Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant (HCA), Certificate (Camosun College)

For more detailed information see the following link to the Saanich Career Education web page: Health Care Assistant

Students interested in this program must meet with a Career Teacher to development a personal education/transition plan and complete all appropriate application and registration forms.

  • Health Care Assistants are support workers who perform some light nursing tasks for clients in need of assistance with routine, daily, personal tasks including some tasks of a nursing nature. Clients may reside in private residences, group homes, nursing homes, or other intermediate or long term care facilities. The HCA program can provide some of the prerequisites to the Licensed Practical Nurse Program as well as relevant work experience.
  • The program is open to grade 11 and 12 students and is offered in partnership with Camosun College. Participants in this program of study will be required to attend Camosun College for some of their courses and will also be required to participate in several blocks of Work Experience at selected care facilities in order to complete some aspects of the required practicum. Credits earned will count toward graduation as well as for HCA credentials.
  • Upon graduation from this program students can expect to earn wages in the $18 to $25 range with every expectation of becoming immediately employed as the demand for HCA’s is high.
  • Participation in this program will require careful course planning from grade 10 onward. Interested students are encouraged to seek the advice of a Career Counsellor in the Career Centre to ensure appropriate time table structure. Graduation from this course qualifies successful students for immediate employment at the entry level in the nursing field and provides an opportunity to experience firsthand what it would be like to work in that field.
  • If you are a “helping” person and want to learn more about the health sciences field, then this program is for you.

Health Care Assistant (HCA), Certificate (Study Options include Indigenous & ESL) (Camosun College)

For more detailed information see the following link to the Saanich Career Education web page: Health Care Assistant

Students interested in this program must meet with a Career Teacher to development a personal education/transition plan and complete all app

  • The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program is offered with two unique “study options”. These options are for students of Indigenous Ancestry* and for students for whom English is a second language (ESL). The core curriculum for both of these options is essentially the same but consideration of cultural uniqueness and supports for language acquisition are provided in these specialized study options for the HCA program.