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Health Care Assistant Certificate

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  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring

Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    North Vancouver & Sechelt
  • Campuses
    North Vancouver


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    City of North Vancouver
    Sunshine Coast


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    District of Sechelt
  • Length
    One Year
  • Tuition Estimate
    $4498 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $400 Total
  • Credential Granted
    • Certificate
    • University Block Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Contact the Health Care Assistant program at 604.984.4960 for more information.

Application Fee: $50


One of:
  • BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent
  • be at least 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 English
  • Mature Student Status (be at least 19 years old)
  • an interview may be required
  • attending an information session is strongly encouraged
  • cover letter stating reasons for applying to the program
  • resume
  • three written letters of references
  • 40 hours of volunteer work at a Complex Care Unit are recommended
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Standard first aid and CPR Level C certification
  • Up to date immunization records
  • TB skin test and/or a chest x-ray to rule out active TB
  • Food Safe Level 1 Program within the last three years

Admission Advice  

1. If English is not your primary language you must meet one of the English Language Competency requirements as specified by the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry

English Language Requirements


Students must meet one of the following:

  • An English Language Assessment Test minimum score of:
    • TOEFL - 83 (internet based), 560 (paper-based),
    • ELA - 145
    • IELTS - 6.5 overall with no score less than a 6
    • CAEL - 70
    • PTE - 56
  • 6 credits of transferable post-secondary English
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples with a C+ grade (or higher) and two years of high school in Canada
  • Advanced Placement English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a minimum score of 4
  • International Baccalaureate English Language A higher level with a minimum score of 5
  • Language Proficiency Index Level 4 with an essay score of 26
  • Capilano University  EAP 100 and EAP 101  with a minimum mark of B+ (76%) grade in each course
  • At least four consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada or another English speaking country
  • At least four consecutive years of full time education at an English speaking High School in a country where English is not the primary language
  • Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principle language.

Students who do not qualify under one of the above requirements may submit a request for a waiver of the English Language Requirement form to  the attention of Admissions in the Registrar's Office.

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The General Admission Requirements information can be found here:

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Students with BC Secondary School graduation (or equivalent) will enter Capilano University through a Career/Vocational Program or Arts/Science Program.

For full details on the admission requirements for these programs click here.


Students from other provinces must meet the following admission requirements.

BC Transfer Student

Details on Transfer Credit are available here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Details on Transfer Credit are available here.

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student (and Discretionary) Admission click here.

International Student

The general admission requirements for International Students can be found here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

High school students with superior academic records may apply for limited admission which will allow enrollment in one or two university transfer courses while still attending secondary school.

The application must be co-signed by the applicant's parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the school principal or designate, and an official copy of the secondary school academic record. Inquiries should be directed to the Registrar's Office.

How to Apply

For all the details on applying to Capilano University click here.

Block Transfer within Capilano

Graduates may transfer some Home Support/Resident Care Attendant courses to the Licensed Practical Nurse Program. For full details contact an educational advisor or program personnel.

Final Note: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel within the institution.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

These links lead to occupational descriptions on WorkBC.