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Acute Care Skills for resident care aide

 

Are you an experienced RCA or HCA looking to work within a hospital and experience the excitement of a broader scope of care and practice? Are you looking to upgrade your career skills to achieve more? Then the Acute Care Skills program may be for you.


Pacific Coast Community College offers this training with the approval and backing of our Vancouver General Hospital where we conduct our clinical placements for our students.

 

If you would like to begin your studies towards this next step in your career, call us now. Our program begins three times a year and lasts for approximately 8 weeks in total.

 

Why wait a year? Start now!

Within the program, students will be provided with additional knowledge and skills necessary to assist Registered Nurses in a new environment, working with patients/clients who are acutely ill but stable.

 

This program builds on the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the Health Care Assistant program. Students will increase their awareness of changes in health status, treatments and interventions, and increase their comfort in working with equipment commonly required by the acutely ill patient/client.

 

This program helps prepare learners to complete their employers’ delegated tasks certification process.

 

In total, the program consists of three units: two theory components, and one clinical practicum.

 

Program Content

Students will learn the additional knowledge and skills necessary to assist Registered Nurses working with patients/clients who are acutely ill but stable.

 

This program builds on the foundation knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in the Pacific Coast HCA program. Students will increase their awareness of changes in health status, treatments and interventions, and increase their comfort in working with equipment commonly required by the acutely ill patient/client.

 

This program helps prepare learners to complete their employers’ Delegated Tasks Certification process. The program consists of three units: two theory and one clinical practicum.

 

Acute Care Theory Unit A

  • Delegation of Tasks
  • Foot Care
  • Care of the Client with Diabetes
  • Safe Medication Delivery and Administration

Acute Care Theory Unit B

  • Working in the Acute Care System
  • Care of Clients in Acute Care
  • Care of Clients with Diverse Needs

Acute Care Clinical Practice Unit C

  • Clinical Practicum in Acute Care

Program Length

  • 120 hours over 18 days consisting of 10 class days and 2 weeks (8 days/48 hours) full-time instructor-led clinical practicum in an Acute Care setting
  • Advanced Placement=78 hours over 5 class days and 8 clinical practicum days
  • Theory courses will be offered on a part-time basis

Admission Requirements - Acute Care Skills for resident care aide

  • Proof of graduation from an approved RCA/HCA/Community Health Care Worker Program, which meets the BC Provincial Curriculum hours or a valid/current registry number with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  • Relevant reference proving minimum of 600 hours of related facility employment experience or current resume demonstrating the same.
  • Must have current CPR “C” certificate valid for 1 year or less at completion of Acute Care practicum.
  • Acceptable criminal records check as required by the Criminal Records Review Act within 6 months of program acceptance.
  • TB Screening within 3 months + updated immunizations required before commencing practicum.
  • English Requirements: Must be sufficiently fluent in spoken English to understand classroom teaching and engage in clinical conversations; demonstrate ability to comprehend written text and classroom materials to a satisfactory level, and prepare written assignments.  Students must have at least Grade 10 English demonstrated through a high school diploma/ GED/ copy of transcript or one of the following equivalencies: placement in the middle intermediate level of a recognized English as a Second Language School  that is registered with PCTIA or equivalent and recognized  English exam assessment (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, etc.). If student does not have any of the above we will administer an SLE exam to determine English language eligibility and students must score at least 26 to be considered sufficiently fluent.
  • Advanced placement standing with credit for Acute Care Theory Unit A will be given to graduates who completed BCRCA/Pacific Coast Community College HCA/RCA Program since January, 2006; or those who completed the three courses in the Skills Enhancement Certificate Program for HCA/RCA’s from BCRCA Inc/Pacific Coast Community College and the updated BCRCA/Pacific Coast Community College “Delegation of Tasks” class since June 1, 2005.

(Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution)


 
 

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