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Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Northern students to get more health-care education opportunities

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Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Northern students to get more health-care education opportunities

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Sean Leslie
Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 356-8485
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Media Contacts
Sean Leslie
Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 356-8485

Backgrounders

Funding for health-care education in northern B.C. since 2017
  • Government announced the first nursing degree program in B.C.’s northeast in June 2019.
  • The northern diagnostic medical sonography program opened at the College of New Caledonia’s Prince George campus in January 2019. It is one of only two publicly funded sonography programs in B.C.
  • The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has invested more than $7 million for health education and training, and over $14 million for capital and infrastructure related to health education at post-secondary institutions in the North. This funding supports programs such as the occupational and physical therapy program at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), announced in May 2019.
  • Health program expansions at post-secondary institutions in the North are anticipated to produce:
  • 16 additional graduates per year from the northern baccalaureate nursing program in Fort St. John.
  • 16 additional graduates per year from the diagnostic medical sonography program at CNC.
  • 10 additional graduates per year from the nurse practitioner expansion at UNBC.
  • One-time health-care assistant funding has produced at least 80 additional health-care assistant graduates in the North since 2017.

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