Get professional training for a career in health care. There are three study options for you to choose from: HCA; HCA - ESL to help you improve your English language skills; or for people of Indigenous ancestry, Health Care Assistant - Indigenous.
Health Care Assistant
As a Health Care Assistant (HCA), you’ll be given the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as a front line care giver and respected member of the healthcare team in both community and facility settings. The 7 month, full-time general Health Care Assistant program is offered biannually, starting in the fall or the spring. The part-time program is offered over 11 months each September pending funding.
In addition to the general HCA program, you can specialize in the following alternative stream:
Health Care Assistant - Indigenous
For people of Indigenous ancestry*
The Health Care Assistant - Indigenous (HCA-I) program is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and values necessary to provide care to families and individuals in First Nations and Indigenous communities. The program will provide opportunities for you to reflect, and develop self-awareness and pride as you develop your care giving potential.
Once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to work in any level of continuing care, including adult daycare, personal care, assisted living, home support, complex care, group homes and special care units. You’ll work collaboratively as part of a health care team, functioning under the direction and supervision of an appropriate health care professional.
We offer this 11.5 month certificate program every few years. Please see the specific HCA - Indigenous program admissions requirements.
*Camosun recognizes all Indigenous students who are descendants of Indigenous peoples of what is now called North America including status and non-status Indians, Métis, Inuit and Native Americans.
Health Care Assistant - English as a Second Language (ESL)
Health Care Assistants are employed in many levels of continuing care, including adult day care, personal care, intermediate care, extended care, group homes and community or home support agencies. You’ll work collaboratively as a member of a health care team, under the direction and supervision of an appropriate health care professional.
The 11.5 month, HCA-ESL program offers you a unique opportunity to have English language support while you study the core HCA courses. Please see the specific HCA-ESL program admissions requirements.
The Health Care Assistant – ESL program is not eligible for government student loan; however, you may be eligible for the Adult Upgrading Grant for a portion of the program. For more information about possible funding options or questions visit Financial Aid & Awards or talk to a Financial Aid advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a Health Care Assistant you can expect a starting salary of approximately $21.50 per hour ($35,000-$44,000/yr).
You’ll be expected to work days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and 8-12 hour shifts.
Most graduates work in one or more casual positions before becoming full-time and most work full-time hours.