Proof of completion of Grade 10 English graduation. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
- College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
- ACCUPLACER Next Generation: Recommended minimum cut scores are as follows: Reading (230), Writing (230), Writeplacer (4)
English as Second Language Speakers: Evidence of one of the following assessments, completed within the last two years:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be within the last two years, IBT only - Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General -- test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
- Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be within the last year: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6 - Note: a CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General -- Academic: Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing. General: CELPIP 7 or better in Speaking and Listening and CELPIP 6 in Reading and Writing
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50
- English as First Language Speakers: Evidence of one of the following:
Pre-Practice Experience Requirements:
- A clear criminal record check via the CRRP – Criminal Records Review Program.
- Immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines:
- Provide proof of a negative reaction to a TB skin test or a chest x-ray with a note from a physician stating that you are not contagious.
- A note from a physician stating that you are mentally and physically able to perform duties normally associated with your chosen field.
- It is strongly recommended that student immunizations remain current for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Polio, and Diphtheria.
- Completion of Student Practice Education Core Orientation modules
- Completion of First Aid and CPR ‘C’ Certification
- Completion of Food Safe
- Completion of Workplace Violence Prevention Modules
- Successful completion of all theoretical courses with a minimum 70% grade in each course
- Successful demonstration of skills testing in preparation or practice experiences
|Phase I - Theoretical and Lab Application Courses Hours|
|HCA-1: Introduction to HCA Practice||30|
|HCA-2: Concepts of Practice||70|
|HCA-3: Health 1 Interpersonal Communication||50|
|HCA-4: Health 2 Lifestyles and Choices||30|
|HCA-5: Healing 1: Common Health Challenges||95|
|HCA-6: Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges||60|
|HCA-7: Palliative Care||40|
|HCA-8: Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance||160|
|Phase II - External Training Courses|
|FoodSafe™ Level I||8|
|Standard First Aid with CPR C||16|
|Student Practice Education Core Orientation||8|
|Provincial Violence Prevention for Health Care Workers Modules||8|
|Phase III - Practice Experience Courses|
|HCA-9: Clinical Placement in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care||210|
|HCA-10 Practicum Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living||80|
|HCA-11: Job Preparation for Health Care Workers||25|