Health Care Assistant Program

The HCA Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line care-givers and respected members of the health care team.

Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centered care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being of clients.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of practice settings including home support, assisted living, residential/complex care, special care units, other home and community care settings and acute care

This program includes 270 hours of practicum.

The Health Care Assistant program delivered by PACE Canada College is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Note: Graduates of the HCA program delivered by PACE  Canada College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

This Health Care Assistant Program is geared towards those with developed English skills. If you have undeveloped or developing English skills, please see the standard Health Care Assistant-ESL program here.

Duration of Program

HCA (Day)29 Weeks
HCA (Evening)28 Weeks
HCA (Weekend)40 Weeks

Program Courses

Theory /Lab Hours : 475 Hrs

Health and Healing Concepts for Practice70 Hours
Health 1: Interpersonal Communications50 Hours
Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices30 Hours
Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice30 Hours
Healing 1: Caring for individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges115 Hours
Healing 2: Caring for individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges60 Hours
Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance120 Hours

Practicum: 270 Hrs.

HCA 201: Practicum I
• At any assisted living facility
60 Hours
HCA 202: Practicum II
• At any complex care facility
210 Hours
Total Minimum Hours: 745 Hrs

**HCA Provincial Curriculum (2015) for the program starts from September 2016**

How to Apply

Domestic Students:

Prospective students must complete the following to gain admission into this program:

  1. Student must meet all entry requirements of program, complete and submit the Enrollment Form  in-person at the college .
  2. Students must pay the entirety of the course fee prior to the commencement of the course. However, in deserving cases, students may be permitted to pay via an interest-free installment plan. This can be done in-person at the college.

Eligibility Criteria

Prior to acceptance:

  • Proof of Grade 10 graduation or mature student status
  • Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements (Proof of meeting English Language Competency requirements.)

English Language Competency Requirements

For Native English speakers:

  • Evidence of one of the following
  • English 10 or equivalent
    • Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or
    • College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English(or higher) by post-secondary institutions. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
    • Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50, Spelling 23/32.
    • Language Placement Index (LPI): The three individual scores(Sentences Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20,out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40.
    • Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher

For Non-native  English speakers

  • Standardized English language proficiency test score
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be with the last two years, IBT only — Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
    • International English Language Testing System(IELTS): Academic or General — test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
    • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be within the last six months : Listening 7, Speaking 7. Reading 6  and Writing 6
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General — Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50

Prior to proceeding for Practicum

  1. Proof of meeting current immunizations/vaccinations as per health care organization policies/guidelines (or signed vaccination exemption form, except TB)
  2. Criminal Record check from Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults
  3. Standard First Aid CPR level  “C” or “HCP”
  4. WHIMS
  5. Food Safe Level 1
  6. Negative reaction to TB test or chest x-ray



Total $4,489.00
Tuition Fee$3889.00
Registration Fee (if applicable)$200.00
Other Fees$0

Career Opportunities

  • Health care aide
  • Nursing home attendant
  • Home support worker
  • Resident companion-medical
  • Personal care attendant-medical

Graduates can register with BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry which will allow them to work in Government funded Healthcare facilities.

Disclaimer: PACE Canada College reserves the right to modify or change any information pertaining to description, schedule or anything else, published on our website at any time.

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Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
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Disclaimer: PACE Canada College reserves the right to modify or change any information pertaining to description, schedule or anything else, published on our website at any time.