Concepts in Community Mental Health for Non-HCAs (HLSC 612)

Course Name

Concepts in Community Mental Health for Non-HCAs


Course Description

This course is intended for learners who have not previously completed an approved Health Care Assistant program but are interested in basic health and caregiving information and skills.


Please note: 


HLSC 612 is not a prerequisite for any program in the Health Sciences Department.


HLSC 612 is not equivalent to the full Health Care Assistant Program. 


  • For information about ϼ's Health Sciences credit programs please visit the faculty's website
  • For information about requirements to join the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry please visit their . 


Subject Code


HLSC 612



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, student will be able to

  • demonstrate a basic understanding and knowledge of human needs, human growth and development, and common physiological disorders, i.e. Diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease, and CVA – Stroke;
  • describe the relationship between observable behaviours of the individual and changes in mental functioning;
  • assess the effects of aging, loss, stress, and illness in relation to the care of individuals experiencing changes in mental functioning;
  • utilize a problem-solving approach to plan and implement care that is based on the principles of safe practice to maintain independence, dignity, and worth of the individual;
  • demonstrate safe practice in relation to basic personal care skills and perform caregiving skills in an organized manner;
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the infectious disease process and physiological disorders; and
  • demonstrate basic communication skills when working with clients.





$795.00 (payable upon registration)





Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: /programs-courses/general-information/admissions.



Course Content


Topics covered include:

  • Foundational Skills and Concepts;
  • Interpersonal Communication;
  • Introduction to Selected Health Challenges and Body Systems;
  • Cognitive Health Challenges; and
  • Personal Care Skills.



Learning Resources



All required resources will be provided within the course.


The primary resource used is Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker (most recent Canadian Edition). It is available through the for anyone wishing to order a copy. It may also be available at public college libraries throughout BC where the Health Care Assistant Program is offered. This textbook is used by HCA programs throughout BC, and most of Canada. It is a good resource for anyone working as an HCA in BC.



Instruction Method



Interactive online course, delivered through Blackboard.


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.





Students will be expected to complete a series of short assignments.





The course will be graded; 50% is the passing requirement.


Students will be required to complete all assignments and a final exam.



Completion Time-frame


This is a self-paced course; students can complete at their own pace.  Maximum course time-frame is four months from course start date to complete 60 hours of course content. 





Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.  You will then be prompted for payment to the CE Registration office, to finalize your registration.



CRN provided by department

Start Date Deadline to Register
Weekly, Monday Wednesday prior