Interior students to get more health-care training (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Sean Leslie

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

Backgrounders

Funding for health-care education in the Interior since 2017
  • Okanagan College's new Health Sciences Centre will give students in the Interior better access to training for a health-science career. Programs will include diploma and certificate programs, to help meet the need for high-priority health-care professionals, such as practical nurses, dental assistants, special-needs workers and health-care assistants.
  • At Thompson Rivers University (TRU), construction of the new Nursing and Population Health Building is underway, with opening expected in the fall of 2020. This purpose-built building will be home to TRU’s bachelor of science in nursing, master of nursing and health-care assistant programs that will enhance the quality of nursing education and develop a highly skilled workforce for B.C.
  • The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has invested $2.6 million for health education and training, and approximately $23 million for capital and infrastructure related to health education at post-secondary institutions in the Interior.
  • One-time health-care assistant funding has produced at least 145 additional health-care assistant graduates in the Interior since 2017.