Northern Lights College is pleased to announce that our Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program has been granted full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
Graduates of NLC’s HCA Program are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
This program website has been updated to reflect that the
HCA Provincial Curriculum 2015 will be implemented for all
program starts after September 1, 2016.
Learn knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line caregivers in community and facility settings. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centred care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive and social well being of clients/residents.
Graduates are prepared to work in any level of continuing care, such as home support, adult day care, assisted living, and complex care, including special care units.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus (in person). Distance delivery is typically available to the Fort St. John Campus, but travel to Dawson Creek on designated days is a requirement.
Length: 30-34 weeks
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
The following admission requirements reflect provincial standards mandated by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
1. For applicants who have been educated in an English-speaking environment (a country with English language systems/institutions) for a minimum of seven years, or who have been educated in an English-speaking environment for four consecutive years at the secondary or post-secondary level, submit secondary and/or post-secondary transcripts indicating successful completion of Grade 10 (or equivalent), including:
- Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL030, with a C or higher;
- Grade 10 Math or Career and College Preparation MATH030 with a C or higher; and
- Grade 10 Science or Career and College Preparation SCIE030 with a C or higher.
If course requirements are over 10 years old or absent, equivalency may be demonstrated as follows:
- Grade 10 English: complete all language sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Language) with a minimum score of 10.9 on each section; or complete the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) with a total score of at least 20 and an essay level of 4 (24/40).
- Grade 10 Math: complete numeracy sections (Number Operations and Problem Solving) of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test with a minimum score of 10.9 on each section.
- Grade 10 Science complete the Science section of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test with a score of 10.9.
2. For applicants who have not been educated in an English-speaking environment (a country with English language systems/institutions) for a minimum of seven years, or who have not completed four consecutive years of education at the secondary or post-secondary levels, submit evidence of:
- English proficiency through completion of one of the following:
- Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) within the previous six months: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6; OR
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the last two years. IBT only: Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing; OR
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or General within the last two years. Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing; OR
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Academic or General. Academic: Aggregate score or 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing. General: 7 or better in Speaking and Listening, and 6 in Reading and Writing; OR
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50.
- Grade 10 Math
- achieve a C or higher in Career and College Preparation MATH030; or
- complete numeracy sections (Number Operations and Problem Solving) of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test with a minimum score of 10.9 on each section.
- Grade 10 Science
- achieve a C or higher in Career and College Preparation SCIE030; or
- complete Science section of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test with a minimum score of 10.9 on each section.
Upon acceptance, the following must be completed one month prior to the start of the first class:
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- The deadline for completion of all admission criteria is August 1. Students will not be guaranteed a program seat after this date.
- Partners: Northern Health; Dawson Creek Society for Community Living.
- Students who do not have influenza immunizations may not be able to complete the clinical learning practice components of the program and MOST clinical learning sites require all workers, including learners, to have up-to-date immunizations.
- A large amount of course and program resource material is provided solely in electronic form. A personal laptop is recommended for each student.
- Transportation and meal costs during clinical and practicum experience are the responsibility of the student. Practicum/clinical assignments will be held at various locations, and may not be in the student's home community.
- Appropriate attire and shoes are necessary for practicum experience. Long shifts may be required for some components of the program.
- Completion of high school Biology and Chemistry courses are recommended.
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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Admissions Officer: Megan Bedell
Dean: Steve Roe