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 complete a Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) competency-based assessment. Following the NCAS assessment, you may be required to take additional transition courses if the assessment indicates you have “undemonstrated competencies.”

Transitional education courses listed below, identified with an asterisk (*), are ones you may be referred to take to fulfill any unmet competency requirements. It is recommended that you speak with someone from the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry or the Health Care Assistant Career Consultant before registering for courses as part of your registration requirements.

Continuing education courses available to Health Care Assistants are also listed below. These courses are optional to take if you would like to increase your knowledge in certain areas.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and focuses on learning opportunities offered by non-profit and publicly funded organizations. Private training institutions may offer relevant courses as well; these can be searched on a centralized directory.

Transitional Education

Transition Courses

Body Mechanics and Client Mobility*

This online course addresses the HCA’s role in providing safe client ambulation and positioning, and the proper use of body mechanics. Learn more.

Infection Prevention*

This online course will help the HCA understand how infections spread and best practices for infection for preventing infection. Learn more.

Medication Basics for Health Care Assistants*

This online course prepares the HCA to provide assistance with medications. This course does not meet the requirements for Health Care Assistants to administer medications in assisted-living settings. Learn more.

Planning, Time Management & Organization for HCAs*

This online course will help the HCA with planning, time management, and organizational skills. Learn more.

Health Care Assistant – Introduction to Practice Course*

This course is an introduction to the role of the HCA within the BC health care system: the health care team and the roles and functions of HCAs within the team. Learn more.

Dementia Care*

This online course is intended for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of dementia and dementia care. Learn more

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

SafeCare BC Courses

SafeCare BC is committed to providing outstanding professional development for Health Care Assistants in BC and to connect HCAs to other professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Suicide and Alertness Training

The Canadian Mental Health Association offers these suicide and alertness training courses:
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): a two-day interactive workshop in suicide intervention and safety planning
Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK) is a half-day training in suicide alertness. Learn more.

Mental Health First Aid

This course covers first aid for helping a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis. Learn more.

Medication Management for Health Care Assistants

This course is intended to support Health Care Assistants who are seeking employment in assisted-living facilities. Participants learn how medication administration is incorporated into the philosophy of assisted-living care settings. Learn more.

Certificate in Medication Administration for Health Care Assistants

This two-course certificate program gives the HCA an opportunity to review medication administration theory, and to practice the skills in a lab setting. Successful completion of the full program will prepare individuals to safely administer medications in the assisted-living setting under the supervision of a nurse. Learn more.

Long-term Care Management

This four course, part-time, online program is designed primarily for staff who aspire to move into leadership positions within the rapidly expanding long-term care industry, but is also open to individuals with experience in other industries. The program will provide an overview of the key concepts necessary for successful leadership in long-term care. For program description, click here.

End of Life Doula

This course is designed for individuals who have been or will be called upon to provide care, support, and advocacy for someone who is facing the end of their life. Students in this program develop an understanding of how the continuity of care and advocacy they provide complements the end-of-life care provided by the medical community and hospice palliative care workers and volunteers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the questions and issues that arise at end of life, and have opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions, and navigate community resources that can support caregivers through the end-of-life journey. Learn more.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judging.” Often, we can be lost in our thoughts or distractions and miss out on what really matters in our lives. Offered over eight evenings plus one full-day retreat, this program offers guided mindfulness meditation practices that help participants learn to focus their energy and attention, and manage distractions and stresses to live mindfully. Learn more.

Activity Assistant Program

The program provides specialized professional development for individuals who have previous education and training in health care (LPNs, RNs, HCAs, and home care aides) or community support (education assistants and community support graduates). Participants learn to plan and implement supervised activities for older adults with cognitive and physical impairments, gain hands-on experience, and make employer connections with supervised practicum experience.

BC Post-Secondary Institutions that offer an Activity Assistant Program:

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