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Pacific Coast Community College (Health Care)

Pacific Coast specializes in delivering health sciences curriculum to domestic and international students leading to a JOB and CAREER in the high growth health care sector by integrating labs and clinical practical directly into the training program followed by a PAID monitored CO-OP work experience specific to the students field of study. The program is Acute Care Aide Diploma (15 months, 6-months CO-OP). At Pacific Coast Community College, they train the Care aides and community health workers that are the front-line care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings, including both home support agencies and residential care facilities. They are an integral part of our health care system. Health Care Assistants help health care professionals to care for patients. They may work in a hospital environment alongside doctors and nurses or in the home of a patient.

Pacific Coast Community College is known for enhanced curriculum and content that goes beyond Health Authority minimum standards and for its unique program designs and composition. This is one reason why Pacific Coast Community College is able to maintain such a healthy relationship with its extended care facility partners operating under the Provincial Health Authorities.

Program Content

This 60-week Acute Care Aide Diploma program consists of small group, licensed instructor led classes; supervised clinical experience; and practicum placements. Most eligible students are working full time right after graduation.

Why the Acute Care Aide?

The Acute Care Aide {ACA) Co-Op Work Experience diploma was designed for all students including International Students, Landed Immigrants, In-Home and Live-In Care Givers, and Foreign Credentialed LPN/RN’s, who do not have the Canadian training and validated 600 hours of BC Industry Work experience which is:

  1. Required to achieve the Acute Care Aide designation and preceptor in a Public Hospital Acute Care Ward environment
  2. Required to get a job in Canada matching their skill level and experience

Monitored Co-Op Placement:

A dedicated Pacific Coast placement manager and proctor are assigned to you for the duration of your program means your Co-Op work experience can be 100% validated.

  • You are not left on your own to find a Co-Op
  • We ensure you are placed in a BC Health authority approved facility
  • Your proctor monitors and documents your performance with your supervisor throughout your Co-Op.

Approved BC Hearth Authority Co-Op Placement

All of the facilities where we place co-op students to complete their work experience module have an Educational Affiliation Agreement with Pacific Coast Community College which is filed with the BC Career College regulator PCTIA.


Program Cost

The entire program tuition cost an avaerage of $14,998. Price includes all fees, textbooks, materials, workbooks, curriculum binder, stethoscope, uniform, transfer belt, and more.

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