Acute Care Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendants
If you've successfully completed training as a home support worker or resident care aide, and want to expand your career prospects, acute care skills for home support/resident care attendants classes will prepare you to work in an acute care setting. This part-time program prepares students for work in acute care units in hospitals and with clients that are in the post acute care phase. You'll learn how to assist registered nurses working with acutely-ill patients, practice on other students in lab sessions and learn to use equipment to care for patients. You'll even work as a member of a nursing team.
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This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be able to function effectively in an acute care setting, while continuing to work within their role as a care attendant. This is a part-time program (150 hours).
Students attend two evenings per week: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays for 15 weeks followed by a full-time two week clinical practice (Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
This program will assist graduates seeking employment in acute care areas.
VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements on a first-qualified, first-served basis. All admissions requirements (1-5) must be completed before an applicant is offered a seat in this program.
- Certificate from a recognized B.C. community college in home support, resident care or home support attendant. Certificates issued prior to 1993 require a Caring for Persons with Dementia course.
- Currently working as a member of a health care team with a minimum 600 personal care hours as a home support attendant or resident care attendant in the last four years as verified by an employer.
- Proof of a negative TB skin test or chest X-ray. For further information see VCC health sciences requirements.
- Current CPR (basic first aid) certification.
- Criminal Record Search required. In accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Access the criminal records review to complete the review request. The Criminal Record Form, with payment (no personal cheques), should be sent directly to the Solicitor General’s Office. The Criminal Record Check Form will ask for the organization name: Vancouver Community College and the organization contact name - Niki Scarfo, Registrar's Office, ID Number 937836 for dental, BScN, tutoring ESOL programs and Kathy Andreatta, Registrar's Office, ID Number 113043 for all other VCC programs. Please Ensure you use your legal name and that you have applied at VCC under the same name.
- Upon acceptance, regulations stipulate that a properly fitted respiratory mask must be used when providing care to patients with suspected, known, or probable cases of acute respiratory infections. The respiratory mask must be a N95 respirator that is individually fitted by a trained and certified person. This individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning your program and is good for one year and must be performed annually. The original certificate must be presented to your program during the first week of classes. Please view online list of approved fit test service providers.
- Skilled in providing personal assistance to residents/clients, particularly in bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, skin care, toiletting, mobilization, positioning and turning, assisting with meals, transfer using lifters
- Effective command of oral and written English.
- Ability to work under close supervision
- Ability to act with initiative
- Physical stamina
- Ability and willingness to adapt to changing shifts
- Ability to work in a fast-paced health care environmen
- Free from latex sensitivity or allergy
(approximate 1 year waitlist)
VCC is accepting applications from international students.
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Updated immunizations strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine and current influenza vaccination. Please review important health requirements for all VCC health sciences students.
|Course Name||Outline||Course Code||Credits|
|Acute Care Clinical||--||HRCA 1331||2.0|
|Working in Acute Care||--||HRCA 1320||3.0|