Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo
back to search

Personal Assistance

Course Code: CCSD 2370
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lab, Online
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

This applied course emphasizes support skills in personal care and health related procedures. Students will practice specific skills and reflect on the underlying values of caring interactions while supporting people in their day-to-day lives.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  1. Safety issues are important threads that are woven throughout all theory and practice of personal assistance skills.
  2. Basic cleanliness principals are applied whenever the practitioner is performing personal assistance tasks.
  3. Proper body mechanics for the practitioner and the person who is being supported help ensure safety and comfort while performing personal assistance tasks.
  4. Health is not a state, but rather a process and continuum.  It is a resource for, not the goal of, living.
  5. Use of an organized, goal directed decision-making process enables the practitioner to apply learning to individual situations.
  6. The knowledge of the basic structure and function of human body systems and how health related conditions affect these body systems enhance the practitioner's ability to assist in meeting an individual's basic human needs.
  7. Awareness of self, values, beliefs, and limitations are integral to optimal skill development.
  8. Practitioners are responsible to conduct themselves in a legal, ethical and caring manner.
  9. Practitioner's levels of skill are enhanced by applying theoretical concepts to actual lab practice in a controlled, supervised and "safe" setting, with their peers.


Methods of Instruction

  • Demonstration
  • Individual, Small and Large Group Learning Activities
  • Online hybrid

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Quizzes
  • Case Studies
  • Skill Testing

Learning Outcomes

1. Support the self-determination of individuals receiving personal assistance through skill demonstration.

  • Respects individual privacy and autonomy
  • Seeks informed consent for personal assistance activities
  • Analyzes ethical limits of personal assistance practice
  • Seeks feedback regarding personal assistance skill competence
  • Uses touch appropriately
  • Advocates for individuals that receive support

2. Anticipate and prevent potential health problems for individuals receiving personal assistance.

  • Assesses each individual and situation using critical thinking and a decision making process
  • Uses knowledge of wellness and body systems to provide timely and appropriate assistance
  • Explores disability and aging and the implications for providing personal assistance
  • Communicates with team members regarding changes in assistance situation
  • Consults and refers when appropriate
  • Apply knowledge, critical thinking and analytic reasoning in health care planning

3. Demonstrate proper safety awareness while supporting other’s personal care.

  • Washes hands and uses principles of cleanliness when providing personal assistance
  • Uses proper body mechanics while moving self and others
  • Explains legal limits of personal assistance practice
  • Reports and records safety and health concerns
  • Explains the use and maintenance of personal assistance aids and equipment

4. Provide individualized personal assistance to others.

  • Considers how the major principles of personal assistance are incorporated into each skill
  • Reviews and practices steps in personal assistance procedures
  • Adapts procedures to suit the individual and situation, using a decision making process and the Basic Principles of Care

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.