Resources for Mature Learners
Whether you are making a career change or thinking about coming back to work after taking time off, consider a career as a Health Care Assistant. As an HCA, you can truly make a difference in your community, earn competitive wages and benefits, and be a valued member of a health care team.
For insight into the experience of other mature learners who have completed an HCA program, watch this video.
Watch the following videos to learn more about the role of an HCA:
Check out these WorkBC profiles for more information:
- Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (3413)
- Home support workers, housekeeper and related occupations (4412)
We know that your time is valuable, and returning to school while balancing commitments can be a challenge. At approximately seven months long, these HCA programs are a good return on your investment and may even offer flexible delivery options during weekends and evenings, and online.
Nursing Access and Bridging Programs
If you have already trained as an HCA and you wish to advance your studies, you can put your prior learning as an HCA toward other post-secondary programs, such as Nursing Access and Bridging Programs. These programs support the move from HCA to Licensed Practical Nurse, and from Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse. These programs are designed for those with HCA education and experience to receive nursing credentials more quickly.
If you need financial assistance in order to enroll in an HCA program, there are options available. Please contact an HCA education program about available financial supports, or follow the links for more information about loans, scholarships, bursaries, and more:
- Canada Student Grants and Loans
- Adult Upgrading Grant
- Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary – Mature Student Bursary
- Douglas College – Health Care Bursaries
- North Island College – Evergreen Club Bursary
- Northern Lights College – Health Care Assistant Bursary
HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program
Health Match BC provides support to future HCAs who aim to register with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry through the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program. This program includes financial assistance to complete the NCAS assessment and registration process as well as valuable guidance and connections to education and employment opportunities. The HCA Program Info Sheet describes, in more detail, the supports available through this program.
Mental Health & Wellness for Healthcare Workers
Care for Caregivers is a mental health and wellness resource hub for continuing care workers. Whether you’re looking for up to date credible information to ease your mind, a free workshop to learn about resiliency, or quick daily coping tips, it’s all on one website.
Health & Safety
SafeCareBC is a not-for-profit society working to ensure injury-free, safe working conditions for long-term care workers in BC. Their website provides resources for injury prevention and safety training.
WorkSafeBC offers health care injury prevention resources by topic (chemical and physical hazards, dementia, general ergonomics, general safety, infectious disease, patient handling, slips and trips, violence) and by sector (home care, social services).
The Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) was developed in 2010 to fill a need for effective, recommended, and provincially recognized violence prevention education for all British Columbia health care workers across a range of care settings, including affiliate organizations. The PVPC was refined and updated in 2015 to align with trauma-informed practice, dementia care, and pediatric care principles.
WorkSafeBC, Dementia: Understanding Risks and Preventing Violence
This resource provides information about the way clinical care approaches and interventions can prevent or minimize the risk of injury to workers when caring for people with dementia.
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