The Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to function as frontline care providers in long-term care facilities or home-care settings. Graduates are prepared to provide care to older adults experiencing diverse, often complex, but relatively stable, health and illness needs. Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to work in any level of institutionalized or home-care service, including adult daycare, assisted living, complex care, and home support.
The program is based on a provincial curriculum and includes classroom and laboratory instruction as well as practicum experience in a variety of settings. This is a full-time program with daily attendance expected. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
1. Successful completion of one of the following academic prerequisites:
• B.C. secondary school graduation. Official Grade 12 transcript required.
Note: ESL (English as a Second Language) applicants will be assessed on an individual basis by the ESL department.
2. Current Red Cross Standard certificate or St. John’s Standard Enhanced First Aid certificate.
3. Submission of a signed medical certificate indicating physical fitness and emotional stability. (Form will be provided at interview.)
4. Completion of an immunization program including negative TB test or chest X-ray is required before entry to the program. (Forms will be provided at interview.) Hepatitis B immunization will be required after entry to the program.
5. Satisfactory interview with a program faculty member who may accept or defer acceptance based on:
a) Knowledge of and motivation toward a career as a home support/resident care attendant
6. Health-care experience. Your health-care experience must consist of:
7. Satisfactory written work or personal reference.
8. Successfully passing a security clearance check. (A criminal record check form will be provided at the interview.)
9. A valid driver’s licence and reliable transportation to all practica sites.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Science Studies program path.
How to apply
1. You may apply to the program prior to the completion of all entrance requirements. The following documents, however, must be submitted to the Admissions and Records office, along with the application fee, in order to process your application:
• UCFV application form
The UCFV and HS/RCA application forms are available from any UCFV Admissions and Records office or Student Services.
*Note: If you are currently enrolled in Grade 12, a letter is required from your school counsellor stating that you are making satisfactory progress towards meeting the educational requirements for Grade 12 graduation.
Once all these documents have been received by the Admissions and Records office an application date will be recorded, and your application will be forwarded to the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant program.
2. Submit all remaining documents to the Health Sciences Centre, Chilliwack campus. Applicants will be considered for the program based on:
• Complete applicant status
Documents required in order to achieve “complete applicant status” for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant applicants include:
3. Once “complete applicant status” has been obtained, applicants will be notified of and expected to attend a program information session. Failure to attend the information session may delay entry to the program.
4. At the program information session, applicants will be given a date and time for their interview with program faculty. At the interview, applicants will be given specific immunization, medical, and criminal record check forms and a due date on which the forms must be completed and returned.
5. Applicants will be given written notification as to whether or not they have been accepted once the completed immunization, security clearance, and medical forms have been received and reviewed by program faculty.
6. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants will be provided with registration information by the Admissions and Records office. A deposit is required by a specified date in order to reserve a seat in the program. This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Applicants who do not register for the program and pay the deposit, forfeit their seat to the next person on the program waiting list and must reapply to the program.
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted based on the date of complete applicant status. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Dates and locations
This is a 24-week program which starts in either June or November. Please contact the department assistant for details. Classes are located at the Health Sciences Centre, Chilliwack campus. Approximately one-half of the program takes place in a variety of facilities throughout the Fraser Valley.
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
Additional books, supplies, and field trips will cost about $200. Uniform(s) and white duty shoes will cost approximately $200. The cost of parking and travelling to and from practicum locations is the responsibility of the student.
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