Health Care Assistant Diploma

Abbotsford (604) 625-1150 / Send Inquiry

The Health Care Assistant Diploma Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as frontline caregivers and respected members of a healthcare team in community and facility settings.

This program is based on the philosophy of promotion and maintenance of health, safety, independence, comfort, and well-being of individuals and families. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, Ashton students will be trained to provide optimal person-centered care, focusing on promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of the clients/residents.

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BC HCA Program Recognition Guide

This program has been developed using the BC HCA Program Provincial curriculum, as well as the HCA Program Recognition Guide in order to meet prescribed provincial education quality standards for Health Care Aide in Canada.

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Overview Admission Requirements Program Formats and Duration Upcoming Dates Course Descriptions Fees

Health Care Assistants provide personal care assistance and services in a caring manner. They recognize and support the unique needs, abilities and backgrounds of their clients.

Career Occupation

Health Care Assistants are prepared to work in a variety of healthcare facilities and community agencies. They may take on the roles of Health Care Workers and Resident Care Attendants.

Their work will be mainly with the elderly but may also include working with children, young adults, and families. Employment may be found in practice settings, including:

  • Home Support,
  • Assisted living,
  • Residential/complex care,
  • Special care units,
  • Other home and community care settings and acute care.

Applicants must:

  1. Be high school graduates or 19 years or older at the start of the applicant’s program or course;
  2. Be proficient in English (please see Admissions Requirement for HCA);
  3. Be aware that before beginning any practical education experience, they are required to provide evidence of the following:
    1. Successful completion of standard first aid, including CPR (level C) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED);
    2. WHMIS certification;
    3. Criminal Record check clearance from the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office;
    4. Successful completion of Food Safe Level 1 within 3 years prior to placement commencement;
    5. TB skin test and/or chest x-ray to rule out active TB (dated within six (6) months of first placement);
    6. Up-to-date immunizations in accordance with Practice Education Guidelines of BC:
      1. Tuberculosis
      2. Tetanus/ Diphtheria Toxoid and Polio Vaccine
      3. Measles Vaccine
      4. Rubella Vaccine
      5. Hepatitis B Vaccine
      6. Hepatitis A
      7. Varicella (Chickenpox)

For more details, please talk to our Admission Officers.


This program is delivered in-class from our Abbotsford campus. Part-time and full-time learning options available.


750 hours, including 270 practice education hours.

  • Full-time: 30 hours of instruction per week, the total of 25 weeks.
  • Part-time: 8 hours of instruction per week, the total of 94 weeks.


Start date: September 25, 2017

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Title of Course/Work Experience Component

  Number of hours  

HCA 01 – Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice 70
HCA 02 – Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice 30
HCA 03 – Health 1: Interpersonal Communication 50
HCA 04 – Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices 30
HCA 05 – Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges 115
HCA 06 – Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges 65
HCA 07 – Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance 120
HCA 08 – Practical Education Experience: Multi-level and/or Complex Care 210
HCA 09 – Practical Education Experience: Home Support/Assisted Living/Group Homes 60

Tuition fees for this program are due and payable at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documentary proof at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date.

All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $150 (Domestic Students) or $200 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $6,408.00
  • Tuition fee (International): $7,329.00

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks. The approximate textbook fee is around $400.