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What is a Health Care Assistant?

Health Care Assistants (also referred to as HCAs) are direct care providers who are important and respected members of British Columbia’s healthcare team. They play a critical role in helping BC residents receive quality, person-centred care. They provide services in various healthcare settings, including acute care, assisted living, continuing care, and community care. Learn more about Health Care Assistants

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Becoming a Health Care Assistant

Select the category that best fits your situation to learn more about the pathways to becoming a registered Health Care Assistant, in addition to information on available financial supports, training, and employment options.

Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Graduates of HCA Programs in Canada
(Outside of BC)

Youth

adult learners

Nursing Students

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Latest News

Health Care Assistant’s Day 2021

October 18, 2021 is Health Care Assistant Day in BC! Join us in celebrating and recognizing all Health Care Assistants in your community this year, to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our health care system.

NCAS Field Test

The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is seeking current Health Care Assistant (HCA) students, recent HCA graduates and experienced HCAs to field test a new HCA assessment. An honorarium of $100.00 will be provided.

HCA Recruitment Incentive

HCA Recruitment Incentive

On January 21, 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced that students completing Health Care Assistant (HCA) Programs who choose to take employment in the long-term care or assisted living sector, and commit to a 12-month return-of-service (ROS) will be eligible for a recruitment incentive of $5,000.

Choose2Care Live Q&A (Video)

Eight months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm. While it left many out of a job, others needed to give more than they ever had. ‘Stories of the Heart,’ a short film from The BC Centre for Palliative Care, recounts the experience of four Health Care Assistants (HCAs) in British Columbia; stories of patience, perseverance, and empathy. The compilation of real experiences from over 80 HCAs formed what these four actors share. This is a short film that is definitely worth the watch.

Increase in NCAS Fees

HCA NCAS assessment fees are increasing to $2,000 effective January 15, 2021. Please visit the NCAS website for more details.

We are happy to announce that the Health Match BC (HMBC) HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program will cover the cost of the increased NCAS fees!

Choose2care at Hearts and Hands event in Victoria

Choose2Care Celebrates its 1-year Anniversary

Health Care Assistants (HCA) play an essential role in BC’s health care system; they make a significant difference in the everyday lives of seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable clients. In order to increase HCA education enrolment, create opportunities for those with existing HCA competencies in becoming registered HCAs, and ensure that BC residents have access to all forms of care they need, Health Match BC collaborated with The Ministry of Health, the BC health authorities, and other provincial partners to launch the Choose2Care program. Since October 2019, Choose2Care has provided potential HCAs with the information necessary to train, register, and become employed as an HCA.

Stories of the Heart

Eight months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm. While it left many out of a job, others needed to give more than they ever had. ‘Stories of the Heart,’ a short film from The BC Centre for Palliative Care, recounts the experience of four Health Care Assistants (HCAs) in British Columbia; stories of patience, perseverance, and empathy. The compilation of real experiences from over 80 HCAs formed what these four actors share. This is a short film that is definitely worth the watch.

Skilled Immigrants Info Centre Event

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.

Health Care Assistant’s Day

October 18, 2020 marks Health Care Assistant Day in BC. Join us in celebrating and recognizing all Health Care Assistants in your community this year, to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our health care system.

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.

About Us

The purpose of Choose2Care is to increase public awareness of the Health Care Assistant profession and to provide potential Health Care Assistants with the information they need to train, register, and become employed. The team offers a suite of bursaries and stipends to financially support Health Care Assistants at different stages of their registration and employment process. Learn more.

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