Activity Assistant

4 Month Part-time Certificate Program (Online)

This part-time program is designed to provide post-basic training for individuals with previous Health Care Assistant (HCA) training and experience (formerly Home Support/Resident Care Attendant HS/RCA). Graduates will be prepared to work as Activity Assistants in a variety of settings.

Join our online information session on May 27th at 6:30 pm. Click here and enter password:  571975

Members of the HEU, as defined by their criteria, may be eligible for funding towards the cost of the program tuition, through the FBA Education Fund. To learn more, please visit the HEU website.

Career Opportunities:

The Activity Assistant Program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to plan and implement individual and group activities for older adults in intermediate and extended care facilities and community settings. The graduate is prepared to function under the direction of an appropriate health care professional and to work collaboratively with other team members, families and volunteers.

Program Content:

Building on the HCA Program, students will explore the theory and skills necessary to work as an Activity Assistant. Students are introduced to activity as a part of life that influences, and is influenced by, health, age, interests, values, and environment.

The program consists of classroom instruction and practicum experience. Topics include:

  • A framework for the Activity Assistant role
  • Activity for well-being
  • Programming ideas for clients with cognitive impairment
  • Practicum

Course Delivery:

Courses are offered on a part-time basis. The theory components are typically scheduled on a weeknight and Saturdays. The practicum components are scheduled on an individual basis, reflecting the requirements of the practicum site and student. The next program will be delivered online with face-to-face practicums on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Admission Requirements:

Admission Requirements:

º Current Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/ RCA) Program Certificate from an approved post-secondary institution, or equivalent standing through prior learning assessment; or Proof of completion of the School and Community Support Worker Program (previously Community Support Worker Program)

º Proof of employment as an HS/RCA within the last 4 years;

º Physically able to perform the role. 

This program is part-time and may be eligible for student loans.

Notes on Admission:

NOTE: The following documents are required by the first day of class:

º Completed “Immunization Requirement Form”;

º A clear criminal record check;

º Current certification in: CPR “C”;

º Foodsafe Level 1;

º WHMIS

2021 Important Dates*:

Applications Open 

March 1, 2021

Information Session 

Please contact us at pdt.hhs@viu.ca with any specific questions, and we will be happy to respond. See Information Session details below. 

Applications Close**

June 30, 2021

Proof of Admission Requirements - Document Deadline

June 30, 2021

Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due

Within 3 weeks of admission offer

Balance of Tuition Due

August 23, 2021

Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date)

August 23, 2021

Program Start

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Program End

January 27, 2022

* Dates are subject to change

** Late applications may be accepted if there is still room in the program 

2021 Program Fees:

All Tuition and Fees are subject to final approvals

Program Tuition: $2,710.52

Student Union Fees: ~$120

Student Activity Fees: ~ $225 

Graduation Fee: $55.18

Criminal Record Check Fee: $43.00

Textbooks:  Approximately $250.00

$350-$1000 bursaries are available each academic year for HEU members, their children, stepchildren and legal guardians, and spouses, including common-law and same-sex partners.

For further information, see:  https://www.heu.org/bursaries 

Program Contact:

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant

Professional Development & Training (H&HS)

Email: pdt.hhs@viu.ca

Online Information Session via Zoom:

Thursday, May 27, 2021; 6:30-8:30 pm

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://viu.zoom.us/j/67068322890?pwd=U2NKTWwxbFYrUHlQNmNLdkVYQkh0QT09

Password: 571975
Meeting ID: 670 6832 2890

Or join by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 375 2971 or +1 778 907 2071 or +1 204 272 7920 or +1 438 809 7799 or +1 587 328 1099 or +1 613 209 3054 or +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 375 2970
Password: 571975

International numbers available: https://viu.zoom.us/u/gVleR1zj8

How to Apply:

Apply Online or use a paper application for admission.  An application fee is required.

Revised April 13, 2021

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