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DOUGLAS COLLEGE, NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - PROGRAMS

New Westminster, British ColumbiaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1970Established Year
  24801Enrollment

Certificate (Health Care Support Worker)

 18 months
 47 Credits
 full time
  English
 on campus

Field of Study

$ 13,500 

1st Year
Fees

International Student Tution

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Program Description

  • The Certificate in Health Care Support Worker at Douglas College is offered as 18 months or 3-term teaching program.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis only.
  • Students have to successfully complete 47 credits and 50% of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.
  • The certificate program is offered during fall and winter.
  • The Health Care Support Work (HCSW) Certificate Program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values to practice as front-line care providers in a variety of health care and mental health care settings.
  • This three-semester program is a combination of two certificate programs:
    • Health Care Assisting (HCA) Certificate Program (2 semesters)
    • Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) Certificate Program (1 semester).
  • It is the only public college program in the Lower Mainland that offers a blend of physical and mental health skills training.
  • Many students have a commitment of employment before they finish their studies. 
  • Graduates find this program a great step towards pursuing further education such as Licensed Practical Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), or a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BScPN).
  • Douglas College offers nearly $100,000 in entrance scholarships to new international students each year who have proven to be successful in their previous academic studies.
  • Students may have job opportunities as a Physician Assistant, Nurse anesthetists, midwives, and nurse practitioners, etc.
  • The average salary of the program goes up to 36,000 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Certificate
Duration18 months
Total Credits47
Fees$ 14,270 for 18 months or 47 Credits Program
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - May 31)
Language Proficiency IELTS,TOEFL,PTE
Program Urlhttps://www.douglascollege.ca/programs-courses/catalogue/programs/CTHCSW

Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students have to complete High school graduation or a minimum of 17 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College.
  • Students hold a minimum overall grade average of 60% (or equivalent) in the final year of high school.
  • Students acquire a minimum final grade of “C” or 60% (or equivalent) in Grade 11 Mathematics or equivalent for most programs.

Language Requirements:

  • The students must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (English) in the program. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.
  • The students whose official language is not English must submit the English Language Proficiency scores like IELTS or TOEFL.
  • If the student does not meet the language requirements they can take English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) program and complete it and pursue this program.


Required Document List

The Documents required are:

  • Resume/CV - This provides a summary of the experience and skills of the student.
  • Two Reference Letter: The two personal admissions reference letters from coaches, PE teachers, or community leaders verifying physical education, sport or work experience, and a character reference.
  • Financial Documentation - The Proof that shows the financial background of the student.
  • Letter of Recommendation - This shows who recommended the student to pursue the degree.
  • Statement of Purpose - This is an essay or any written statement written by the student while applying.
  • College Transcripts - The marks statement provided by the education board after completion of the previous academic qualifications.
  • Students have to submit English Language requirement scores like TOEFL, IELTS, etc.


Application Deadline

Fall
May 31

Winter
Sep 30

Summer
Jan 31


Scores Required

6 / 9

Avg. Score in

IELTS

80 / 120

Avg. Score in

TOEFL

56 / 75

Avg. Score in

PTE


Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearsYear 1
Tuition fees$13050
Health insurance$375
Others$845
Total fees$14270

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and board$ 9,000

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020

VISA & Work Study

VISA

  • Student visa and Visitor Visa (Optional) is required to study in Canada. 
  • The Student visa is a document that the Canadian government issues that allow foreign nationals to study at institutions in Canada.
  • A Student visa is usually valid for the length of the student’s study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days lets the student prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend their stay.
  • The cost of the Student visa is 112 USD.
  • The students need these documents to apply for a student visa:
    • Proof of acceptance i.e The offer letter that the student received from the university.
    • Proof of identity 
    • Proof of financial support i.e Documents showing the financial status.

Work Study

  • "On-campus" is defined as employment facilities within the boundaries of the campus. Students are only allowed to work on the campus at which they are registered as a Full-Time student.
  • The student may work on-campus without a work permit if:
    • Is a full-time student enrolled at Douglas College
    • Have a valid study permit
    • Have a valid SIN 
  • International students can work off-campus if the student is:
    • full-time student enrolled at Douglas College
    • In an academic program that is at least 6 months in duration and that leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate
    • Have a valid study permit, valid SIN
  • To maintain working eligibility off-campus, most students must be enrolled full-time (9 credits minimum).
  • Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible career opportunities are:

  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse anesthetists, midwives, and nurse practitioners
  • Genetic counselors
  • Medical assistants
  • Occupational therapy assistants/aides
  • Phlebotomists


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