Program at a glance
Area of Study
Clinical and fieldwork placement
Open to International
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Health Care Assistant - ESL is designed for students who want to take the HCA program while also improving their English language skills.
As a Health Care Assistant, 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 health care team in both community and facility settings.
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HCA Program Start Dates
New Intake available every October
Current information for School of Health and Human Services students and HCA program specific handbook sections.
Health Care Assistant graduates are in high demand.
Do you have a genuine desire to work with older adults and persons with disabilities? Are you intrigued by the possibility of assisting others with personal care in the practical aspects of their day-to-day lives? Are you prepared for a career that will require you to work days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and 8-12 hour shifts? If you answered yes to all the above, then Health Care Assistant is the perfect career for you.
We'll help you succeed
As you work through the Health Care Assistant program's curriculum and your clinical placements, you'll acquire the skills, knowledge and values you'll need to provide professional care to the elderly and those facing other health or illness challenges.
Focusing on the elderly, you'll learn how to provide care that promotes and maintains the physical, psychological and social well-being of the clients you'll care for in your subsequent role as a Health Care Assistant.
Recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry
The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program delivered by Camosun College has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Graduates of the HCA program delivered by Camosun College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in BC to ensure that they are: following the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers. Confirming that HCAs meet registration requirements is integral to the Registry's mandate of patient protection and improved standards of care. For further information about the recognition process and standards please see: www.cachwr.bc.ca.
An investment in your career
Invest in yourself! Camosun can prepare you for a rewarding career and set you up for entry into an in-demand, health care field.
Effective from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
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 Interurban campus, the full-time HCA program is 11.5 months long. Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm from October - September.
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.
Curriculum & courses
Ready to get started?
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
English Language Competency Requirements:
Applicants do not require English 10 to be admitted to the HCA-ESL program but will be admitted using the following assessments.
- 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
- Attend an informational interview with the Health Care Assistant - English Language Development instructor to confirm program expectations, and discuss oral communication skills.
- 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.
Our Teaching Staff
Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.
Chair, Continuing Care Department
Program Leader, Health Care Assistant ESL, IHCA
Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.