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Applied Practice Experiences 3

Course Code: HCSW 1109
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.8
Semester: 7
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course students have the opportunity to consolidate their learning in Complex Care to gain further expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a continuing care facility. Students will also experience working with individuals with cognitive challenges in specialized dementia care units. As well, students will be provided with the opportunity to become familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency and to gain abilities that will prepare them to assume the role of a Community Health Worker. The course experiences will also allow students to acquire familiarity with HCA practice in the Assisted Living setting.

Course Content

This course will be organized around application of the following concepts:

  1. Problem-solving and care planning using critical thinking skills
    • Assessing
    • Planning
    • Implementing
    • Evaluating care
  2. Promotion of independence
  3. Communication
    • Caring
    • Observing
    • Reporting
    • Recording
  4. Care-giving skills
    • Safety
    • Organization
    • Comfort
    • Dignity and respect
  5. Values, beliefs, and standards.
  6. Responsibility and accountability.
  7. Reflective practice.

Methods of Instruction

Practicum experiences

Group discussions

Student presentations/capstone

Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a MASTERY course.  Students will receive a detailed outline of performance expectations at the beginning of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Provide care and assistance for residents experiencing complex health challenges, including cognitive challenges.
  2. Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident.
  3. Perform personal care skills in an organized manner ensuring the comfort and appropriate independence of the client/resident.
  4. Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of residents and families.
  5. Successfully apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills to increasingly complex situations.
  6. Provide personal care and assistance competently in ways that maintain safety for self and others.
  7. Perform the care-giver role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner within the parameters of the HCA role.
  8. Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with residents and families.
  9. Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways which contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  10. Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
  11. Undertake the role of a HCA in a community or facility setting.

course prerequisites

HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104 + HCSW 1105 + HCSW 1106 + HCSW 1107 + HCSW 1108


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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.