Recognized BC Health Care Assistant Programs

Below is the list of educational institutions that offer recognized Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in British Columbia.  The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry reviews and recognizes Health Care Assistant (HCA) programs in BC to ensure that they are: following the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers.  

Recognition Status:
New Program; Site Visit Pending – This status is awarded to new programs for a period of up to 2 years during which time the institution is expected to deliver the program.  As with the other statuses, program graduates are eligible for registration upon completion of the program.   A compliance assessment site visit is scheduled after the first graduating class completes the program.     

Interim Recognition – This status is awarded after a compliance assessment site visit and can be held for a period of up to 2 years. Interim recognition status indicates condition(s) need to be met in order for the program to remain in good standing.
 
Full Recognition – This status is awarded after a compliance assessment site visit and can be held for a period of up to 5 years.  Full recognition indicates that the institution does not have any conditions in place.

*Recognition Status is subject to change and this list should be consulted for updates.   

HCA program students:  It is important to complete a recognized HCA program so that you can be registered to work as an HCA in BC.  You need to check that you take a program on this list.

Important Note:  The Stratford Career Institute Health Care Aide Program is not recognized by the BC Care Aide Registry.
 

Educator

Program

 Locations


Recognition  Status

Academy of Learning Health Care Assistant

Kamloops
 
Full Recognition

Ashton College
 
Health Care Assistant Abbotsford
New Program; Site Visit Pending
 
 
                       
Health Care Assistant Burnaby Full Recognition

Cambria College
 

Health Care Assistant
 
Victoria Full Recognition

Camosun College
 

Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant - ESL
Health Care Assistant - Indigenous
 
Victoria Full Recognition

Canadian Health Care Academy
 
Health Care Assistant Surrey
Interim Recognition
 

Capilano University
 
Health Care Assistant North Vancouver, Sechelt Full Recognition

CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care   
 

Health Care Assistant
 
Richmond, Surrey Full Recognition

Coast Mountain College (formerly Northwest Community College)
 
Health Care Assistant Terrace
*Regional program delivery may be available. 
 
Interim Recognition

College Educacentre College
 

Health Care Assistant in
French- Préposé aux soins de santé
 
Vancouver Full Recognition
College of New Caledonia Health Care Assistant
Prince George, Quesnel 
*Regional program delivery may be available.
Full Recognition
College of the Rockies Health Care Assistant
Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere
 
Full Recognition

Discovery Community
College

 
Health Care Assistant
Campbell River, Courtenay, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, Parksville, Surrey
 
Full Recognition
Douglas College
Health Care Assistant Program
 
Coquitlam Full Recognition

Drake Medox College
 

ESL – Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery)
Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery)
ESL – Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant
 
Surrey, Vancouver Full Recognition

Excel Career College
 
Health Care Assistant Courtenay Interim Recognition


Gateway College
 
 

Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant – Accelerated
Health Care Assistant – Access
Health Care Assistant & Communication Year 2
Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery)
Health Care Assistant – Accelerated (Combined Delivery)
Health Care Assistant – Access (Combined Delivery)
 
Vancouver Full Recognition

First College
 

Health Care Assistant Program  
  
West Kelowna Full Recognition

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

 
Health Care Assistant Langley Full Recognition

NEC Native Education
College

 
Health Care Assistant Vancouver Full Recognition

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

 
Health Care Assistant Merritt Full Recognition

North Island College

 
Health Care Assistant Comox Valley, Port Alberni Full Recognition

Northern Lights College
 
Health Care Assistant Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson Full Recognition

Okanagan College
 
Health Care Assistant
Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Vernon
 
Full Recognition

PACE College
 
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant – ESL
Surrey Interim Recognition

Pacific Coast Community College
 
Health Care Assistant Vancouver Interim Recognition
SE Career College (Formerly Saint Elizabeth
 Health Career College)

Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant – ESL
Health Care Assistant – Blended Learning 

Health Care Assistant – Upgrade Program (offered in both blended learning and face to face delivery formats)
 
Vancouver
Victoria
*Blended Learning at other locations
Full Recognition

Selkirk College
 
Health Care Assistant Trail Full Recognition
Sprott Shaw College
Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant Upgrade (Blended Learning)
 

Abbotsford, Kelowna, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Nanaimo, Penticton, Surrey, East Vancouver, Vancouver, Victoria, Osoyoos
*Blended learning at other locations.
 
Full Recognition


Stenberg College

 

Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant – ESL
 
Surrey Full Recognition

Thompson Rivers University
 
Health Care Assistant
 
Kamloops
Williams Lake
Full Recognition

Thompson Rivers University – Open
Learning Division

 
Health Care Assistant
(Combined Delivery)
 
Multiple Locations
in BC
Full Recognition

University of Fraser
Valley

 
Health Care Assistant
 
Chilliwack Full Recognition

Vancouver Career
College

 
Health Care Assistant
Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kelowna
 
Full Recognition

Vancouver Community College
 

Health Care Assistant  
Health Care Assistant – ESL
 
Vancouver Full Recognition

Vancouver Island University
 

Health Care Assistant  
 
Duncan, Nanaimo, Powell River Full Recognition

Western Community College
 

Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant + ESL
Health Care Assistant – Access
 
Abbotsford, Surrey Full Recognition

Westminster College
 
Health Care Assistant Program
Surrey
 

New Program; Site Visit Pending