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Brighton College - Vancouver Campus: Health Care Area of Study

Resident Care Attendant Diploma - Diploma


The purpose of the Residential Care Attendant (RCA) program is to develop advocates and role models for the paraprofessional areas of Human Services and Healthcare in the community. (i.e., to set new standards in the knowledge base / training provided to those who support people in residential care.)

This 6-month diploma program is designed for those who wish to qualify as Residential Care Attendant in a variety of health and human service agencies. The program also includes 2 weeks? preceptorship. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and workshops facilitated by specialized industry experts and work experience practicum at various governments, non-profit, institutional and community-based care agencies throughout the lower mainland. Before the students go for practicum, the students get to have First Aid (CPR), WHIMS, and Food Safe training and will get those three certifications. The successful completion of 10 courses (including 5-week clinical placement) is required for program graduation.

This program is 26 weeks duration:
19 weeks instruction, 5 weeks clinical, 2 weeks preceptorship.


Entry-level Jobs
Resident Care Attendant
Healthcare Assistant
Community Health Worker
Career Paths
Residential Facilities
Group Homes
Home Support Agencies
Bridge to LPN/RN

The RCA Program consists of 10 courses, which will be taught 5 hours per day, for a total of 25 hours. Eight of the 10 courses are experiential classroom based lectures and workshops. The last two courses consist of 5 weeks of clinical placement and 2 weeks of preceptorship, whereby each student will be at various government, non-profit, and community care facilities within the lower mainland.

RCA 100, 25 Hours, 1 Week | Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care giving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

RCA 110, 25 Hours, 1 Week | Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology covers the broad base for medical terminology, abbreviations and the systems of the body. Students will learn to build medical words using the key components which also include the correct pronunciation and spelling of each term. Students also gain the understanding of proper utilization of terms to describe medical conditions and disease states.

RCA 210, 50 Hours, 2 Weeks | Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of RCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

RCA 220, 50 Hours, 2 Weeks | Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a RCA. The course focuses on the concepts of caring and person-centered care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

RCA 310, 125 Hours, 5 Weeks | Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.

RCA 320, 50 Hours, 2 Weeks | Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviors and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.

RCA 330, 100 Hours, 4 Weeks | Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the RCA role. The course comprises of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.

RCA 800, 200 Hours, 5 Weeks | Clinical Placement
An on-site clinical placement provides the students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical skills learned in the classroom. The practicum offers the student experience and allows them to perform appropriate care to their assigned residents. Students will receive an opportunity to observe professionals in practical situations. Students will acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students will receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field.

RCA 350, 70 Hours, 2 Weeks | Preceptorship
The preceptorship involves a period of final work experience required for graduation from the RCA program in which students perform actual clinical or other professional care-giving procedures in an appropriate healthcare setting under the immediate supervision of a single, fully qualified individual. The instructor is readily available for consultation with either the student or preceptor.

BUS 500, 25 Hours, 1 Week | Job Search
Job-hunting is serious business. To be successful, a job seeker will need to organize the job search like a business. Students will develop a resume, a cover letter, and interview skills specified in healthcare area.

NOTE: Students are expected to attend during the Placement host hours of operation. This may be morning, afternoon evenings, overnights and weekends. While on practicum reliable transportation is required.

25 Hours, 1 Week | Job Search | CPR/WHMIS/Food Safe

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