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Planning, Time management and organization for HCAs (HLSC 615)


Course Name



Planning, Time Management & Organization for Health Care Assistants


Course Description


This fully on-line is intended for Health Care Assistants (HCAs), or prospective HCAs in BC. The course covers content from the BC Health Care Assistant Provincial Curriculum Guide (2015) related to planning, time management, and organization skills for the HCA.



Subject Code


HLSC 615



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will be able to

  • apply critical thinking and problem-solving approaches to care planning for clients;
  • analyze the variables that influence the client’s care provision needs; and
  • articulate the role of the HCA in planning care.










There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is assumed. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this expectation.



Course Content


Topics include:

  • critical thinking as a caring concept;
  • relationship between critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making;
  • components of effective problem-solving and decision-making;
  • care planning as a problem-solving process;
  • care planning processes in health care settings (residential, community and acute);
  • concepts of client acuity and intensity, and how these factors influence the HCA’s problem-solving and decision-making regarding care provision and prioritization of tasks; and
  • role of the HCA in care planning.



Learning Resources


All required resources will be provided within the course.

The primary resource used isMosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker(4thCanadian Edition). It is available through the Douglas College Bookstore for anyone wishing to order a copy. It may also be available at public college libraries throughout BC where the Health Care Assistant Program is offered. This textbook is used by HCA programs throughout BC, and most of Canada. It is a good resource for anyone working as an HCA in BC.



Instruction Method


Interactive online course delivered through Blackboard.


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.





Assessment will be based on completion of assignments and short quizzes throughout the course.





The course is graded as Mastery/Non-mastery.


Successful course completion proven with official transcript request.



Completion Timeframe


Two (2) months (7 hours) from course start date. Students can also expect to spend additional time on assigned readings and assignments.



Registration and course start


Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


Summer 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
 Weekly, Monday  21216  Friday, one week prior

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