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Certificate in Health Care Assistant

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
1 year
Diploma / certificate
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Surrey (British Columbia)
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Program description

Certificate in Health Care Assistant

The Health Care Assistant program is a full-time certificate program designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to function as caregivers in a variety of health care settings.

The program's courses and labs are enhanced by practice experiences in community complex care and home support facilities. During the final practicum component of the program, there is a distinct clinical opportunity to work and gain experience in an acute care setting. Students will be prepared to meet the care needs of adults who may be experiencing diverse and often complex health and illnesses.

Admission requirements

All applicants, domestic or international, must meet one of the following English standards for admission to the program:

  • BC English 111 with a minimum of grade of B, or BC Communications 121 with a minimum grade of B; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): IBT 76 or higher, with no sub score less than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no sub score less than 18 in Reading and Writing, taken within the last two years; or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band of 6.0 or higher, with a minimum of 6.0 in the Speaking and Listening band, and a minimum 5.5 in Reading and Writing band, taken within the last two years; or
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 60 or higher with no sub score less than 50, taken within the last two years

In addition, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Attendance at an information session for the Health Care Assistant Program

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Modules for this program include:

  • Design Processes, Methods and Materials
  • Drawing for Design
  • Design Explorations
  • Colour Theories
  • Designing for Humanity
  • Communication through Visual Language
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Design History: 19th Century Onward

Students can also select one of the following modules:

  • Design Connections: Then and Now
  • Drafting For Design
  • Introduction to Digital Studio

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Health Care Assistant program will be prepared to work in a variety of health care settings, including (but not limited to):

  • Acute Care
  • Complex Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Adult Day Centers

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About this institute

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Why study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Canada ranked #1 study abroad country

Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

Contact info

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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