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Main Community News Vancouver Career College Introduces Health Care Assistant Advanced Practice Program

Vancouver Career College Introduces Health Care Assistant Advanced Practice Program

Monday, February 25, 2013

New diploma program prepares students for essential roles in BC’s healthcare sector

Burnaby, BC – February 25, 2013 – Health care assistants are an integral part of the healthcare system in British Columbia. As the population ages, there will continue to be an even greater need for these professionals in the coming years. In response, Vancouver Career College has introduced the Health Care Assistant Advanced Practice program to provide students with the education they need to become skilled, compassionate caregivers.

“As the role of health care assistants in BC evolves, HCAs will require a wider range of knowledge and skills to keep up with their scope of practice,” says Larry Heinzlmeir, VP of Marketing for Vancouver Career College. “In the Health Care Assistant Advanced Practice program, students not only learn the essentials of caregiving, they explore advanced topics to prepare them for broader roles on the job.”

The Health Care Assistant Advanced Practice program uses hands-on training methods so students learn to respond to the emotional, psychological and physical needs of their clients. They learn to assist people living with dementia, physical and mental challenges and other common health problems. They also learn about interpersonal communications and lifestyle choices. The advanced practice courses cover acute care, mental health and behavior management, developmental disabilities, recreation program planning and palliative care.

Prior to graduation, students participate in a series of practicum placements, allowing them to gain valuable on-the-job experience in the field. They can also add a number of certifications to their resumes including certificates for Standard First Aid, CPR “C”, WHMIS and FoodSafe Level 1.

Vancouver Career College is now accepting applications for the Health Care Assistant Advanced Practice program at its campuses in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Abbotsford and Kelowna. For more information, fill out the form on the right.
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