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Health Care Assistant Practice in B.C.

Course name

Health Care Assistant Practice in B.C.

Course description This course is designed to help participants understand the health care system and culture in British Columbia, and the role of the Health Care Assistant (HCA), in the province. This course will appeal to students who have come to B.C. from other parts of Canada, or other parts of the world who want to work as Health Care Assistants in B.C.

Participants are expected to have successfully completed Health Care Assistant or other health care professional training outside of B.C.
Course number HLSC 600
Learning objectives
  • By the end of this course, students will
  • understand and be able to discuss the foundational concepts that are integral to Health Care Assistant practice
  • understand the health care system in Canada generally, and British Columbia specifically
  • discuss the legal and ethical issues in health care assistant practice, and the role and responsibilities as an HCA within the health care team
  • understand the rights and responsibilities of HCAs
  • gain practical skills and techniques for finding the right HCA job


Course content An overview of foundational concepts
  • Caring
  • Critical thinking
  • Diversity and culturally sensitive care
  • Reflective practice
  • Responsibility & accountability
The Health care system in Canada and B.C.
  • Home & community care
  • Models of care
Legal & ethical issues
  • Ethics
  • Human rights, clients’ rights
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Scope of practice; delegation of tasks
  • Standards of care
Team work in health care settings
  • HCA roles and responsibilities
  • Working in varied settings
  • Policies and procedures
Reporting and recording
  • Confidentiality
  • Legal implications
Being an employee
  • Employment standards, occupational health and safety
  • Unions, registry
  • Finding employment (optional content)
  • Choosing a work setting
  • Job-finding skills
Learning resources
  • A course package of pages from Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker, 3rd edition (2013) by Sorrentino, Wilk & Newmaster
This is the textbook used by most Health Care Assistant programs at colleges throughout B.C. If you wish to look at the whole textbook, it will be available at most public college libraries. We have retained the original page numbers to make it easier if you are looking at the textbook. The course pack pages will be presented in the module they apply to; you may also be directed to look back at earlier modules for readings.As well as the course pack, there will be links to other documents and to websites for you to read.
Instruction method
  • Interactive online course in Blackboard
Assignments and due dates Grade will be assessed based on completion of
  • 3 discussion postings
  • 4 activities/assignments
  • 6 quizzes
  • final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 65 percent.
A Continuing Education course certificate is issued to successful students.
Completion timeframe

Students have three (3) months to complete this 30 hour course.


Registration in this course is ongoing with monthly start dates.


To register, pick your preferred start date below and call CE Registration at 604.527.5472 quoting the Course Number. Or fax the completed registration form to 604.527.5696.  Registration Form: HCA HLSC 600 Registration form


Payment is due at the time of registration.  Starting information will be sent, by email, to the student prior to starting.

Start Date


DEADLINE to Register

August 15, 2018 21170 August 13, 2018

For more information, contact the Program Assistant at 604-777-6527 or cehs@douglascollege.ca.