Health Care Assistant

24-week certificate program (full-time)

Lead with a compassionate heart in a rewarding career as a professional caregiver. The VIU Health Care Assistant Certificate program prepares students for in-demand careers with Canada’s aging population.

This 24-week full-time program combines in-class instruction with hands-on experience in nursing labs and clinical instruction that is uniquely enriched with Aboriginal ways of knowing and being. Upon graduation students find employment opportunities working in complex care facilities, extended care units, acute care, home support agencies and residential settings.

Certified Health Care Assistants graduate as important members of health care teams, helping individuals and families live safe, healthy, and comfortable lives.

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Practical Nursing

2-year Diploma program (full-time)

Looking for a rewarding career in Canadian health care that gives you the personal satisfaction that comes with helping others?

The Practical Nurse (PN) program provides you with the theory and skills required to practice safe, competent and ethical nursing care that contributes to the comfort and well-being of others. Becoming an LPN is a great way to start your nursing career in a short amount of time, providing you with a stable future with great earning potential as the demand for health care professionals continues to grow in Canada.

The LPN Program provides students with the skills and knowledge to become a valued professional in a demanding and challenging career in a variety of community care facilities.  

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