Health Care Assistant

By , May 5, 2014

Learn knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line caregivers in community and facility settings. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centred care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive and social well being of clients/residents.

Graduates are prepared to work in any level of continuing care, such as home support, adult day care, assisted living, and complex care, including special care units.

Admission Prerequisites

The following admission requirements reflect provincial standards mandated by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.


  • Successful completion of Grade 10, including Grade 10 English, Grade 10 Math, and Grade 10 Science, all with a C or higher.


Upon acceptance, the following must be completed one month prior to the start of the first class:

  • Current CPR (Basic Life Support) Level C with a Standard First Aid program (two days).
  • Medical form completed by a physician, indicating applicant has a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health to enable success in the program 
  • A tuberculosis test indicating the absence of active tuberculosis.
  • Submission of up-to-date immunization records including: Hep B series; Diptheria/Tetanus; Polio; Measles, Mumps, Rubella; Varicella, seasonal influenza, and Pertussis.
  • B.C. FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate.
  • A Schedule B Criminal Record Check for working with children or vulnerable adults No student will be permitted to begin workplace practicum with children or vulnerable adults until the Criminal Record Check has been received and reviewed by NLC. Students are obligated to report any Schedule B criminal convictions that occur after they authorize a Criminal Record Check but are still enrolled in the program. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Where is the program offered?

Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek (starts September)

Northern Lights College, Fort St. John (by videoconference, starts September)

For more information on Health Care Assistant at Northern Lights College, go to the NLC website.


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