Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma with Co-op

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma with Co-op program equips students with hands-on laboratory skills and lecture knowledge required by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. With practicum and Co-op programs, students in Health Care Assistant program will garner real-life clinical experience and become eligible to be certified Health Care Assistants prior to graduation. 

The Health Care Assistant program at Create Career College prepares students for high-demand medical jobs in Canada. As a future front-line care provider, students in the HCA program are trained to provide person-centered care helping guard the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of clients/residents who have complex health issues in protective and supportive environments. 

This 62-week program integrates theoretical lecture training, which includes the hands-on Co-op. Graduates will be fully equipped and qualified to serve as Health Care Assistants in Canada and assist physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff.

Program Length

Duration of the Program: In total 62 weeks (1490 hours),  including 745 hours of Co-op.

Method of Delivery: In-person


English Admission Requirement

To enter the Health Care Assistant Diploma program, applicants must meet the following English proficiency requirements:

  • Obtaining a minimum score of 80 on TOEFL iBT, or a minimum band score of 6.0 on IELTS academic module

All British Columbia Health Care Assistant programs require applicants to demonstrate English language proficiency. 

Domestic and/or international applicants who are non-native English speakers will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Applicants must meet the English Language Competency Requirements set out by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.

Course List

Students are introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical concepts of being a Heath Care Assistant. The course focuses on caring and person-centred care, basic human needs and human development, family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

This course introduces the role of Health Care Assistant within the Province of British Columbia health care system. Students are introduced to the healthcare team together with the roles and functions of HCA within the team. There will also be opportunities to develop self-reflective skills.

This course focuses on developing self-awareness, understanding of others and effective interpersonal communication skills. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. Students will also have the opportunity to develop and use communication techniques to demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening.

This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own health experiences, recognizing challenges and resources that can affect life choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied to other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

This course introduces the normal structure and functions of the human body and changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing and explore person-centred practices, particularly as they apply to end-of-life care.

Building on other courses related to care giving, this course allows students to work with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental difficulties. The emphasis in this course is to support clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviors and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills in the role of Health Care Assistant. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences that assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop caregiver skills to maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of those in community facilities.

This supervised practice provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals experiencing cognitive difficulties. The opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of Health Care Assistant within a continuing care family.

This practical course places in a community setting to help the student become more familiar with the role of Health Care Assistant within a Home Support Agency and gain abilities to prepare graduates to assume the role of a Community Health Worker.

Start Dates

February 14, 2022

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April 11, 2022

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August 29, 2022

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November 21, 2022

Class Schedule







* Lecture time may be subject to change.