Health Care Assistant certificate
The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program is designed to
provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and
necessary to function as front-line caregivers and respected members of the
health care team, in community and facility settings. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional,
graduates provide person-centered care aimed at promoting and maintaining the
physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of clients/residents.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in any level
of continuing care, including home support, adult day care, assisted living, and
complex care (including special care units).
The program is based on the 2008 provincial curriculum and includes classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as practicum experience in a variety of settings
throughout the Fraser Valley. This is a full-time program with daily attendance expected. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Academic entrance requirements
1. Successful completion of one of the following academic prerequisites:
• Grade 11 with regular English 11 or ENGL 081
• B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent with regular English 11 or ENGL 081
• A minimum of 6 credits at post-secondary level
• Mature students, age 19 or over, will be considered if they meet the prerequisites for ENGL 091, ENGL 099, or ENGL 105 at UFV
2. Students for whom English is a second language may be required to have an English language assessment through the English as a Second Language (ESL) department at UFV. Students must demonstrate English ability in reading, writing, listening/speaking, and vocabulary at the 70s level with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) (see Note 1).
Note 1: As of September 2015, this requirement will change to the following:
Native English speaker: seven (7) years of education in an English-speaking environment (can be acquired in either consecutive or non-consecutive years). Applicants who have had four (4) consecutive years of secondary or post-secondary education in an English-speaking environment will be given consideration to meet native English speaker requirement. Non-native English speakers are required to complete one of the following English language competencies:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be within the last two years, IBT only – Overall score of 88 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 20 in Reading and Writing.
- 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 6.5 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 6 in Reading and Writing.
- Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be within the last six months: Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, and Writing 8.
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General – Aggregate score of 4H or better, with 4H or better in Speaking and Listening and 4H or better in Reading and Writing.
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 70, with no section less than 50.
Other entrance requirements
1. Current Red Cross standard first aid certificate or St. John's standard enhanced first aid certificate.
2. Submission of a signed
health questionnaire indicating physical fitness and emotional stability. (Form will be provided at interview.)
3. Completion of an immunization program prior to the start date. Immunization forms will be included with the letter of acceptance and must be received by the date specified. A Hepatitis B immunization will be provided upon entry into the
program. Applicants who have completed Hepatitis B immunization prior to entry
to the program must submit proof of immunization.
4. Satisfactory interview with a program faculty member who may accept or defer acceptance based on:
a) Knowledge of and motivation toward a career as a health care assistant
b) Financial preparation
c) Communication skills
5. Health-care experience. Your health-care experience must consist of:
• Experience as an employee working in a long-term care setting with elderly clients with a satisfactory reference; or
• 30 hours of volunteer experience with residents in a long-term care setting with a satisfactory reference. (Applicants may use the reference form attached to the back of the HCA program application form.)
6. Satisfactory written reference (work or personal).
7. Successful completion of a security clearance check. Criminal records check forms will be included with letter of notification of acceptance to the program.
8. A valid driver’s licence (learner’s licence is not acceptable) and reliable transportation to all clinical sites.
9. Students must be familiar with computers and associated technology.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Science Studies
When to apply
Applications must be received by May 1 for a September intake, or September 1 for a January intake.
How to apply
1. You may apply to the program prior to the completion of all entrance requirements. The following documents, however, must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, along with the application fee, in order to process your application:
• UFV application form (available at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply)
• Proof of academic prerequisites (transcript required; see Note)
• Completion of ESL Advanced Speaking, Listening, and Writing course sequence as necessary
Note: If you are currently enrolled in Grade 12, a letter is required from your school counsellor, stating that you are making satisfactory progress towards meeting the educational requirements for Grade 12 graduation.
Once these documents have been received by the Office of the Registrar, your application will be forwarded to the Health
Care Assistant program.
2. The following documents must be submitted to the School of Health Studies, Chilliwack campus:
• Health Care Assistant application form (available at ufv.ca/admissions/forms)
• Valid Standard First Aid certificate (16 hours)
• Basic Rescuer—Level C certificate (included in Standard First Aid certificate
• Proof of valid driver’s licence (learner’s licence is not acceptable)
• Work or personal reference
• Volunteer health care experience reference(s)
Applicants will be considered for the program based on:
Documents required in order to achieve “complete applicant status” for Health Care Assistant applicants include:
• UFV application form
• Health Care Assistant program application form
• Proof of academic prerequisite (transcript required)
• Satisfactory employment or volunteer reference working with elderly clients in
a care setting or with residents in a long-term care setting (minimum 30 hours)
• Current Red Cross standard certificate or St. John’s standard enhanced first aid certificate
• Work or personal reference
• Valid driver’s licence (learner’s licence is not acceptable)
3. Once “complete applicant" status has been obtained, applicants will be notified of and expected to attend a program
information session. Failure to attend the information session may delay entry to the program. Applicants will be contacted when dates and times have been established; a health questionnaire will be provided and must be returned to the School of Health Studies prior to interview.
4. Applicants to be interviewed will be notified.
5. You will be notified in writing regarding your acceptance. Upon acceptance to the program you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required by a specified date in order to reserve a seat in the program. This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. If you do not register for courses and pay the deposit, your place will no longer be held for you.
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted based on the
date of complete applicant status. This date is set when an application, all required
documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Dates and locations
This is a 24-week program which starts in either September or January. Classes are located at the CEP, Chilliwack campus. Approximately one-half of the program takes place in a variety of facilities throughout the Fraser Valley.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
Additional books, supplies, and field trips will cost about $250. Uniform(s) and white duty shoes will cost approximately $200. The cost of
parking and travelling to and from practicum locations is the responsibility of the student.
Lifestyle and Choices
||Healing I: Caring
for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges
||Health and Healing:
Concepts for Practice
Personal Care and Assistance
Dementia Care Clinical
and/or Assisted Living Preceptorship
All theory courses must be successfully completed before taking clinical courses. Successful completion of each theory course requires a grade of 75% or better. Lab and clinical courses are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section.