Obtaining a Home Support Attendant Certificate

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Can I train to be a Home Support Attendant online?

Obtaining a Home Support Attendant Certificate

For British Columbia residents seeking Home Support Attendant training, an online option exists. A 15.5 certificate -- the Home Support Attendant certificate -- offers both academic and practical training. The practicum and preceptorship takes place in Vancouver and students must complete this to graduate.

What are the academic requirements for entry into the Home Support Attendant certificate program?

British Columbia residents, having either grade 12 or the BC adult graduation diploma may be admitted to the Home Support Attendant certificate program. Additionally, students must take an English comprehension and reading test before being admitted.

What are some of the health and social requirements for entry into the Home Support Attendant certificate program?

  • Current immunization against Hepatitis B.
  • A medical assessment by a family physician.
  • Current First Aid and CPR at level C, for infants and adults.
  • Clear criminal record check for the work practicum component.
  • A letter from a recognized social or community based agency demonstrating that a student has completed 60 hours of volunteerism.
What's involved in the Home Support Attendant curriculum?

The Home Support Attendant certificate, gives students entry level skills to work in the health sector. A job ready certificate, students may find themselves employed in:

  • Nursing home or long term health facility
  • Private homes
  • Group homes
  • Community-based centers; drop-in centers, shelters and non-profit agencies
  • Through private home health agencies
Whats involved in the Home Support Attendant curriculum?

Health Courses: (all mandatory)

  • Personal Care
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Lifestyle Choices
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Health and Healing
  • Nutrition
  • Workplace health
Practicum and Preceptorship :

For students without the 60 hours of recognized volunteerism, a 60 hour work placement, through a designated home health facility must be undertaken. Completed under clinical supervision, students are able to demonstrate application of the preceptorship requirement of the program, for the duration of the work placement or practicum. Preceptorship refers to the application of caring skills and philosophies to the human life cycle. Students may find themselves applying these skills to adults or seniors, during the work practicum.
Placements always take place in Vancouver and students must take responsibility for the possible transportation costs involved.


   

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