Selkirk College

Health Care Assistant

  • 26-Weeks (16-weeks theory, 10-weeks practice)
  • Full Time
  • Regular

Program Description

Are you interested in becoming a front line health care worker and assisting clients with their personal care, nutrition, and mobility? Our program will support you in developing the confidence, knowledge and skills required to provide safe care and contribute to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of clients in a variety of health care settings. 

Blended Online and In-person Training 

Complete theory courses online! Study from your home and join three in-person workshops to complete the lab skills course. Selkirk College has flexible study options for the HCA program. We want to help you make it work. Contact admissions for further details.

The HCA program is 26 weeks in total. During the first 16 weeks, students complete theory and lab courses during in-person classes on the Trail campus and online, followed by completion of 270 hours of practice in residential and community care settings during the final ten weeks of the program.

As a graduate, you will be a respected member of the health care team and work under the direction and supervision of a health professional. 

The HCA Program delivered by Selkirk College has been granted a full, five-year recognition by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Graduates of the program are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Take This Program If You Are

  • Caring
  • Genuinely interested in people
  • Comfortable dealing with difficult situations
  • Easily adaptable to diversity
  • A good communicator
  • Self-motivated and responsible

Career Options Include

  • Adult Day Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Community Health Workers
  • Complex Care
  • Front-Line Care Providers
  • Home Support
  • Residential Care Attendants
  • Special Care Units

Special Costs and Travel

Students are required to have uniforms, and footwear that comply to Work Safe BC standards. In addition, students must be prepared to travel to clinical practice agencies. Access to a reliable vehicle is necessary. Students are required to possess a valid BC driver’s license by the start of HCA 107.

Clinical and practicum placements are arranged on the basis of student learning needs and available learning experiences. It is not possible to comply with the personal and travel requirements of individual students.

Admission Description

In order to attend Selkirk College you must meet the admission requirements for the College and for the program you wish to enrol in.

Selkirk College Admission Requirements:

  • Have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or
  • Be 19 years of age or over at the time of application, or
  • Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal
  • Read more about admission requirements according to Policy 8611

Academic Requirements for HCA

Official transcripts from high school or post-secondary institutions (mailed directly from the Ministry of Education and educational institutions) showing the following:

  • A minimum of 67% or higher is required in English 10
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate proficiency in English as outlined by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.  Standardized proficiency assessments and required scores in all four language skills areas: (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are outlined at https://www.cachwr.bc.ca/Educators.aspx
  • Completion of the College Readiness Tool (CRT).  The College Readiness Tool (CRT) in reading, writing and mathematics must be completed prior to starting the program if you are a first time applicant to Selkirk College.

Non Academic Requirements for HCA

  • Applicant questionnaire
  • Three (3) personal references serve to provide evidence of the personal characteristics required by the program. Such references should be supplied by counsellors, employers, instructors or supervisors. References from friends and relatives are not acceptable for this purpose.
  • English language declaration form  Self-Declaration Form for English Competency HCA Programs

Applicants are also encouraged to complete the following requirements prior to start date of program

  • Standard First Aid with CPR Level C
  • Food Safe Certificate
  •  Computer Skills are required for this program.  Necessary skills include knowledge of internet, email, word processing and file management. You are encouraged to complete the  Computer Skills Self Assessment

Practicum Requirements

  • For applicable practicum sites, applicants must be able to demonstrate compliance with Public Health Officer's orders with respect to COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
  • Health Program Immunization Record
  • Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check (CRC). The School will not seek practice placements for students whose CRC is adjudicated and deemed unacceptable for working with vulnerable clients.

RECOMMENDED

  • Drivers licence or access to transportation for practicum placement

International Students

International Students (students who are applying to Selkirk College from locations outside of Canada) should follow the application steps required by Selkirk International.


Other Details


  • Program Type: Full Time


  • Study Type: Regular


  • Key Point: Health and wellness


  • Category: Health and wellness


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Selkirk College

Program level:
26-Weeks (16-weeks theory, 10-weeks practice)
Application fee: $100.00 USD
Tuition: $2,361.00 USD
Cost of Living: $1,590.00 USD
Starting Date: Submission deadline Status
January 2022 January 2022 Open Now

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