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Health Care Assistant

Admission Requirements

Attendance at a program information session is required. Issues which may interfere with progress in the program will be addressed at this time.

Admission requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

Health Care Assistant – General

Effective date: September 2018

Requirement High school course Camosun course Alternatives

English
one of:

Information Session Attendance at a Health Care Assistant program information session is required to ensure applicants have a strong understanding of the expectations of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program and the role of the HCA in the work environment. An online information session module is available for anyone unable to attend in person.
English Language Competency Requirements

BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants whose first language is not English will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of one of the following standardized English language proficiency test scores from an authorized assessment centre:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) (testing within the last year):
    • Listening 7
    • Speaking 7
    • Reading 6
    • Writing 6
    Note A CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General (testing within the last two years):
    • overall score of 6
    • minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening
    • no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (testing within the last two years):
    • IBT with an overall score of 76
    • no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening
    • no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
English Proficiency Self-Declaration Completed self-declaration confirming level of English proficiency

Health Care Assistant – ESL

Effective date: September 2018

Requirement High school course Camosun course

English
one of:

Informational Interview Attend an informational interview with the Health Care Assistant – English Language Development instructor to confirm program expectations, and discuss oral communication skills.
Information Session Attendance at a Health Care Assistant program information session is required to ensure applicants have a strong understanding of the expectations of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program and the role of the HCA in the work environment. An online information session module is available for anyone unable to attend in person.
English Language Competency Requirements

BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants whose first language is not English will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of one of the following standardized English language proficiency test scores from an authorized assessment centre:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) (testing within the last year):
    • Listening 6
    • Speaking 6
    • Reading 5
    • Writing 5
    Note A CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted. To confirm the appropriate level of English proficiency, Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) Report Cards (also may be known as ESL Student Progress Reports) would need to specify that an applicant’s current language level (“CLB levels now”), as “Completing” CLB Speaking 6, Listening 6, Reading 6 and Writing 6 AND that the “Recommended Class Placement for Next Term / Course” as Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7 and Writing 7.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General (testing within the last two years):
    • overall score of 5.5
    • minimum of 5.5 in Speaking and Listening
    • no score lower than 5 in Reading and Writing
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (testing within the last two years):
    • IBT with an overall score of 56
      • no score lower than 15 in Speaking and Listening
      • no score lower than 13 in Reading and Writing
English Proficiency Self-Declaration Completed self-declaration confirming level of English proficiency

Health Care Assistant – Indigenous

Effective date: September 2018

Note Before you apply, please meet with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Indigenous Advisors to help you plan your educational journey.

Requirement High school course Camosun course Alternatives

English
one of:

High School Graduation/Age Requirement High school graduate or 19 years or older.
Indigenous Ancestry

Camosun College views any student who is a descendant of the Indigenous peoples of North America to be an Indigenous student. This includes status and non-status Indians, Métis, Inuit and Native Americans who reside in Canada.

Information Session Attendance at a Health Care Assistant program information session is required to ensure applicants have a strong understanding of the expectations of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program and the role of the HCA in the work environment. An online information session module is available for anyone unable to attend in person.
English Language Competency Requirements

BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants whose first language is not English will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of one of the following standardized English language proficiency test scores from an authorized assessment centre:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) (testing within the last year):
    • Listening 7
    • Speaking 7
    • Reading 6
    • Writing 6
    Note A CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General (testing within the last two years):
    • overall score of 6
    • minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening
    • no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (testing within the last two years):
    • IBT with an overall score of 76
    • no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening
    • no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
English Proficiency Self-Declaration Completed self-declaration confirming level of English proficiency

Participation requirements

Once accepted into the program you'll receive a letter with more information and participation requirements:

  • A TB skin test is compulsory. TB testing must be done within three months of program start and students must provide documentation of this prior to the start of the first practicum or experience with public clients. Students are responsible for the cost of this test. An additional TB skin test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
  • Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the College barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement course and/or a clinical/practicum.
  • FOODSAFE and Standard First Aid with CPR Level “C” are required prior to the first clinical placement. Students will be responsible for the cost of these certifications.
  • Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.

Completion requirements

You must achieve a minimum of 70% (B-) in all academic courses and successfully complete the practicums and clinical placements to graduate with a Certificate in Health Care Assistant.

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What kind of applicant are you?

Camosun has three different applicant categories:

  • Adult
  • Current BC/Yukon High School Student
  • International

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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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