COVID-19 Announcements

September 01, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry (The Registry) will continue to send emails directly to those impacted by updates and to those applicants with questions.  All updates and announcements will be consolidated on this webpage; please check back on a regular basis for updated information.  

Due to the current health care crisis and emerging priorities for Recognized BC HCA Programs, the Registry has implemented a temporary pause in reviewing and recognizing new program applications from unrecognized educational institutions in the lower mainland (i.e., Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Regions) for the 2020/2021 year.

Temporary registration status for the student nurse category is being granted to assist with COVID-19 pandemic efforts.​   Given an emergency situation continues to be in effect, there will be an extension of temporary registration status to March 31, 2021. 


Interim Registration Measures and Updates for Educators

The Registry is aware that COVID-19 has further increased the demand for Health Care Assistants (HCAs). 

The Registry’s top priority at the time is to process applications and register HCAs.  Even though the Registry team is working remotely, we have been aiming to process registrations of completed applications in a same day/next day basis.    

To remove barriers during this challenging time, the Registry has implemented a number of interim measures to support registration.

BC HCA Program Graduate Registration

The Registry will: 
  1. Accept unofficial transcripts temporarily (subject to full verification at a later date)
Online application here.
Please see further information Specific Updates for BC HCA Program Education Programs.
 
Nursing Student Registration - Fully meet the established Registry criteria

The Registry will: 
  1. Accept unofficial transcripts, temporarily (subject to full verification at a later date)
  2. Waive the character reference letter requirement (students may attach the mandatory post secondary competency reference letter twice).
See Appendix 1 Nursing Student Programs – Coursework for Full HCA Registration.

 
Temporary Emergency Registration – Nursing Students

For nursing program students who do not meet established coursework criteria for full registration, temporary registration (valid to March 31, 2021) will be possible for nursing students who apply online and provide evidence of successful completion of a minimum of one semester of foundational nursing coursework, with:
  • Completion of a nursing skills course (including personal care skills lab practice and assessment)
  • Supervised clinical experience in long term care and/or acute care setting (subject to program competency verification)
  • A Nursing Program Administrator (e.g. Coordinator, Assistant Dean, Dean) must provide students with a competency reference letter.
Online application here.

 

Specific Updates for BC Health Care Assistant Education Programs


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, the Registry is aware of and is monitoring the impact on Health Care Assistant (HCA) education programs, faculty and students, and we want to extend our support as needed.

Update – June 15, 2020
 
The Registry is implementing a Temporary Framework for Remote HCA Program Compliance Reassessment for recognized HCA Programs with compliance reassessments planned between March - December 31, 2020.


In response to the Provincial Health Officer’s directive to educational institutions, health authorities and/or practice education placement sites, HCA programs may be required to move to virtual instruction or to cancel classes, labs and/or student practice placements.

Recognized HCA programs are asked to be in contact with the Registry regarding any changes to program delivery, including but not limited to the following:
  • Remote learning (e.g. moving to offer courses online or via videoconference, etc.)
  • Practice education placements (e.g., interrupted or cancelled placements, etc.)
  • One time funded programs (e.g., delayed or interrupted, etc.)
  • Temporary program suspensions (e.g. due to closure of a campus, etc.)
  • Delays and/or cancellations to regularly scheduled program intakes
HCA programs will be responsible for documenting modifications made to programs during the pandemic emergency period, including changes in access to practice education placements and alternate methods of course delivery. The Registry may request reporting on these adjustments as part of the education program review process or as verification that new graduates have met requirements for registration.

Modification to address these extenuating circumstances are permitted in the short term for the duration of the pandemic only and not precedent-setting or to become permanent changes to the program.

In the event that the pandemic continues long term, additional requirements may be set.

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) may set additional requirements.

For more information or to report changes to your program, please email Education@cachwr.bc.ca.

The Registry would like to acknowledge  BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) for permitting the Registry to use wording from the following BCCNP website announcement:
https://www.bccnp.ca/bccnp/Announcements/Pages/Announcement.aspx?AnnouncementID=139

For further reference, please view:

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus - Provincial Health Officer Orders and Notices
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus