If you are positive, compassionate, and creative and enjoy the rewards of spending time with elders, a career as an activity assistant may be the perfect fit for you. Not only are there many openings available, but it is also a fulfilling career with good income potential.
According to WorkBC, as B.C.’s population continues to age, the health care and social assistance field will see the largest increase in job openings in the next 10 years. Fifty-four percent of these will come from the need to replace retiring workers, while an additional 46 percent will arise as a result of expansion in the health care system in response to the growing medical needs of an aging population.
Most activity assistants are employed by health care agencies and work in long term care homes. However, some also find employment in residential homes, community mental health centres, adult day care programs, hospice care, community centres, private homes, and even cruise ships. Common titles for Activity Assistant grads include:
You must complete the entrance requirements listed below before you apply.
All students entering this program are expected to be computer literate. This means knowing how to run programs from a Windows environment, and having basic Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills. Students must have reliable transportation to all clinical practicum sites.
You must complete the practicum requirements listed below before the beginning of your first practicum.
The program is divided into courses as listed below.
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