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Health Care Support Worker Certificate


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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    David Lam (Coquitlam) Campus
  • Campuses
    Coquitlam

    Resources

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    City of Coquitlam
  • Length
    3 Semesters
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6244 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2000 Total
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are processed for priority until:
Fall semester: May 1
Winter semester: September 1
Summer semester: January 2

Applications after these dates will be assigned a late registration priority.

Application Fee: $32

Academic

I. For regular admission to the Health Care Support Worker Certificate 

  • BC secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • English 11 (C)
  • Accuplacer Grade 11 or higher (65 reading comprehension, 4 writer placer)
  • approved substitute

II. For Community Mental Health Worker Graduates accessing the Health Care Assistant component:

  • meet the regular admission requirements in Section I
  • graduated from Douglas College Community Mental Health Worker Program and have a letter from an employer confirming current practice experience, such as working with persons with mental illness in a residential or community based facility for at least 1120 hours within four years before applying to the program or graduation from Douglas College's Community Mental Health Worker Program within two years before applying to the program..
AND

Non-Academic (ALL APPLICANTS)
  • FoodSafe Level 1
  • submit a completed "Informed Medical Suitability Declaration" (on a college form)
  • current Criminal Record Search

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ALL APPLICANTS:

1. When offered a seat in the program students must submit:
  • proof of a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray, taken no more than four months before starting the program;
  • a current record of immunization for Hepatitis B.

2. Updated immunization for measles, mumps, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, varicella, and rubella are strongly recommended.

3. A personal interview with the Program Coordinator may be requested.

4. A personal interview with the Program Coordinator may be requested.

5. Standard first aid, CPR Level C, and Non-Violence Crisis Intervention certification is required prior to the first clinical placement.

English Language Requirements

Summary

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • a C grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or Technical and Professional Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a B grade in Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A (Standard Level)
  • an essay score of 4 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam
  • a GED Language Arts Writing and Reading score of 450
  • a TOEFL score of 220 (computer based) or 83 (internet based) or 560 (paper based)
  • an IELTS score of 6.5 (academic module only)
  • an overall and essay CAEL score of 60
  • an EIKEN Test of Practical English placement of Grade 1
  • completion of an ABE English course equivalent to DVST 0355 or higher
  • a college level writing or literature course that transfers as a college level English, Communications or Creative Writing course
  • an undergraduate degree from an English speaking post-secondary institution
  • completion of a Douglas college writing assessment with a
  • Mastery of DVST 0350 and 0360 or DVST 0355 or DVST 0356 or EASL 0360
  • a P grade in DVST 0455 or EASL 0460 or EASL 0820
  • a P grade in DVST 0450 and mastery of DVST 0460
  • Mastery of EASL 0375 or EASL 0376 or assessment of EASL 0475 and mastery of EASL 0365 or assessment of EASL 0465

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

You are eligible for enrollment at Douglas College if you meet the General Admission Requirements along with the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

Out-of-Province

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

BC Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Mature Student

If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of class, or at least 17 years old and have not been enrolled in school for at least one year, you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

International Student

For details on admission requirements for International Students check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

If you are a student with special needs and have completed a certificate or equivalent from a special program and have been in school for at least 12 years you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

How to Apply


Canadian Students - Applying to the College

International Students - Applying to the College

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