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Health Care Assistant


The Health Care Assistant program is designed to prepare students to function as frontline care providers and valuable members of a health care team. Health Care Assistants receive direction and supervision from other health professionals such as Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. Students are provided opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide professional care to the elderly and those facing other health or illness challenges. This 29 week, full-time program combines theory, lab study and practice experience. 

Student practice experiences are an integral part of the Heath Care Assistant program. Clinical practice experiences occur outside of the college setting. While the majority of practice placements are in Centre close to NWCC campus communities, it may be necessary to utilize agencies in other Northwest communities. Students may be scheduled to attend practice experiences in other communities. Students must arrange their own transportation to and from practice experience sites and assume related costs. Students may be required to work a variety of shifts ie.: four-, six-, eight- and/or 12-hour shifts, including days. evenings, nights, and weekends.

At the end of program, successful graduates will earn a HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE and are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry

Program Outline 

The Full Time 29 Week Program is delivered in the following format: 

On campus - theory and lab study with some courses offered remotely through Video-Conferenceing. Contact an Educational Advisor for more information. 

The Health Care Assistant Program requires students to achieve 70% (B-) or higher in every theory course and CR (credit) grade in HCAS 107 and practice experience courses to continue in the program and receive their credential. 

Students interested in applying should read the Health Care Assistant Program Student Handbook 

Career Opportunities 

Graduates are qualified to work as frontline care providers in a variety of settings including: client's home, adult day care, assisted living, and complex care facilities.  

Learners should be aware that some employers require Grade 12 or equivalent for hire. 

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Admission Requirements 

Grade 12 graduation or 19 years of age.

All applicants will be required to fill out the English Competency Self-Declaration Form.

A completed Self-Declaration form confirming seven years of education in an English speaking environment and/ or four years consecutive education in an English speaking environment at the secondary or post-secondary level will require:

  • Grade 11 English or Equivalent

A completed Self-Declaration form confirming less than seven years of education in an English speaking environment and/or less than four years consecutive years of education in an English speaking environment at the secondary or post-secondary level will require one of the following standardized Enlgish Language proficiency tests as set by the BC Care Aide Registry:

  • The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL): Test must be written in the last two years, IBT only - overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in speaking and listening and no score lower than 18 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 in speaking and listening and no score lower than 5.5 in reading and writing.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT): Test must be within the last six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6. Note: A CLB Report Card from a LINC program may also be accepted.
  • Candian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General: Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in speaking and listening and 3H or better in reading and writing. General CELPIP 7 or better in speaking and listening and CELPIP 6 in reading and writing. 
  • Canadian Academic English Lanaguage Assessment (CAEL): Overall score of 60, with no section less than 50. Score valid for one year.

Clinical Participation Requirement:

  • Standard First Aid,
  • CPR "C" or "HCP",
  • Foodsafe Level 1,
  • WHMIS,
  • Immunizations and TB screening,
  • BC MInistry of Justice Schedule Type B Criminal Records Check (CRC).
Dates and Locations 



Location: Start Date  End Date 
Terrace  January 3, 2017 July 21, 2017
Prince Rupert* January 3, 2017 July 21, 2017
Smithers* January 3, 2017  July 21, 2017

*Students in Smithers and Prince Rupert will attend lectures by video conference, and would be required to travel to Terrace for lab practices on the following dates:

  • March 6 - 10
  • April 10 - 13
  • May 15 - 19

The program is offered subject to public demand and sponsor funding. Contact the nearest NWCC campus for information.

Program Fees 
FEES Full-Time Domestic (29 Weeks) Full-Time International
Tuition: $1,871.95 $8,620.11
*Student Union Fees: $81.72 $81.72
Mandatory Fees: $583.48 $633.48
Health Insurance: N/A $230.00
 Total Tuition: $2,537.15 $9,565.31
Additional Costs:    
**Books: $455.00 $455.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $500.00 $500.00
**Fieldwork/Practicum: $200.00 $200.00
Total Program Cost:
Tuition plus additional costs
$3,692.15 $10,720.31

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2017
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending location of practicum.