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Health Care Assistant

What You'll Learn

Person-centered care

Health Care Assistants learn a wide variety of practical and resident/client care skills. Our program is hands-on, with clinical placements throughout your time at Camosun. You’ll learn about interpersonal communications, lifestyles and choices, personal care, and how to treat patients ethically and with compassion.

What to expect

Located at our Lansdowne campus, the full-time HCA program is 29 weeks long (approximately seven months). Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm from September through March. There is also a spring start option: April to October.

Also at Lansdowne campus, the part-time HCA program is 44 weeks in length (approximately 11 months). Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-9pm and Saturdays, 9am-3pm from September through to mid-July.

Homework commitments may vary per student but are likely about three to four hours per day including weekends. You will be required to participate in full-time clinical placements that include day and evening shifts that may occur outside of regular class time.

Health Care Assistant courses

Your studies will provide you with the skills to advocate on behalf of the rights, needs, interests and fair treatment of residents and their families. As a Health Care Assistant you will develop a person-centred care philosophy aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well being of clients/residents.

Alternative study options

In addition to the general HCA program, you can specialize in one of the following alternative streams:

  • Health Care Assistant - ESL is designed for students who want to take the HCA program while also improving their English language skills.
  • Health Care Assistant - Indigenous is designed for Indigenous* learners who want to take the HCA program while focusing on Indigenous community and culture.

Practicum components

There are three different practicum components for full-time students:

  • 2 weeks at a dementia care or complex care site focusing on personal care, transfers, communication and dementia care,
  • 2 weeks of community focus at assisted living, group homes, adult day care centres, and
  • 6 weeks at a complex care site.

All practicum sites are located in Greater Victoria, Sidney and the West Shore.

Health Care Assistant - Core Courses

  Course Course Name Credits Tuition
Total 31 See What it Costs
All of HCA 110  Concepts for Practice 4 $254.80
HCA 120 Introduction to Practice 2 $109.20
HCA 130 Interpersonal Communications 3 $182
HCA 140 Lifestyle and Choices 2 $109.20
HCA 150 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges 5 $418.60
HCA 154 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges 3 $218.40
HCA 161 Personal Care Skills 1 3 $245.70
HCA 162 Personal Care Skills 2 3 $191.10
HCA 171 Clinical Placement 1 1 $218.40
HCA 172 Community Practicum 1 $218.40
HCA 173 Clinical Placement 2 3 $455
HCA 174 Transition Practicum 1 $136.50

Note Tuition costs for the current academic year listed above are for domestic students and do not include any additional fees. See the What it Costs page for details.

Health Care Assistant - ESL

  Course Course Name Credits Tuition
Total 31 See What it Costs
All of HCA 110  Concepts for Practice 4 $254.80
HCA 120 Introduction to Practice 2 $109.20
HCA 130 Interpersonal Communications 3 $182
HCA 140 Lifestyle and Choices 2 $109.20
HCA 150 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges 5 $418.60
HCA 154 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges 3 $218.40
HCA 161 Personal Care Skills 1 3 $245.70
HCA 162 Personal Care Skills 2 3 $191.10
HCA 171 Clinical Placement 1 1 $218.40
HCA 172 Community Practicum 1 $218.40
HCA 173 Clinical Placement 2 3 $455
HCA 174 Transition Practicum 1 $136.50
ELD 056 ELD for Health Care Assistant 0 $0

Note Tuition costs for the current academic year listed above are for domestic students and do not include any additional fees. See the What it Costs page for details.

Health Care Assistant - Indigenous

  Course Course Name Credits Tuition
Total 38.5 See What it Costs
All of HCA 110  Concepts for Practice 4 $254.80
HCA 120 Introduction to Practice 2 $109.20
HCA 130 Interpersonal Communications 3 $182
HCA 140 Lifestyle and Choices 2 $109.20
HCA 150 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges 5 $418.60
HCA 154 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges 3 $218.40
HCA 161 Personal Care Skills 1 3 $245.70
HCA 162 Personal Care Skills 2 3 $191.10
HCA 171 Clinical Placement 1 1 $218.40
HCA 172 Community Practicum 1 $218.40
HCA 173 Clinical Placement 2 3 $455
HCA 174 Transition Practicum 1 $136.50
ENGL 059 Intermediate English / HCA 0 $0
LRNS 103 Learning Skills for Human Sciences 2 $118.50
HCA 122 Circle/Elder's Teaching 1 1 $81.90
HCA 123 Circle/Elder's Teaching 2 1 $81.90
IST 114 Indigenous Studies Health 1 1.5 $320.28
IST 115 Indigenous Studies Health 2 2 $364.24

Note Tuition costs for the current academic year listed above are for domestic students and do not include any additional fees. See the What it Costs page for details.

Picture yourself at Camosun!

  • Health Care Assistants
  • Students practicing with lab equipment
  • Resident consultation
  • Award Ceremony 2014
  • HCA-I students studying in the Songhees classroom
Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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