The new health science center improves the learning experience for students

Students studying nursing, MRI diagnostics and other healthcare roles will soon be learning in a new, innovative space, with the Center for Health Sciences at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) opening in September.

The new space will support students in 32 health programs and will include classrooms that enhance learning by simulating real health conditions.

“The BCIT Health Science Center is designed to meet the needs of students today and for years to come,” said Ann Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “We put people first by increasing and improving the spaces and programs they need to advance in their careers. We make sure we graduate well-trained nurses and caregivers who are ready to support the health care needs of British Colombians. “

The center will enhance the training and education experience for more than 6,000 BCIT part-time health science students, including those pursuing careers in diagnostic medical imaging and medical laboratory science. It includes simulations that reproduce hospital, clinical and laboratory work processes and includes living laboratories, simulation laboratories and multifunctional rooms.

‚ÄúDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, health professionals working in hospitals, emergency care, long-term care and community health centers to provide every level of health care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, ensured that “British Colombians have access to the quality care they need and deserve,” said Adrian Dix, health minister. “The new BCIT Health Science Center will provide a hands-on learning environment in real work so that students can receive the best possible training to provide the care that people rely on.

The province has invested $ 66.6 million in the $ 88.2 million project.

“As we have all experienced over the last few years, health professionals are an integral part of the well-being of all British Colombians and a cornerstone for the economic and social well-being of our province,” said Cathy Kinlock, President, BCIT. “The new BCIT Center for Health Sciences is an important investment in our ability to train, empower and provide graduates who need the province. Within these innovative teaching and learning spaces, BCIT faculty and staff will train the next generation of specialized nurses, medical radiologists, nuclear medicine technologists and others with the practical skills they need.

The four-story, 10,355-square-foot (111,460-square-foot), low-carbon building, including a parking lot, is WELL Gold-certified, in line with CleanBC’s provincial carbon footprint reduction goals. The WELL certification dictates that owners and occupants can feel confident that their spaces are specially built to improve human health and well-being.

In the 2021 budget, the province is committed to investing $ 96 million over three years to support expanded post-secondary education and training capacity for the health workforce. The new space at BCIT supports the province’s work to provide educational opportunities for students to enter the health system, including training and hiring health workers by expanding provincial training places for related health, nurses and health assistants.

Find out more:

To learn more about the BCIT Center for Health Sciences, visit: https://www.bcit.ca/campus-plan/health-sciences-centre/

For more information on BCIT health science programs, visit: https://www.bcit.ca/path/health/

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