Pacific Coast Community College

Introduction

ABOUT Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast specializes in delivering health sciences curriculum to domestic and internationa students leading to a JOB and CAREER in the high growth health care sector by integrating labs and clinical practicums directly into the training program followed by a PAID monitored CO-OP work experience specific to the students field of study. Programs include Acute Care Aide co-op work experience Diploma (64 weeks,15 months, 6-months CO-OP), Health Care Assistant (HCA/RCA) Certificate (31 weeks), Acute Care Skills for resident care aides Certificate.Pacific Coast Community College we train the Care aides and community health workers that are the front-line care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings, including both home support agencies and residential care facilities. They are an integral part of our health care system. Health Care Assistants help health care professionals to care for patients. They may work in a hospital environment alongside doctors and nurses or in the home of a patient.

Health Care Assistants are responsible for assisting qualified health care professionals in caring for patients, who may be being treated in hospital or at home. The job can be extremely varied, since the health care professionals who require the services of a Health Care Assistant range from nurses to doctors, and from radiologists to midwives. The job of a Health Care Assistant overlaps with that of a nurse. However, Health Care Assistants are not allowed to administer medication or perform complex nursing procedures. They are responsible for performing health/medical support tasks. They also take regular observations and ensure that patients are constantly kept as comfortable as possible. Health Care Assistants are also able to help out during emergency situations, for instance during emergency resuscitation's. If a patient dies, Health Care Assistants are responsible for washing and preparing the body prior to the visit of relatives and transportation to the morgue.

While Health Care Assistants are responsible for recording the observations of patients throughout the day, they do not usually have much paperwork to do. Paperwork is usually the responsibility of the nurse. For this reason, Health Care Assistants will have relatively more contact with patients and the relatives of patients.

WHY Pacific Coast?

Health Care is ALL we do. The curriculum design, delivery and outcomes is the core focus of our entire staff from Instructors to Administrators to Senior Management meaning our students obtain a job/career in their chosen field.

All of our instructors are Registered Nurses currently working in the industry with years of practical and teaching experience that are passionate about their profession and have a sincere desire to share their knowledge.

Pacific Coast Community College is known for enhanced curriculum that goes beyond Health Authority minimum standards and content and for its unique program designs and composition. This is one reason why Pacific Coast Community College is able to maintain such a healthy relationship with its extended care facility partners operating under the Provincial Health Authorities.

Excellent Location - We are conveniently located in the medical district of Downtown Vancouver within 10 min walking from major transportation hubs.

Flexible Start Dates! - You can begin your study on multiple dates throughout the year. See the current class schedule for details.

Unique programing with paid industry co-op! - Pacific Coast Community College is the first institute to be approved by our provincial regulator (PCTIA) to deliver an Acute Care Aide diploma program.

The Acute Care Aide (ACA) Co-Op Work Experience diploma was designed for all students including International Students, Landed Immigrants, In-Home and Live-In Care Givers, and Foreign Credentialed LPN/RN’s, who do not have the Canadian training and validated 600 hours of BC Industry Work experience which is:

A. Required to achieve the Acute Care Aide designation and preceptor in a Public Hospital Acute Care Ward environment

B. Required to get a job in Canada matching their skill level and experience

Monitored Co-Op Placement:

  • A dedicated Pacific Coast placement manager and proctor are assigned to you for the duration of your program means your Co-Op work experience can be 100% validated.
  • You are not left on your own to find a Co-Op
  • We ensure you are placed in a BC Health authority approved facility
  • Your proctor monitors and documents your performance with your supervisor throughout your Co-Op

Approved BC Health Authority Co-Op Placement:

All of the facilities where we place co-op students to complete their work experience module have an Educational Affiliation Agreement with Pacific Coast Community College which is filed with the BC Career College regulator PCTIA.

This means you can be 100% assured that your co-op experience will be recognized by the Provincial Health Authorities of BC.

If you are a person seeking quality training leading to a rewarding career in the health care industry with stable employment at a good wage, Pacific Coast Community College is where you want to study.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I am working full-time in a facility as an HCA. Do I have to complete the co-op to get into the Acute Care Skills program and clinical?

A. If you have worked a minimum of 600 hours at a recognized facility and you are a registered BC Health Care Worker then you can go directly into the Acute Care Skills module, No co-op required.

Q. I am not from Canada but have nursing experience and certification in my home country; do I have to complete the co-op?

A. YES. A minimum of 600 hours at a recognized facility in BC and registration as a BC Health Care Worker is the minimum prerequisite for the Acute Care Skills module.

Q. I am an international student. Can I participate in a co-op in health care?

A. YES. As long as we verify you have completed all Health Authority mandated exams and tests and vaccinations prior to your participating in any practical situation in a care facility you can participate in the program.

Q. Are the practicum hours paid?

A. YES and No. There are both paid and un-paid hours in the practical experience components of the program.

Q. Does an ACA diploma guarantee me work in a public hospital as an Acute Care Aide?

A. No. There is no way to guarantee this. We can guarantee that without the ACS certification you will never work in that environment as an Acute Care Aide in BC.

Q. What other school offers an Acute Care Aide diploma with a registered Co-Op in BC?

A. None. Only Pacific Coast Community College

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Health Care Assistant Certificate (HCA/RCA)

Campus Full time 31 weeks September 2017 Canada Vancouver

The program leads to a Provincial License to work as an HCA and was designed with the idea that Health Care Assistants (HCAs) require basic theoretical knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes pertaining to the elderly, hospital procedures and a large dose of practical application, supervised site experience. [+]

Program Design The program was designed with the idea that Health Care Assistants (HCAs) require basic theoretical knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes pertaining to the elderly, hospital procedures and a large dose of practical application, supervised site experience. A Unique Structure Based on the above premise, the program is designed a little differently from other training programs. During this 31-week program, students acquire basic knowledge, including CPR, which will be required for them to start their on-site experiences. In other words, they learn the appropriate tasks and then they go out immediately and practice those tasks under the direction of a registered nurse, in small groups of eight students or less. All students rotate through three site experiences, hospital or long-term care facility, group home and childcare. These site experiences, along with weekly classroom instruction, support their preparation to work in a multitude of environments with all age groups. By the time students complete the practicum experience at the end of the program, they are fully functioning members of the work team. A Blend of Studies, Work, and Life Besides being involved with the program approximately three-four days per week, students are expected to spend time at home reading the text and completing workbook assignments. The program was designed this way, because many HCA students have other responsibilities. We also believe that this level of weekly commitment gives our students time to absorb the information, to enhance the learning process. Program Content Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice Health and Healing: Foundational Concepts Health and Healing: Interpersonal Communication and Relationships Health and Healing: Personal Care (Self and Clients) Specialized Healing: Health Promotion and Monitoring Specialized Healing: Care for Diverse Groups Specialized Healing: Treatments Instructor led clinical practice Job Search Additional Certificate Courses CPR Level C & First Aid WHMIS FoodSafe Safe Administration of Medication Foot Care Care of Clients with Diabetes Palliative Care Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the HCA Program, graduates will be able to: Provide person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident or client. Use an informed problem-solving approach 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 experiencing complex health challenges. Provide care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges. Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals. Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients/residents and families within a variety of community and facility contexts. Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner. Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs. Perform the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner. Employment Requirements Pacific Community College requires that students are prepared to study, but also to begin their careers upon graduation. We begin the process by seeing students through the series of steps that employers will require. This includes ensuring the student has the vaccinations and immunizations to allow for placement and employment within health care facilities in BC and Canada. *These immunization requirements are based on Canadian Immunization Guidelines and have been approved by VCHA Employee & Workplace Health & Safety. Employment Care aides and community health workers are the front-line care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings, including both home support agencies and residential care facilities. They are an integral part of our health care system. Health Care Assistants help health care professionals to care for patients. They may work in a hospital environment alongside doctors and nurses or in the home of a patient. Health Care Assistants are responsible for assisting qualified health care professionals in caring for patients, who may be being treated in hospital or at home. The job can be extremely varied, since the health care professionals who require the services of a Health Care Assistant range from nurses to doctors, and from radiologists to midwives. The job of a Health Care Assistant overlaps with that of a nurse. However, Health Care Assistants are not allowed to administer medication or perform complex nursing procedures. They are responsible for performing simple health/medical support tasks. They also take regular observations and ensure that patients are constantly kept as comfortable as possible. Health Care Assistants are also able to help out during emergency situations, for instance during emergency resuscitations. If a patient dies, Health Care Assistants are responsible for washing and preparing the body prior to the visit of relatives and transportation to the morgue. While Health Care Assistants are responsible for recording the observations of patients throughout the day, they do not usually have much paperwork to do. Paperwork is usually the responsibility of the nurse. For this reason, Health Care Assistants will have relatively more contact with patients and the relatives of patients. Salary Newly qualified Health Care Assistants can expect to earn between $26,000 and $32,000 per year. The precise salary provided to an individual will depend upon the nature of their position. After a few years’ worth of experience, the salary of a Health Care Assistant is likely to increase to approximately $36,000 or higher. Responsibilities The precise tasks carried out by Health Care Assistants will obviously vary depending upon which healthcare professional requires help. However, typical tasks include: Helping patients to undertake personal tasks, including washing, showering, and using the toilet Serving food to patients and helping them to eat if they are physically weak Changing dirty sheets and bedding Making the beds Talking to patients to ease loneliness and feelings of isolation Listening to the particular needs of patients and acting on these needs as appropriate Turning patients who are required to spend a lot of time in bed, in order to avoid bed sores Helping patients to move around their environment and to feel comfortable in their own homes or in hospital. This involves keeping their living area extremely clean and tidy Improving the mobility of patients Giving out bedpans Collecting used bedpans Ensuring that supplies of medical equipment are replenished Taking the temperature of the patient Recording the temperature of the patient Taking the pulse rate of the patient Recording the pulse rate of the patient Taking the respiration rate of the patient Recording the respiration rate of the patient Notifying health care professionals if temperatures, pulse rates, or respiration rates seem abnormal or worrying Measuring the weight of the patient Preparing patients for therapy or medical treatment Setting up equipment needed by health care professionals Assisting the healthcare professional while they administer therapy or treatment Ensuring that the patient is comfortable while the therapy or treatment is being administered Recording the patient’s progress following each session of therapy or treatment. Skills Health Care Assistants will need to possess the following personal and professional traits: A caring nature An approachable nature An open mind The desire to work with people of all ages and from all backgrounds Sensitivity Good communication skills Good listening skills A tactful nature The ability to keep sensitive information confidential at all times A respectful approach to patients and colleagues The ability and desire to take own initiative whilst recognising their limitations Flexibility The ability to work as part of a team The ability to remain patient and calm in tough situations A good sense of humour Reliability Good organisational skills Working conditions Health Care Assistants usually work in either hospitals or the homes of patients. They may have to spend a lot of time travelling between locations if work is performed primarily in a community setting. Most Health Care Assistants work on a shift basis, which may include nights and weekend work. However, hours are often flexible and part-time work is available for those who desire it. Employers Health Care Assistants are usually employed by the following employers: Local Health Care Associations, Boards, or Authorities Private hospitals Residential homes Nursing homes Hospices Private agencies Career progression Many Health Care Assistants choose to stay in their position throughout their career. This is usually because they find it personally rewarding as well as financially stable. At the same time, experience as a Health Care Assistant will provide individuals with a solid foundation for becoming a nurse, a midwife, a social worker, or a support worker. Admission Requirements - Health Care Assistant (HCA/RCA) Certificate Program Grade 12 or mature student Status (19 years of age or older). Acceptable criminal records check as required by the Criminal Records Review Act less than 6 months old at program acceptance. TB Screening that is less than 3 months old + updated immunizations required before commencing practicum. English Language Proficiency Requirements Applicants who have been educated in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of seven years or have been educated in an English-speaking environment for four consecutive years at the secondary or post-secondary level, are to submit evidence of one of the following: Successful completion of Grade 10 English; OR Language Proficiency Index (LPI) with a total score of at least 20 and an essay level of 4 with a score of 24/40. Applicants who have not been educated in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of seven (7) years or four years at the secondary or post-secondary level, are to submit evidence of one of the following: Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) -- test must be within the last six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6. OR 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. OR 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. OR Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Academic or General -- Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing. OR Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) -- Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50. [-]

Diploma

Acute Care Aide Co-Op Work Experience Diploma

Campus Full time 64 weeks September 2017 Canada Vancouver

This full-time diploma program prepares graduates to work as Acute Care Aides in a variety of health care facilities both public & private including hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and home care. This comprehensive program includes classroom hours, home study hours, community and facility clinical placements, a 600 hour monitored Cooperative work program and a final practicum. The work experience is paid, minimum CAD $15/hr which almost pays for the entire tuition! [+]

Program Description: This full-time diploma program prepares graduates to work as Acute Care Aides in a variety of health care facilities both public & private including hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and home care. This comprehensive program includes classroom hours, home study hours, community and facility clinical placements, a 600 hour monitored Cooperative work program and a final practicum. Program Length: 1497 hours over 64 weeks Program Components: Health Care Assistant Certification (Module 1) Acute Care Aide Co-op Work Experience (Module 2) Acute Care Skills for Health Care Assistants Certification (Module 3) Module 1 - Health Care Assistant Certification Component: 777 hours over 31 weeks (28 weeks of classroom and 3 weeks of preceptored work experience) Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice. Health and Healing: Foundational Concepts. Health and Healing: Interpersonal Communication and Relationships. Health and Healing: Personal Care (Self and Clients). Specialized Healing: Health Promotion and Monitoring. Specialized Healing: Care for Diverse Groups. Specialized Healing: Treatments Instructor led clinical practice Practical work preparation Practicums: Child Care observation. Community Based clinical experience (home support and/or assisted living). Clinical experience (continuing care/multi-level/complex care settings). Final Practicum/ Preceptorship (continuing care/multilevel/ complex care settings). Additional Certificate Courses: CPR Level C First Aid WHMIS FoodSafe Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Palliative Care Foot Care Diabetes Medication Administration Delivery Methods: Lecture, lab, audiovisual materials, on-site training Health Care Assistant Certification Evaluation: Assignment 1 : 10% Assignment 2 : 10% Quizes : 10% Mid-Term Exam : 10% Exam 1 : 20% Clinical Practicum Evaluation : 40% Grading System: Student 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. Module 2 - Acute Care Aide – Co-op Work Experience Component: 600 hours over 23 weeks This monitored work experience provides the student with real-life exposure to workplace settings and to not only put into practice, but master the provision of care, assisting clients and communication with clients, families, and other health care team members that the student learned during the HCA certification module with the goal of achieving the requisite hours and industry reference required to progress into the Acute Care Skills module. The student will work as a member of the resident care facility team as a Health Care Assistant. A Pacific Coast instructor would be accessible throughout the program but formally in one on one monthly performance assessments with the host/employer facility. The student would be directly supervised by the facilities designated department supervisor. Delivery Methods: Real-life intensive practice of HCA skills in a recognized extended care community setting, coordinated by Pacific Coast. Student Evaluation: Using the Pacific Coast preceptored practicum evaluation template, the preceptor evaluates the student on a monthly basis though out the program. Pacific Coast maintains communication with the site and the preceptor for ongoing feedback. Grading System: The student is required to achieve a consistantly satisfactory evaluation over the period of the co-op module by their direct supervisor at the facility in order to qualify for entry into the Acute Care Skills module and clinical preceptorship. Student Responsibility: The student is required to follow Pacific Coast policies at all times regarding professionalism, dress code, punctuality, and conduct. The safety of the client is always the top priority, and the student assumes responsibility with under the supervision of the facility for providing care and assistance safely and as they were taught, adhering to all of the facilities policies and procedures. Learning Resources: The Pacific Coast clinical module and facility supervisor mentorship Co-op Learning Outcomes: To provide proficient and efficient care and assistance, as per the clients’ individual care plans To communicate proficiently with clients, their involved families, and other health care team members To provide individualized person-centred care while maintaining dignity and privacy, and encouraging independence. To fully recognize clients as unique individuals, and to approach all clients without judgment. Appropriate observation of the client and reporting of exceptional or unusual findings to the most suitable team member. Accurate and complete documentation, as required Function independently, and be managing an actual work load in the setting. Becoming a practicing, provincially registered Health Care Assistant Achieving the requisite industry experience, references and positive record of employment to move on to the Acute Care Skills module of the program of study. Module 3 - Acute Care Skills for Health Care Assistants Component: 120 hours over 11.83 weeks consisting of 10 class days and a 2 week (6 days/ 48 hours) full-time instructor-led clinical practicum in an acute care setting. Students will be provided with additional knowledge and skills necessary to assist Registered Nurses in a new environment, working with patients/ clients who are acutely ill but stable. This program builds on the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the Health Care Assistant (HCA/ RCA) program. Students will increase their awareness of changes in health status, treatments and interventions, and increase their comfort in working with equipment commonly required by the acutely ill patient/ client. This program helps prepare learners to complete their employers’ delegated tasks certification process. The program consists of three units: two theories, and one clinical practicum. Program Outline: There are three units in the acute care skills certificate program. Acute Care Theory Unit A consists of a “Delegation of Tasks” course followed by three courses which must be taken in sequential order, followed by an examination. Acute Care Practice Unit B follows with a full-time clinical practicum under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor in groups no larger than eight. Acute Care Theory Unit A: Delegation of Tasks Working in the Acute Care System Care of Clients in Acute Care Care of Clients with Diverse Needs Acute Care Clinical Practice Unit B: Clinical Practicum in Acute Care Delivery Methods: Lecture, lab, audiovisual materials, on-site training. Student Evaluation: Acute Care Theory Unit A 60% Acute Care Theory Unit B 40% Grading System: Student 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. Student Responsibilities: Students will attend all classes and all practicum days. Students will wear Pacific Coast Community College photo ID in all practicum areas. Students will sign a confidentiality agreement. Students will provide a current security clearance certificate with no convictions. Students who are unable to attend class will notify the appropriate instructor; a doctor’s note may be required. Students with concerns or questions about the program will discuss these questions in class with an instructor present or on an individual basis with an instructor. Students will notify the facility and the instructor if he/ she is unable to attend practicum because of illness. Program Admission Requirements: Grade 12 or mature student Status (19 years of age or older). Acceptable criminal records check as required by the Criminal Records Review Act less than 6 months old at program acceptance. TB Screening that is less than 3 months old + updated immunizations required before commencing practicum. English Language Proficiency Requirements Applicants who have been educated in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of seven years or have been educated in an English-speaking environment for four consecutive years at the secondary or post-secondary level, are to submit evidence of one of the following: Successful completion of Grade 10 English; OR Language Proficiency Index (LPI) with a total score of at least 20 and an essay level of 4 with a score of 24/40. Applicants who have not been educated in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of seven (7) years or four years at the secondary or post-secondary level, are to submit evidence of one of the following: Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) -- test must be within the last six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6. OR 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. OR 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. OR Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Academic or General -- Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing. OR Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) -- Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50. [-]

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