The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program at CapU combines theory courses, lab skills and clinical practicums in real-world health care settings.
In the program, you'll learn how to provide personal care to clients and residents in complex care, specialized dementia care, selected acute care settings and in the community.
You'll gain the skills to work with patients who have specialized needs, with training in personal care nursing, common health challenges and cognitive and mental health challenges.
The HCA certificate is normally an 8-month, full-time program offered in an accelerated format that allows students to complete the program in 7 months. Classes are taught by experienced health professionals who share their stories about clinical practice.
Applications for the Fall 2022 intake at our North Vancouver and kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campuses are currently reserved for participants in the provincial government’s Health Career Access program (HCAP), which is designed to increase the number of health care assistants in long-term care and assisted living services.
The HCAP program provides a path for applicants with no health care experience to get hired and receive paid employer-sponsored health care assistant training at an approved post-secondary institution such as CapU as part of their employment.
To apply for this program, see the provincial government’s HCAP program.