Delivery Method: In-class
Duration: 39 weeks, including 8 weeks of practicum
Advanced Entry: 27 weeks, including 8 weeks of practicum
Paid Co-op (Optional): 10 weeks
Start: January and June
Wages: $22.80-$25.33/hour
Recognized By: BC Care Aide Community Health Worker Registry
Tuition: Click here

About the Career

As a Health Care Assistant (HCA), you will be the primary caregiver, helping elderly individuals maintain a level of independence and improving their quality of life. After graduating from our 27-week Health Care Assistant diploma program, you will find employment in:

  • Hospitals and community agencies
  • Residential, extended and intermediate care facilities
  • Home support agencies
  • Adult care centre for seniors
  • Assisted living residences

Upon graduation, you will be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry, allowing you to work in publicly funded health care settings in B.C.

About the Health Care Assistant Program

Our HCA program follows the government-developed curriculum, and is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Incorporating theory and hands-on training in a high-fidelity simulation lab, this nine-month program prepares you to support older adults in independent, assisted, extended and palliative care. Becoming an HCA is an excellent opportunity for internationally educated healthcare professionals seeking a career that utilizes their previous education and expertise. You will receive a comprehensive orientation to the Canadian healthcare system. 

For some, this will be a career for life. Others may choose to take advantage of our HCA to LPN bridging program and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Many of our LPN graduates pursue further studies and become Registered Nurses (RNs) through our pathway with Athabasca University. 

Cooperative Work Experience 

You will have the option to add a 10-week paid co-op to your program. 

Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or 19 years of age
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance interview
  • Passing English Language Competency Requirements as per the BC Care Aide Registry
  • Standardized English language proficiency test score (for applicants whose first language is not English)

Language Proficiency Requirements:

Health Care Assistant diploma

  • Overall IELTS Test score* of 5.5 with no component less than 5.5 for Speaking and Listening, 5.0 for Reading and Writing (or other ESL equivalencies as determined by Stenberg).
  • Advanced Entry: Overall IELTS Test score* of 6.0 with no component less than 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, 5.5 for Reading and Writing (or other ESL equivalencies as determined by Stenberg).

*Must be within the last 2 years.

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Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar. 

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