Admission Requirements


Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Completion of Grade 10 with English 10 or English 030; Math 10 or Math 030
  • Mature student status

Criminal record check

You will have to undergo a criminal record search with the BC Ministry of Justice at the beginning of the program. The cost of this search is your responsibility. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore not able to graduate.

English language competence requirements

Native English speakers

Native English speakers must provide proof of one of the following:

  • Completion of ENGL 10 or ENGL 030 or equivalent with “C” or higher
  • Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) with the following minimum scores: Reading Comprehension 35/50; Spelling 23/32
  • Language Placement Index (LPI): the three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20 out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay Level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40
  • Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher.

Non-native English speakers

Non-native English speakers must provide proof of one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must have been written within last two years, IBT only. Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General Test must have been written within last two years. Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT) must have been written within last 6 months. Minimum Scores: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6.
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General. Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing.
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall score of 60, with no section less than 50.

Prior to the first clinical component of the program, you must have:

  • Proof of meeting current immunizations including Hepatitis B and screening for TB.
  • A Criminal Record check from the Ministry of Justice. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore not eligible to graduate from the program.
  • Proof of CPR Level “C”, Standard First Aid and Food Safe Level 1. The CPR Level C and Standard First Aid must be valid throughout enrollment in the Health Care Assistant Program. (Please note that OFA Level 1 does not meet the requirements for the HCA Program and will not be accepted as equivalent. )

Note: The costs of CPR Level C, Standard First Aid, Food Safe Level 1, immunizations and Criminal Record Check are the responsibility of the student.

Application/Intake/Qualification/Acceptance Process

Application forms are available from the Office of Admissions, Registration and Records and may be submitted after September 15 for the following academic year. The program begins in late August each year.

The intent is to allow both accepted and non-accepted applicants know their admission status in a timely manner to support their decision-making process. As applicants apply and meet the admission requirements for the program, they will be accepted on an on-going basis until the program is full. If it becomes necessary to prioritize applicants for acceptance and wait listing, the original date of application is considered the “conditional qualification” date. This supports the “first qualified, first accepted” concept espoused by the College.

The College will keep the waitlist through the first week of the program. Should an applicant on the waitlist not gain acceptance by that time, he/ she must re-apply for the next intake for the HCA program.

Upon acceptance to the program, the College will supply official forms to the applicant denoting a complete listing of immunizations, TB and hepatitis B screening, and the health self-assessment, which must be submitted before starting the program. Also, the influenza vaccine will be highly recommended in a timely fashion, due to the nature of the clients cared for by the HCA students.


A student who is unsuccessful in a course will be permitted to repeat the course once. Two failures or withdrawals in the program will exclude the student from further study in the program. A student who withdraws from the program voluntarily must notify a faculty member and will be required to apply for re-admission to the program. Re-admission is considered on a space-available basis and will be administered according to the following priorities:

  1. A student who has successfully completed the prerequisite courses and/or who, at the time of withdrawal maintained an overall grade of “C” or higher, will be awarded first priority;
  2. A student who has failed an HCA course or who has withdrawn from the HCA course with less than a “C” grade standing in the course will be awarded second priority.


A student requesting transfer from HCA programs at other institutions will be subject to the above process and will be accorded third priority.

Health Care Assistant

  • Credential: Certificate
  • Type: Full
  • Length: 35 weeks
  • Campus: Fort St. James, Prince George, and Vanderhoof; offered through Quesnel on a rotating basis
  • Fees: $4,353
These fees are an estimate.