In this 32-week certificate program, learners prepare for an exciting career as a frontline caregiver working in residential, community and complex care facilities. Through a combination of theory, lab, and practicum, learners gain the skills and knowledge required to provide the highest standard of personal care that promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being for clients. In addition to meeting the Provincial Health Care Assistant Program Curriculum learning outcomes, the HCA program at NEC uses the Indigenous wellness model to prepare learners with knowing how to provide appropriate care for Elders, Indigenous families, and people with special needs. NEC has also partnered with various health authorities to provide the HCAP program for students. HCAP is an opportunity for students to be hired and sponsored by their employer to complete their training through a partnered educational institution such as NEC. You can join this program without any prior health care experience.
Indigenous people, Canadian citizens and permanent resident can apply to scholarships available
Graduates of this program leave with skills that will improve your resume and therefore better job opportunities.
Classes start on September 2023, in Vancouver B.C. and New Aiyans B.C.
Graduates of the HCA program are eligible to register with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and become a Certified Health Care Assistant. To learn more about this certification, please visit the BC Care Aide & Community Health Registry.
The HCA Certificate Program provides many career options for graduates, these include but are not limited to:
This program is Full-time, Monday to Friday
Become a Health Care Assistant in 8 Months
First Aid and CPR Level C, FOODSAFE Level I, Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) , WHMIS
HCA program is transferrable to any post-secondary in B.C. recognized by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
Students will receive $801.00 per week throughout the study period * Restrictions apply*
HCA100:Introduction to Practice -33 hrs
This course provides an introduction to the roles and functions of the Health Care Assistant
within the British Columbia health care system.
HCA 110: Health & Healing: Concepts for Practice -72 hrs
The course provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA , focuses on concepts of caring
and person centered care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture, and
diversity as they relate to health and healing.
HCA 120 :Lifestyle & Choices -33 HRS
This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a healthenhancing lifestyle. Aboriginal health and healing concepts will be integrated within this
HCA:130 Interpersonal Communication -53 hrs
This course focuses on the development of self- awareness, increased understanding of others
and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of
care giving contexts
HCA 140: Personal Care & Assistance-144
This practical course is comprised of lecture and supervised laboratory experiences which assist
the students to integrate theory from other course to develop care-giver skills that maintain and
promote the comfort, safety, and independence of individuals in community and facility areas.
HCA 150: Common Health Challenges -117
This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and
normal bodily changes associated with aging, focusses on person-centered practice as it
relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care
HCA 160: Cognitive & Mental Health Challenges – 63
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to work effectively with
individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. The emphasis in this course is on
supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviors and identifying
person-centered intervention strategies.
HCA 170: Complex Care Clinical practicum-152 hrs. 19 shifts 60 DOCUMENTED hours of Specialized Dementia Care
This supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply
knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level
or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working
with individuals experiencing cognitive challenges. Opportunity will be provided for
students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA with a continuing care
HCA 180 Complex Care Clinical practicum/ Preceptorship-80 hrs.
The purpose of this final preceptorship is to consolidate all previously learned theory and
skills. Students will have the opportunity to practice in a complex care setting under the
guidance and supervision of a qualified Preceptor and appropriate facility staff.
This experience allows the student to put theory into practice from previously acquired
knowledge and clinical skills. Over the specified time period, students will gradually
assume the role of the care aide/HCA and be expected to work as a full-scope HCA upon
completion of the preceptorship.
By the end of this rotation, students are expected to safely and competently work as a fullscope HCA (assuming the full resident workload of the Preceptor) by the completion of
HCA 190: Home & Community Care Practicum – 80 hrs
This practice course will provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and
skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting.
Opportunities will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the
HCA within a Home Support Agency and gain abilities that will prepare graduates to
assume the role of a Community Health Worker
Apply now for Fall Intake 2023