Diploma in Health Care Assistant

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Do you aspire to a health care career where you provide support for patients with physical or mental health issues? You could begin to prepare for this career by becoming a student in CDI College's Diploma in Health Care Assistant program. Read on to find out more information on this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Diploma in Health Care Assistant program offered at CDI College will give you the opportunity to learn how to respond to the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of a client. You can also learn how to assist a patient with daily hygiene and personal care needs - as well as help them interact with family members and other patients. Additional courses allow you to learn about the role of an HCA in the British Columbia health care system and how to provide care to those with dementia or physical disabilities. You can also learn about the needs of those in specific environments, such as palliative care facilitates or acute care settings. You will also participate in two work experiences that provide supervised hands-on training. After completing this HCA diploma program, you may be eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

What Are the Prerequisites?

As an applicant to CDI College's Diploma in Health Care Assistant program, you may already some basic health care knowledge as well as patience and strong communication and time-management skills. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, though some programs or campuses may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Specific course requirements vary by campus, but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Introduction to technology
  • Health and healing concepts
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard first aid with CPR-C and AED
  • Introduction to health care assistant practice
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Violence prevention for provincial health care workers
  • FoodSafe
  • Caring for individual experiencing common health challenges, dementia, and cognitive and mental challenges
  • Caring for individuals in palliative care
  • Mental health first aid
  • The acute care environment
  • Personal care and assistance
  • Assisting with medications for assisted living
  • Practical experience in multi-level or complex care
  • Practical experience in home support, assisted living, or group home settings
  • Career and employment strategies

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After earning CDI College's Diploma in Health Care Assistant, you could be prepared to start a career in a variety of health care settings. You might seek work in assisted living facilities, retirement homes, hospices, group homes, private homes, or acute care facilities. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Residential care assistant
  • Home health care worker
  • Nursing aide
  • Health care assistant