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The 2017/2018 Academic timetable will be posted Monday April 3, 2017.

Continuing student registration for 2017/2018 Academic year begins on Monday May 8, 2017.

New student registration begins on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

The college reserves the right to change its course offerings at any time. Note: Not all courses listed are offered every term. Unless otherwise specified, a minimum of letter grade of C is required to meet a prerequisite.

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HCA-100

Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice

70 hours lecture, 3 credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person- centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-105

Health I: Interpersonal Communications

50 hours lecture, 3 credits

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness and increases understanding of others, and development of effective interpersonal communications skills that can be used in a variety of caregiving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

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  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-110

Health II: Lifestyle & Choices

30 hours lecture, 2 credits

This course provides an introduction to the holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that may impact on their lifestyle choices and, consequently, their health. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multifaceted aspects of health and healing.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-115

Healing I: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges

115 hours lecture, 4 credits

This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-120

Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance

120 hours lab, 3 credits

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences that assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop caregiver skills that maintain a promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-125

Healing 2: Caring for Individuals experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges

60 hours lecture, 3 credits

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care-giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. The emphasis in this course supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-130

Work Role: Introduction to HCA

30 hours lecture, 2 credit

This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia healthcare system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-140

Practice Experience I

90 hrs practicum, 4 credits

This supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals experiencing cognitive challenges. Opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a residential care facility.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Health Care Assistant Program


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HCA-145

Practice Experience II

60 hours practicum, 2 credits

This practice course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency, Assisted Living Facility, and/or a Group Home and to gain abilities that will prepare graduates for employment in these settings. It is important that students understand the philosophy of community care settings and its emphasis on client choice and independence.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Health Care Assistant Program. Successful completion of the appropriate HCA theory courses is required to progress into the Practice Experience.


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HCA-150

Practice Experience III

120 hrs practicum, 4 credits

This final supervised practice experience provides an opportunity for the learner to become better prepared to take on the role of the Health Care Assistant. This course provides students with a further opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals experiencing cognitive challenges. Opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a residential care facility.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Health Care Assistant Program. Successful completetion of the appropriate HCA theory courses is required to progress into the Practice Experience.


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