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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.

HCA Program (Core) 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.

Course Course Name Credits
Total Program Credits 31
HCA 110  Concepts for Practice 4
HCA 120 Introduction to Practice 2
HCA 130 Interpersonal Communications 3
HCA 140 Lifestyle and Choices 2
HCA 150 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges 5
HCA 154 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges 3
HCA 161 Personal Care Skills 1 3
HCA 162 Personal Care Skills 2 3
HCA 171 Clinical Placement 1 1
HCA 172 Community Practicum 1
HCA 173 Clinical Placement 2 3
HCA 174 Transition Practicum 1

Health Care Assistant - Indigenous*

Course Course Name Credits
Total Program Credits 38.5
ENGL 059 Intermediate English / HCA 0
LRNS 103 Learning Skills for Human Sciences 2
HCA 122 Circle/Elder's Teaching 1 1
HCA 123 Circle/Elder's Teaching 2 1
IST 114 Indigenous Studies Health 1 1.5
IST 115 Indigenous Studies Health 2 2

Health Care Assistant - ESL**

Course Course Name Credits
Total Program Credits 31
ELD 056 ELD for Health Care Assistant 0

*You will take these courses as well as the core classes listed above for a total of 38.5 credits.

**You will take this course as well as the core classes listed above for a total of 31 credits.

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.

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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