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); Fort St. John Campus (by videoconference)
Length: 28 weeks
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
- Grade 10 completion, with a minimum C in Grade 10 English or successful completion of Grade 10 English level of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test.
Upon acceptance, the following must be completed one month prior to the start of the first class:
- Current CPR (Basic Life Support) Level C with a Standard First Aid program (two days).
- Medical form completed by a physician, indicating applicant is of suitable physical and mental health.
- Proof of a negative TB screening test.
- Up-to-date immunizations including: Hep B series; Diptheria/Tetanus; Polio; Measles, Mumps, Rubella; Varicella, seasonal influenza and Pertussis
- B.C. FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each student is required to authorize a Solicitor General's Criminal Record Check before participating in a practicum involving children or vulnerable adults. No student will be permitted to begin workplace practicum with children or vulnerable adults until the Criminal Record Check has been received and reviewed by NLC. Students are obligated to report any Schedule B criminal convictions that occur after they authorize a Criminal Record Check but are still enrolled in the program. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- 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 Biology 11, Biology 12, Chemistry 11, and Chemistry 12 is 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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Program Chair: Cindy Broberg