Vancouver Island students to get more health-care education training opportunities (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Sean Leslie

Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 356-8485

Backgrounders

Funding for health-care education on Vancouver Island since 2017
  • Camosun College’s Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness opened in September 2019. A purpose-built centre, it is designed around active learning, with flexible labs and technology to simulate real health-care situations and environments.
  • In October 2019, government announced Vancouver Island’s first diagnostic medical sonography program at Camosun College.
  • The Health and Science Centre opened at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus in October 2018. The new 6,855 square-metre centre means students can access degree programs in nursing, chemistry and environmental science locally.
  • The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has invested nearly $6 million for health education and training, and approximately $65 million for capital and infrastructure related to health education at post-secondary institutions on the Island.
  • Health program expansions at post-secondary institutions on the Island are anticipated to produce:
  • 16 additional graduates per year from the diagnostic medical sonography program at Camosun College.
  • 15 additional graduates per year from the nurse practitioner expansion at the University of Victoria.
  • One-time health-care assistant funding has produced at least 205 additional health-care assistant graduates on the Island since 2017.