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Health Care Assistant Diploma

Students who are interested in a career helping elderly adults or other patients with physical or mental disabilities could be interested in CDI College's Health Care Assistant Diploma program. Keep reading to learn more about the Diploma in Health Care Assistant program.

Official Program Name:

Health Care Assistant Diploma

School Offering Program:

CDI College

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to CDI College's Health Care Assistant diploma program may be interested in a career in the health care field and possess patience, dependability, and good interpersonal skills. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) diploma program offered by CDI College is designed to help students gain the skills to provide needed assistance to elderly, chronically ill, and disabled populations. Students first complete classes on the role of an HCA in the British Columbia health care system before learning how to provide care for specific needs, such as to those with dementia or with physical disabilities, as well as for specific environments, such as palliative care facilitates or acute care settings. This program also includes two work experiences where students get supervised hands-on training and the chance to practice what they have learned. Graduates of CDI College's HCA diploma program are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

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Financial Assistance Available:

Financial assistance programs are available. Please contact CDI College for more information.

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Coursework for a Health Care Assistant Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change and vary by campus. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

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 Level 1
  • 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
  • Practice experience in multi-level or complex care
  • Practice experience in home support, assisted living, or group home settings
  • Career and employment strategies

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing this HCA diploma program, graduates could have the knowledge and clinical training needed to seek a career in the healthcare industry. They could be prepared to provide exceptional healthcare services in facilities such as retirement homes, group homes, hospices, private homes, and acute care facilities. Some of the positions they could consider include:

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

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