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.  

Due to COVID-19, most recognized programs have been provided with temporary approval to deliver the HCA program in a combined delivery format (with theory courses online.
 

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. Programs with interim recognition status are limited from applying for new program variations, including delivery at new sites and one-time funded delivery, until they have achieved full recognition status.
 
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

 
                       
Health Care Assistant Burnaby Full Recognition

Cambria College
 

Health Care Assistant
 
Victoria, Vancouver 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
Full 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, Smithers
*Regional program delivery may be available. 
 
Full 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
Create Career College Health Care Assistant
Burnaby
 
New Program; Site Visit Pending
Columbia Bible College Health Care Assistant
Abbotsford
 
New Program; Site Visit Pending

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


First College
 
 

Health Care Assistant
Program
 
Kelowna Full Recognition

Gateway College 
 

Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant – Accelerated

Health Care Assistant – Access

Health Care Assistant & Communication Year 2 (recognized as an HCA ESL Program)

Health Care Assistant (Combined Delivery)

Health Care Assistant – Accelerated (Combined Delivery)

Health Care Assistant – Access (Combined Delivery)
  
Vancouver Full Recognition

Heritage Community College
 

Health Care Assistant  
  
Surrey New Program; Site Visit Pending

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

 
Health Care Assistant Langley, Surrey Full Recognition
Langara College Health Care Assistant Vancouver New Program; Site Visit Pending

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 St. John Full Recognition

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

Oscar International College
 
Health Care Assistant
Abbotsford
 
Interim Recognition

Pacific Coast Community College
 
Health Care Assistant New Westminister Full Recognition

Selkirk College
 

Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant Access (within Post-Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing)
 
Trail Full Recognition
Sprott Shaw College
Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant Upgrade (Blended Learning)

Health Care Assistant Access (within Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Program)

Health Care Assistant Internationally Educated (recognized as an HCA ESL Program)
 

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 – International  (recognized as an HCA ESL Program)

 Health Care Assistant Access (within Post Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing)

Health Care Assistant Access International (within International Post Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing)
 
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 British Columbia Full Recognition

Universal Learning Institute
 
Health Care Assistant
 
Richmond New Program; Site Visit Pending

University of Fraser
Valley

 
Health Care Assistant
 
Chilliwack Full Recognition

Vancouver Career
College

 
Health Care Assistant
Abbotsford, Burnaby
 
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 Interim Recognition