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Health Care Assistant

School of Health, Education and Human Services
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Program Description

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line care-givers and respected members of the health care team 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, social and spiritual well-being of clients/residents.

The HCA program offers the theory and practice associated with providing personal care and support to individuals within the community and in residential facilities. Personal care and support includes emotional support, assistance with personal hygiene and other activities of daily living, upkeep of home, food preparation, and family care. Theory and practice are planned to prepare graduates to work as caring individuals who assist clients/residents to achieve maximum independence in daily living.

This program is founded on concepts of caring, safety, critical thinking and decision making, and professional approaches to practice. These provide the underpinnings for the knowledge and skills that learners gain within the program.

Some courses are shared with other programs in the College to increase options for students who wish to further their education. This multidisciplinary approach promotes readiness for employment in the community by developing the student’s ability to function effectively within inter-professional teams.

Practical application of learning is basic to the program and students will be learning and working in the community throughout the program. Classroom learning and sharing will prepare students for work experience, while work experience will enhance learning in the classroom.

Admission Requirements


  • English 11 (min. 60%) and Math 10* (Application, Principles, or Foundations and Pre-Calculus) (min. 60%); OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on the College Assessments (writing, reading & Math) or the GED test.

Other Requirements

It is advantageous to have basic computing skill-as this is a program expectation. The College will not assess this for entry into the HCA program.


  • Current Standard First Aid/CPR Level C
  • Current Foodsafe Level 1 certificate
  • Current immunization
  • Current acceptable Criminal Records Check   

Students are required to:

  • Have appropriate working apparel.
  • Provide their own transportation to and from work experiences

The work of a health care assistant requires physical and emotional readiness. Students need to be able to:

  • Maintain effective communication with patients and staff
  • Provide personal care
  • Lift and move residents
  • Work with a variety of equipment
  • Spend long periods of time on their feet while engaged in physically active work
  • Be prepared to work day, evening and night shifts

As well, they may be exposed to diseases in the course of work with patients in long-term care and in the community. Working with people requires that a student is able to remain effective in stressful situations.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations. For details, please see www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/yfnccr.


  • Transfer/Equivalency/Accreditation not yet formalized
  • The Health Care Assistant program uses the British Columbia’s licensed curriculum
  • Some courses are cored with other Yukon College programs


Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in any level of continuing care, including home support, adult day care, assisted living and complex care (including special care units).


This certificate program consists of 14 courses (40 credits). The program runs late August through May with a short break in December.

General Outcomes

Upon completion of the HCA Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide person-centred care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident or client.
  • Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of clients/residents and families.
  • Provide care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing complex health challenges.
  • Provide care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing cognitive and/or mental health challenges.
  • Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with clients/residents and families within a variety of communities and facility contexts.
  • Provide personal care and assistance in a safe, competent and organized manner.
  • Recognize and respond to their own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
  • Perform the care provider role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

Ancillary Fees pdf 21 KB

2017 HCA Program Outline