The Health and Social Development programs include: Certified Dental Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Health Care Assistant, Human Service Worker, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing and Therapist Assistant. The College also offers the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in partnership with UBC Okanagan. These programs are dedicated to preparing students for successful practice in health and social service disciplines.
These educational programs are delivered in close partnership with professional communities and employers. An important component of each program is the knowledge and experience gained through student placements in professional practice sites. Most programs involve both faculty-supervised clinical rotations and practicum placements.
The size of the health and social services sector and the close working relationship with professionals in practice ensure an excellent employment rate for graduates from the Health and Social Development programs. The high standards of the health and social development programs offered by Okanagan College are evidenced by Accreditation of the Certified Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Therapist Assistant programs, as well as Recognition and Approval Status from Regulatory bodies overseeing the Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant programs.
Applicants must have a genuine interest in people and strong oral and written communication skills. They must be flexible, adaptable and able to work well with others in interdisciplinary teams. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the various health and social development program websites for more information on the skills, requisites and abilities required in these professions. Applicants require a criminal record check.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 02/19/2017