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 decide to further their careers and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) through our LPN diploma program.
The Health Care Assistant program delivered by Stenberg College is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
Graduates of the Health Care Assistant program delivered by Stenberg College are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
Cooperative Work Experience
You will have the option to add a 10-week paid co-op to your program.
- 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, 5.5 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.