DIPLOMA: Health Care Assistant

At a glance

Program type

Full-time Diploma, Accredited Post-Secondary program


Morning, afternoon & evening sessions


32 weeks


Surrey, BC, Canada


Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to work in any of the following health care areas:

  • Complex Care
  • Acute Care
  • Home Support
  • Assisted Living
  • Group Homes
  • Adult Day Care

Program Information

Heritage Community College’s Health Care Assistant program prepares students to be a part of a health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing a high level of frontline care to clients in need of assistance. This program focuses on developing the core skills needed to care for clients in the health care field. Topics include personal care, assisting with mobility and feeding needs, communication, assisting with medication delivery, and clinical skills. HCAs assist with promoting and maintaining the health, safety, independence, comfort, and well-being of their clients and their families. HCAs provide personal care assistance and services in a caring manner that recognizes and supports the unique care needs, abilities, and backgrounds of clients and their families. They work as members of a health care interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings with direction and supervision from regulated health care professionals. This program prepares students to meet these objectives.



Admission Requirements

  • Students must meet all of the admissions requirements as listed below.
    • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status 19 years of age
    • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act)

English Requirements

  • English as First Language Speakers

    • Evidence of one of the following: Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or
    • College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
    • Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50, Spelling 23/32
    • Language Placement Index (LPI): The three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20, out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40
    • Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher Cut Scores*: Reading Comprehension 60, Sentences Skill 55, Writeplacer 4

  • English as Second Language Speakers

    **Either of the following assessments must have been completed within the last two years or last year:

    • Evidence of one of the following test scores: 1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be within the last two years, IBT only -- Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General -- test must be within the last two years:  Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
    • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be within the last year : Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6 - Note: a CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General -- Academic: Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing.  General: CELPIP 7 or better in Speaking and Listening and CELPIP 6  in Reading and Writing
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50 Passing

    Pre-Practice Experience Requirements:

    • A clear criminal record check (Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults)

    • Immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines
      • Provide proof of a negative reaction to a TB skin test or a chest x-ray with a note from a physician stating that you are not contagious.
      • A note from a physician stating that you are mentally and physically able to perform duties normally associated with your chosen field.
      • It is strongly recommended that student immunizations remain current for Hepatitis B., Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria.
    • Completion of Student Practice Education Core Orientation modules
    • Completion of First Aid and CPR ‘C’ Certification
    • Completion of Food Safe
    • Completion of Workplace Violence Prevention Modules
    • Successful completion of all theoretical courses with a minimum 70% grade in each course
    • Successful demonstration of skills testing in preparation for practice experiences


    Domestic International
    Tuition Fees $8,475 $12,330
    Registration Fees $250 $295
    Assessment Fees - $100
    Lab, Books, Supplies & Materials: $400 $400
    Miscellaneous: $300 $300
    Total: $9,425 $13,425




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