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Health Care Assistant Program (HCAS)

HCAS 101 Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
1 Credit

This course provides an introduction to the role of the Health Care Assistant within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

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HCAS 102 Health: Lifestyles and Choices
1 Credit

This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of health enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and environmental influences on health are explored. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

Prerequisites
EN-11 or ENGL-040 or ENGL-043 or ENGL-045 or equivalent, CPR C, OFA 1, immunizations, and Criminal Record Check

Transfer Credits
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HCAS 103 Human Relations: Interpersonal Communica Communications
1.5 Credits

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of caregiving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

Prerequisites
EN-11 or ENGL-040 or ENGL-043 or ENGL-045 or equivalent, CPR C, OFA 1, immunizations, and Criminal Record Check

Transfer Credits
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HCAS 104 Health & Healing: Concepts for Practice
2.5 Credits

This course provides the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understanding that provide a foundation for competent practice as a Health Care Assistant. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Student will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

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HCAS 105 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
4 Credits

This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.

Prerequisites
HCAS-104

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HCAS 106 Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive Or Mental Challenges
2 Credits

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.

Prerequisites
HCAS-104

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HCAS 107 Healing 3: Personal Care & Assistance
4 Credits

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.

Prerequisites
EN-11 or ENGL-040 or ENGL-043 or ENGL-045 or equivalent, CPR C, OFA 1, immunizations, and Criminal Record Check

Transfer Credits
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HCAS 108 Practice Experience in Home Support And/Or Assisted Living
2 Credits

This practice course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency and gain abilities that will prepare graduates to assume the role of a Community Health Worker.

Prerequisites
EN-11 or ENGL-040 or ENGL-043 or ENGL-045 or equivalent and HCAS-101, HCAS-102, HCAS-103 or HCAS 113/114, HCAS-105, HCAS-106, and HCAS-107

Transfer Credits
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HCAS 109 Practice Experience in Multi-Level And/Or Complex Care 1
6 Credits

This supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals experiencing cognitive challenges. The final transitional practice experience provides an opportunity for the learner to gain increased self-confidence in the work setting and to become socialized into the work role.

Prerequisites
Minimum grade B- in HCAS 101, HCAS 102, HCAS 103, HCAS 104, HCAS 105, HCAS 106 and HCAS 107.

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HCAS 110 Transition Practice Experience
2 Credits

The intent of the practice experience is to provide transition for the learner from student to graduate. During this time, the student will work closely with an experienced Health Care Assistant who will guide the student as a facilitator and as a mentor to help the student gain further insights, awareness and knowledge through the realities of the work setting. Program instructors will collaborate with the facility or community placement, HCA and learner to facilitate this experience.

Prerequisites
HCAS-108 and HCAS-109

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HCAS 113 Human Relations 1: Interpersonal Communications
1 Credit

This course introduces the student to the basic process and content of effective interpersonal communication. Various concepts will be learned such as, self-concept, perception, emotions, language, non-verbal communication, listening and managing interpersonal confict. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

Prerequisites
EN-11 or ENGL-040 or ENGL-043 or ENGL-045 or Equivalent and successful placement on the CAT 3, CPR C, OFA1, Foodsafe, WHMIS, immunizations, and Criminal Records Check (CRC)

Transfer Credits
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HCAS 114 Human Relations 2: Communication Skills In Health Care
0.5 Credits

This course builds on the communication skills developed in Human Relationship 1: Interpersonal Communications. Students will have the opportunity to develop and use communications techniques used in a variety of care giving contexts.

Prerequisites
EN-11 or ENGL-040 or ENGL-043 or ENGL-045 or Equivalent and successful placement on the CAT 3, CPR C, OFA1, Foodsafe, WHMIS, immunizations, and Criminal Records Check (CRC)

Transfer Credits
Explore transfer credit opportunities by visiting the BC Transfer Guide