Health Care Assistant, Certificate | Selkirk College | Trail, Canada
6 months
8324 CAD/full
3561 CAD/full
Tuition fee
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Are you interested in becoming a front-line healthcare worker and assisting clients with their personal care, nutrition and mobility? The Health Care Assistant program from Selkirk College will support you in developing the confidence, knowledge and skills required to provide safe care and contribute to the physical, emotional and social well-being of clients in a variety of healthcare settings. 

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Complete theory courses either online or in-person! Your choice to study the theory portion from your home or in-person on the Trail campus. Then join three in-person workshops to complete the lab skills course. Selkirk College has flexible study options for the HCA program. We want to help you make it work. Contact admissions for further details.

The Health Care Assistant program is 26 weeks in total. During the first 16 weeks, students complete theory classes (online or in-person). Then in-person lab courses on the Trail campus, followed by completion of 270 hours of practice in residential and community care settings during the final ten weeks of the program.

As a graduate, you will be a respected member of the health care team and work under the direction and supervision of a health professional. 

Take This Program If You Are

  • Caring
  • Genuinely interested in people
  • Comfortable dealing with difficult situations
  • Easily adaptable to diversity
  • A good communicator
  • Self-motivated and responsible

Career Options Include

  • Adult Day Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Community Health Workers
  • Complex Care
  • Front-Line Care Providers
  • Home Support
  • Residential Care Attendants
  • Special Care Units

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Health & Healing: Concepts for Practice
  • Health : Interpersonal Communications
  • Healing : Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
  • Healing : Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
  • Healing : Personal Care and Assistance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most programs accept applications 12 months before the start date. 




37 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or
  • Be 19 years of age or over at the time of application, or
  • Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8324 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8324 CAD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    3561 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3561 CAD for the full programme during 6 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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