This program is designed to train learners to become Health Care Professionals. Our dedicated and experienced instructors will provide quality education with hands-on training to prepare students for the real world. Students will practice their techniques in labs equipped with articulated mannequins, hospital beds, medical gear, and fixtures. Furthermore, students will participate in a designated facility or a hospital and interact with patients throughout the practicum training period. This training will help students learn proficiency and the confidence most needed on a job. Our graduates work in both private and publicly funded facilities and hospitals as well as a variety of community settings. These may include extended care, intermediate care, assisted living, home support, rehabilitation facilities, and group homes. HCAs work as part of a team within a health care unit under the supervision of a health care professional such as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
Effective September 2016, Gateway College will be implementing the HCA Provincial Curriculum 2015 into all the HCA courses. Graduates of the Health Care Assistant delivered by Gateway College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
* This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Student loans are available for qualified local students.
Health Care Assistant: 33 Weeks
Program Delivery Options
To meet the need of students who require flexibility and convenience, this program is offered in:
Traditional Education (In-class)
Distance Education: Blended Learning (Online + In-class)
Applicants must be 19 years of age prior to the start of the study period or graduation from grade 12 (or equivalent)
Applicants must provide proof of meet Language Competency Requirements
Completion of an HCA Competency Assessment by the Nursing Community Assessment Service, with a remedial education referral letter from the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. *
* Note: The standardized PLAR assessment required is the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) HCA Competency Assessment with a Remedial Education Referral Letter issued by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:
Proof of meeting current immunizations/vaccinations as per health care organization policies/guidelines (or signed vaccination exemption form, except TB)
Criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults
CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
FoodSafe Level 1 (or a course deemed equivalent)
Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) E-Learning Modules
* Note: Additional Police Certificate from the country of origin, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults, is required for international students.
Concepts for Practice (theory, roles, law, organization)
Interpersonal Communications (empathy, medical terms)
Anatomy and Physiology (intro to body systems)
Lifestyle and Choices (activities of daily living)
Personal Care Skills (hygiene, comfort, simple treatments)
Caring for Common Health Challenges (life cycle)
Mobility Techniques (body mechanics)
Pharmacology (assisting with medication delivery)
Gerontology (study of aging process, demography)
Cognitive and Mental Health (including addictions)
Dementia (causes, stages, behaviors, Alzheimer’s Disease)
Palliative Care (end-of-life care, pain management, grieving)
Family Dynamics (culture, diversity, domestic violence)
Nutrition (menu planning, diet, Canada’s Food Guide)
Safe Work Practices (infection control, WHMIS, fire safety)
Assault Response (defensive and preventive skills)
Professional Development (transitions, employment skills)
Basic Computer Skills (Word Processing, Email, Internet Search, Netiquette)*
Acute Care (Acute Care Settings, Roles of HCA in Acute Care)*
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to obtain:
Health Care Assistant Diploma
Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Certificate issued by Red Cross
FoodSafe Certificate issued by BC FOODSAFE
Medication Administration Certificate
HCA Acute Care Certificate*
Provincial Violence Prevention Certificate*
280 hours of practicum experience.
Eligibility to register with the "BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry."
* Effective September 2016
Health and Healing: Concept for Practice
Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistant
Practice Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living
Practice Experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care
Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR Level C
Traditional Mode: Please contact our Admissions Office.
Distance Education (Blended Learning Mode): September 9
Gateway College offers variations of HCA program to suit the needs of different students.
HCA 33-week Program is best for students who are working or have other commitments as the courses is delivered in a slower pace with combination delivery option (in-class + online) which allows flexibility in schedule.
HCA-Accelerated Program is a fast track option for students who can devote more time to studies and complete the program in less than 6 months.
HCA-Access Program is ideal for students who have prior learning or work experience in the field, and would like to refresh or update their skills and knowledge to meet and exceed the BC Provincial Standards.
HCA & Communication (Year 1 & Year 2) provides international students or those without any background in healthcare a comprehensive training in language, Medical Terminology as well as HCA training- students can even apply directly for the Second year (Year 2) if they have the required English proficiency.
You may visit our website at gwcollege.ca and contact us for more information regarding these program variations. One of these could be the best fit for you!