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Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status. Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instruction. An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program. Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them. Part-time students may set their own schedules to a minimum of two training sessions per week. These times may be scheduled during the day, evenings, or on weekends.

Program Highlights

With the aging population and the demand for the best quality of life, the healthcare industry is facing a growing shortage of well-trained personnel. Throughout the North American healthcare industry, there is an acute need to increase the size of the workforce, as well as to raise the skill level of that workforce. This program is designed to provide the knowledge and practical skills training required for an employment-ready trained graduate as a Health Care Assistant / Long Term Care Aide / Resident Care Aide.

* AOLCC Kamloops is in the process of reapplying for recognition with BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Students are not being accepted into the program at this time.

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Career Opportunities

Training in the Health Care Assistant Program provides the opportunity for students to develop basic nursing and social service training skills necessary for employment in one of the following settings:

  • community health care agencies
  • long-term health care facilities
  • retirement homes, group homes
  • private hospitals, private duty
  • adult daycares
  • hospices
  • complex care


Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Introduction to the HCA Profession
  • Communication Skills
  • Physiology and Development
  • Healing Basics
  • Healing Mobility and Home Support
  • Assisted Living
  • Health Challenges
  • Healing Needs
  • Job Search and Résumé Writing
  • Clinical Placements


In-house workshops reinforce the skills taught and encourage confidence in students. Workshops are:

  • Teamwork
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Assertive Communications
  • Medical Terminology
  • WHMIS (certificate)
  • First Aid and CPR, Level 3 (certificate)
  • Food Safe (certificate)
  • Home Support Worker (certificate)
  • Caring for the Cognitively Challenged (certificate)
  • HCA Medication Administration (certificate)

Clinical Placement

  • One or more practice placement(s) in Home Support and/or Assisted Living
  • A practice placement focused on specialized Dementia Care
  • One or more practice placement(s) in a Multi-level or Complex Care facility
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  • Anticipated salary:

    C$27,082 – C$47,780 (Information from PayScale Canada)

  • Program Duration:

    31.5 Weeks

  • Program Notes:

    Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

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