Most healthcare careers require specialized training either through a diploma program or an advanced degree. A solid background in science is typically required.
Where Can I Get Training for a Career in Healthcare?
Healthcare and related training programs are available throughout BC at the following institutions:
BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – BCIT’s school of health sciences offers programs in biomedical engineering, electrodiagnostics, food safety and processing, health management, health protection, laboratory sciences, medical imaging technologies, nursing and specialty nursing and therapeutics.
Camosun College – offers a certified dental assistant certificate, first nations home support certificate, home support/resident care, medical laboratory assistant, medical office assistant and pharmacy technician programs.
Capilano College – offers a certificate in home support/resident care, medical office assistant and a rehabilitation assistant diploma.
College of New Caledonia – offers a dental assistant certificate, a certificate in home support/resident care and a practical nursing certificate.
College of the Rockies – offers a dental assistant certificate.
Douglas College – offers programs in therapeutic recreation, dental assisting, dispensing optician, healthcare support, health information management and medical office assistant.
Kwantlen University College – offers a bachelor of psychiatric nursing, a gerontology-based therapeutic recreation certificate and a certificate in home support/resident care.
Simon Fraser University – offers a degree program in health science.
Thompson Rivers University – offers programs in animal health technology, anesthesia, home support, medical laboratory assistant, a bachelor of health science, a bachelor of science in nursing and pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-pharmaceutical sciences, pre-veterinary and pre-naturopathic medicine programs.
University College of the Fraser Valley – offers a bachelor of science in nursing, a certified dental assistant certificate, a certificate in home support/resident care and a practical nursing certificate.
University of British Columbia – UBC has the only faculty of medicine in BC, and offers the following programs: doctor of medicine (MD), 62 postgraduate medicine (residency) training programs, bachelor of medical laboratory science, bachelor of midwifery, master of occupational therapy, master of physical therapy, master of science and PhD programs in basic and clinical sciences, and audiology and speech sciences, master of health administration and a master of health science. Its distributed model means it operates campuses at the University of Victoria and University of Northern BC. It also operates hospital-based campuses for clinical teaching throughout BC.
University of Northern BC – offers a bachelor of health sciences degree program and a certificate in aboriginal health sciences.
University of Victoria – offers degree programs in recreation and health education, health information science, food, nutrition and health and nursing.
Vancouver Community College – offers programs in practical nursing, home support/resident care, autopsy technician, dental hygiene and technology, medical laboratory assistant, medical office assistant, medical transcription, occupational and physical therapist assistant, pharmacy technician and a practical nursing certificate.
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