Recommended B.C. HCA Program Textbooks

Textbooks listed could be used for specific HCA program courses or serve as overall program texts. Preference has been given to Canadian editions and those with online ancillary resources. In addition, a number of the textbooks listed are available online through BCcampus as open educational resources.

Adams, C., & Jones, P. H. (2010). Therapeutic communication for health professionals (3rd ed.) McGraw-Hill.

Adler R. B., Rosenfeld, L. B., Proctor, R. F., & Winder, C. (2012). Interplay: The process of interpersonal communication (3rd Canadian ed.). Oxford University Press.

Beebe, S. A., Beebe, S. J., Redmond, M. V., & Salem-Wiseman, L. (2017). Interpersonal communication: Relating to others (7th Canadian ed.). Pearson Canada.

Betts, J. G., Young, K. A., Wise, J. A., Johnson, E., Poe, B., Kruse, D. H., Korol, O., Johnson, J. E. Womble, M., & DeSaix, P. (2016). Anatomy and physiology. OpenStax. https://openstax.org/details/books/anatomy-and-physiology

Blackmore, T. (2020). Community palliative care and COVID-19: A handbook for clinicians who care for palliative patients with COVID-19 in community settings. Class Publishing.

Carr, E. & Mizock, L. (2021). Women with serious mental illness: Gender sensitive and recovery-oriented care. Oxford University Press.

Christie, J., (2020). Promoting resilience in dementia care: A person-centred framework for assessment and support planning. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Devereaux Ferguson, S., & Lennox Terrion, J. (2014). Communication in everyday life: Personal and professional contexts. Oxford University Press.

Donatelle, R., Chow, A., & Kolen-Thompson, A. (2017). Health: The basics ((7th Canadian ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.

Doyle, R. G., & McCutcheon, J. A. (2016). Clinical procedures for safer patient care. BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/clinicalskills/

Elsevier Inc. (2020). Job readiness for health professionals: Soft skills strategies for success (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Jones, M. (2007). Gentlecare: Changing the experience of Alzheimer’s disease in a positive way (2nd ed.). Moyra Jones Resources Ltd.

Lidstone, R. & Camosun College. (2016). Line B: Employability skills competency B-3– Use interpersonal communication skills. ECampusOntario. https://openlibrary-repo.ecampusontario.ca/xmlui/handle/123456789/319

Lowey, S. E. (2015). Nursing care at the end of life [Open Textbook]. Open SUNY Textbooks. https://milnepublishing.geneseo.edu/nursingcare/

Melrose, S., Dusome, D., Simpson, J., Crocker, C., & Athens, E. (2015). Supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness: What caregivers need to know. BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/caregivers/

Melrose, S., Park, C., & Perry, B. (2015). Creative clinical teaching in the health professions. Athabasca University. http://solr.bccampus.ca:8001/bcc/file/c6d0e9bd-ba6b-4548-82d6-afbd0f166b65/1/CREATIVE-CLINICAL-TEACHING-IN-THE-HEALTH-PROFESSIONS.pdf

Murray, K. (2014). Integrating a palliative approach: Essentials for personal support workers (2nd ed.). Life and Death Matters.[1]

Nightengale, D. J. (2020). The pocket guide to mouth and dental hygiene in dementia care: Guidance for maintaining good oral health. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Nouwen, H. (2011). A spirituality of caregiving. Upper Room Books.

Richards, C. (Ed.) (2020). Living well with dementia through music: A resource book for activities providers and care staff. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Schachter-Shalomi, Z. & Miller, R. (1997). From age-ing to sage-ing: A profound new vision of growing older. Warner Books.

Sorrentino, S. A., Remmert, L., & Wilk, M. J. (2021). Mosby’s Canadian textbook for the support worker (5th Canadian ed.). Elsevier.[2]

Thelker, C. (2020). For this I am grateful: Living with dementia. Austin Macauley.

Wolgin, F., Smith, K., French, J., Butt, A., Patterson, D. (2017). The Canadian personal care provider. Pearson Canada, Inc.


  1. To support B.C. HCA educators in adopting this textbook (and accompanying workbook), the author has prepared and published a resource map [http://lifeanddeathmatters.ca/for-educators-2/mapping-documents/] that outlines how a palliative approach could be integrated across the B.C. HCA Provincial Curriculum (2015).
  2. This textbook, as well as the accompanying workbook, are typically used as the core program resources in B.C. HCA Programs. The ancillary tools for this textbook are available for instructors and students at  https://evolve.elsevier.com/. The 5th edition was released in the fall of 2021, but some post-secondary institutions may continue  to use the 4th edition of this textbook.