Education for Health Care Assistants

Are you interested in finding out where you can train to be a Health Care Assistant? The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry maintains a comprehensive list of every public and private institution in BC that offers a recognized Health Care Assistant program. Classes are subject to availability.

Recognized BC HCA Training Schools & Programs

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Schools & Programs Listed By Region

School City Program Type
Columbia Bible College Abbotsford Health Care Assistant
Discovery Community College Maple Ridge Health Care Assistant
Oscar International College Abbotsford Health Care Assistant
Sprott Shaw College Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge  Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant Upgrade (Blended Learning),
Health Care Assistant Access
(within Post Graduate Certificate
in Nursing Program), and Health Care Assistant Internationally Educated (recognized as an HCA ESL Program)
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Division British Columbia Health Care Assistant
University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford Health Care Assistant
Vancouver Career College Abbotsford Health Care Assistant
Western Community College Abbotsford Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant + ESL, and
Health Care Assistant – Access

 

School City Program Type
Burnaby Community & Continuing Education Burnaby Health Care Assistant
Cambria College Vancouver Health Care Assistant
Canadian Health Care Academy Surrey Health Care Assistant
Capilano University North Vancouver Health Care Assistant
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care Richmond, Surrey Health Care Assistant
Collège Éducacentre Vancouver Health Care Assistant in French
Préposé aux soins de santé
Create Career College Surrey Health Care Assistant
Discovery Community College
Surrey Health Care Assistant
Douglas College Coquitlam Health Care Assistant
Drake Medox College Surrey, Vancouver ESL – Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery),
Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery),
ESL – Health Care Assistant, and
Health Care Assistant
Gateway College Vancouver Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant – Accelerated,
Health Care Assistant – Access,
Health Care Assistant & Communication Year 2 (recognized as an HCA ESL Program),
Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery),
Health Care Assistant – Accelerated (Combined Delivery), and
Health Care Assistant – Access (Combined Delivery)
Heritage Community College Surrey Health Care Assistant
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley, Surrey Health Care Assistant
Langara College Vancouver Health Care Assistant
NEC Native Education College Vancouver Health Care Assistant
Pacific Coast Community College New Westminster Health Care Assistant
Sprott Shaw College East Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Vancouver Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant Upgrade (Blended Learning), and
Health Care Assistant Access (within Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Program), Health Care Assistant Access (within Post-Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing), Health Care Assistant Access International (within Post-Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing)
Stenberg College Surrey Health Care Assistant, Health Care Assistant – International (recognized as an HCA ESL Program)
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Division British Columbia Health Care Assistant
Vancouver Career College Burnaby Health Care Assistant
Vancouver Community College Vancouver Health Care Assistant
Western Community College Surrey Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant + ESL, and
Health Care Assistant – Access
Westminster College Surrey Health Care Assistant Program

 

School City Program Type
College of the Rockies Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere Health Care Assistant
First College Kelowna Health Care Assistant
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Merritt Health Care Assistant
Okanagan College Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Vernon Health Care Assistant
Selkirk College Trail Health Care Assistant, Health Care Assistant Access
within Post-Graduate Diploma
in Gerontological Nursing)
Sprott Shaw College Kamloops, Kelowna, Osoyoos, Penticton Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant Upgrade (Blended Learning), and
Health Care Assistant Access (within Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Program)
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, Williams Lake Health Care Assistant
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Division Multiple locations in British Columbia Health Care Assistant
(Combined Delivery)

 

School City Program Type
Coast Mountain College (formerly Northwest Community College) Terrace, Smithers Health Care Assistant
College of New Caledonia Prince George, Quesnel Health Care Assistant
Northern Lights College Dawson Creek, Fort St. John Health Care Assistant
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Division British Columbia Health Care Assistant

 

School City Program Type
Capilano University Sechelt Health Care Assistant
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Division British Columbia Health Care Assistant
Vancouver Island University Powell River Health Care Assistant

 

School City Program Type
Cambria College Victoria Health Care Assistant
Camosun College Victoria Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant – ESL, and
Health Care Assistant – Indigenous
Discovery Community College Campbell River, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Parksville Health Care Assistant
Excel Career College Courtenay Health Care Assistant
North Island College Courtenay, Port Alberni Health Care Assistant
Sprott Shaw College Nanaimo, Victoria Health Care Assistant,
Health Care Assistant Upgrade (Blended Learning), and
Health Care Assistant Access (within Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Program)
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Division British Columbia Health Care Assistant
(Combined Delivery)
Vancouver Island University Duncan, Nanaimo Health Care Assistant

 

Transitional Education for Health Care Assistants

As part of the registration process with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry, you may be required to take transition courses as part of your registration requirements.

HCA Dual Credit Options

High school students! Did you know you might be eligible to participate in a school-funded HCA dual credit training? You can earn dual credits that count towards your high school diploma and your HCA certificate at the same time! Learn more.

Brittany Hughes Is A Health Care Assistant Making A Difference in Fort St. John

“Being a care aide is so much more than what people think and expect. We are the eyes, ears and voices of the elderly. We are their families… in so many ways,” says Brittany Hughes, a Health Care Assistant with the Northern Health Authority (NHA), working and living in Fort St. John.

BCCPA HCA Training Program

With funding from the WorkBC Community Workforce Response Grant, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is training three 16-person cohorts of health care assistants in Parksville, Cowichan Valley, and Kamloops, B.C. The training program will be delivered in partnership with Discovery Community College.

BCCPA will cover the entire cost of tuition for participants, as well as provide additional living supports.

Join us for an Information Session about the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program

If you are interested in becoming a Health Care Assistant (HCA) and are in need of financial assistance, there are options available for you. One of these options is the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program created by Health Match BC, a division of the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), which offers professional recruitment services on behalf of British Columbia’s public health employers.

What Makes the Ideal Health Care Assistant?

What makes a great health care assistant? HCAs are people who enjoy the company of other people.

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