Health Care Assistant



24 weeks

Full time

How to apply

Start date:
September, January 

Chilliwack campus at CEP

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  • The Health Care Assistant program delivered by the University of the Fraser Valley has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
    Graduates of the Health Care Assistant program delivered by the University of the Fraser Valley are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  • The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in BC to ensure that they are: following the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers. Confirming that HCAs meet registration requirements is integral to the Registry’s mandate of patient protection and improved standards of care.


Health care assistants are in high demand all over the Fraser Valley. Enjoy the job search advantage provided by top-notch training from a reputable school.

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes 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/patients.

The program offers classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as practicum experience in a variety of settings throughout the Fraser Valley.

The 24 week certificate program focuses on main areas of health and wellness which include interpersonal communications, lifestyle and choices, concepts for health and healing, understanding the Health Care Assistant role within practice, personal care skills and special needs in home support/residential/acute care, along with a variety of clinical experiences.

Application cut-off dates:

January start date (Applications due September 1st, or until spots are filled)

September start date (Applications due May 1st, or until spots are filled)


With an aging population, our graduates are in high demand. Our program will train you to provide daily, personal care for clients with chronic health problems. Many HCAs find employment in residential care facilities. Others find employment in home support, providing care in the individual’s house rather than an institutional setting. A small number of HCAs are employed in acute care areas in hospitals.

The First Nations Health Authority promote opportunities for young, passionate, and educated BC First Nations and Aborignial youth. Check out their health careers guidebook for info about specific health careers. 


Details outlining the entrance requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.


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