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Activity Assistant

May 5, 2016 NEW! We are pleased to offer seats in two locations in 2016-17.
Our program will be offered in Richmond in September 2016 and in Victoria in March 2017. This part-time certificate program takes place over 4 or 6 weekends to minimize your time away from work. There is a 3-day practicum mid-program. You may take up to 7 weeks to complete the final 120-hour of practicum at the end of the program.
Learn to develop and lead leisure and recreational activities for seniors with cognitive and physical challenges. Graduates of this program make a difference by helping seniors engage in an active lifestyle as Activity Assistants in care facilities, assisted living settings, adult day care programs, clients' homes, seniors’ centres and residential group homes. For detailed information visit Activity Assistant program page. Admission Requirement

  • Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or Home Support/Residential Care (HSRC) certificate or Health Care Assistant (HCA) certificate or equivalent credential (e.g. RN or LPN).
Participation Requirement
  • In order to participate in the Activity Assistant program, you must attend a free information session. Attendance will be taken and noted on your application. Informations will be offered in Richmond and Victoria in 2016.

Activity Assistant Info Session Free Info Session

In order to participate in the Activity Assistant program, you must attend a free information session.  Attendance will be taken and noted on your application. If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, please contact us at activity@camosun.ca. Our next Information Session will be scheduled for Fall 2016. Please check back in the summer for the date.

2016F ACAS 990V 001 • Oct 19 (1 session)

  • Wed • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Free

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2017W ACAS 990V 001 • Jan 17 (1 session)

  • Tues • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Free

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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Medical Laboratory Assistants perform a vital role as part of the medical laboratory team in hospitals and private laboratories. Industry professionals teach you how to collect blood and other specimens for analysis, perform electrocardiograms (ECG’s), and a variety of basic laboratory procedures.

This part-time program takes place two evenings per week and most Saturdays from September to April. Skills will be developed and practiced throughout the program in hospital and community lab settings. A four-week, full- time practicum helps prepare you for a meaningful and interesting career. For more information visit camosun.ca/med-lab-assistant Admission Requirements

  • Completed Grade 12 graduation or equivalent;
  • Letter grade of "C" or higher in English 12 or assessment;
  • Letter grade of "C" or higher in Camosun Math 053 or Math 10 (Principles), or Foundations of Math & Pre- calculus 10; or assessment;
  • Keyboarding to a minimum of 40 net words* per minute within the last six months prior to application. Test must be from a recognized organization and show gross words, timing, errors, etc. *The Medical Lab program deducts two points per error if the student submits gross words plus errors.
AND
  • Letter grade of "C+" or higher in Camosun's Medical Terminology course, or another Medical Terminology course with a minimum of 60 hours; OR
  • Letter grade of "C" or higher in a Human Biology course (e.g. Biology 12); OR
  • Minimum of six months paid or volunteer work or education in a health care field.

Medical Laboratory Information Session Free Info Session

It is strongly recommended you attend a free information session.

2016F MEDL 990V 001 • Oct 12 (1 session)

  • Wed • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Free

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2017W MEDL 990V 001 • Apr 5 (1 session)

  • Wed • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Free

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Hospital Unit Clerk

Program begins in September 2017

Skilled Unit Clerks (now also known as Nursing Unit Assistants) who bring an excellent work ethic, compassion for people and a positive attitude to their jobs are needed in our health care system! These positions offer a competitive union wage (currently $21.82 hour + 11.8% for casual work = approx $24.39), flexible hours, a fast-paced interactive environment, and an interesting variety of duties. Learn more about this challenging and rewarding career of looking after the administrative and clerical requirements of a hospital unit. This 335-hour part-time certificate program will prepare graduates to apply for employment in a hospital as a Unit Clerk. The program begins in mid-September and finishes in May after the 110-hour practicum. Classes are held two weeknights and Saturdays. The program is limited to 20 students. To receive a brochure with further course details, please call 250-370-4565 or go to the program website at camosun.ca/unitclerk

Admission Requirements

  • Attendance at a Program Information Session
  • Grade 12 (including English 12 with a minimum C grade, sealed transcript required)
  • Camosun College Medical Terminology Course or approved equivalent, (min. 60 hr. course and 75% final grade taken within 3 years of starting the program)
  • 50 net wpm keyboarding speed (dated May 2016 or later). Net means 1 word taken off for each error.
  • Island Health Medical Terminology Assessment – minimum of 72% (dated May 2016 or later)

Unit Clerk Program Website: See camosun.ca/unitclerk

Hospital Unit Clerk Free Info Session

Registering for and attending an Information Session is REQUIRED for students wanting to apply for this program. During this informative session, the Program Coordinator will share information and answer your questions. Topics include: roles and duties performed by Unit Clerks, pros and cons of working in the field, job prospects, program curriculum and schedule. The session is free but please call 250-370-3550 to register.

2016F UNIT 990V 001 • Nov 23 (1 session)

  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:30pm • Interurban
  • Free

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2017W UNIT 990V 001 • Jan 11 (1 session)

  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:30pm • Interurban
  • Free

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Medical Office Skills

These courses are designed for those who require the skills to work or advance in a medical environment. A confirmation of completion grade letter is issued for Medical Terminology, a confirmation of attendance for Medical Billing, and an assessment score is issued for Island Health Medical Terminology Assessments.

Medical Terminology – Classroom

Medical Terminology is an intense course in which students typically devote at least four to six hours of disciplined home study to each session. This challenging course will help you develop the skills you need to understand medical terms including common medical prefixes, suffixes and combining forms as well as an exploration of the body systems. This course is a fundamental prerequisite for most positions in the medical field.  Strong fluency in spoken and written English language is essential. The NEW 11th Edition "The Language of Medicine" textbook, by Chabner (approx $132)  is required for all courses. Please purchase at the Bookstore, Lansdowne 250-370-3080 or Interurban 250-370-4080.

2016F MEDC 500V 001 • Sep 19 - Dec 15 (24 sessions) • Angela Kemna

  • Mon Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $435

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2016F MEDC 500V 002 • Sep 19 - Dec 15 (24 sessions) • Angela Kemna

  • Mon Thur • 3:00pm-5:30pm • Interurban
  • $435

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2016F MEDC 500V 003 • Nov 3 - Feb 16 (24 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson

  • Mon Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $435

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2017W MEDC 500V 001 • Jan 16 - Apr 10 (24 sessions) • Angela Kemna

  • Mon Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $435

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2017W MEDC 500V 002 • Jan 26 - Apr 24 (24 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson

  • Mon Thur • 2:30pm-5:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $435

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Medical Terminology - Online

The ONLINE course covers the same content as the classroom course. The pace and homework expectations of this intense 15 session online Medical Terminology course are the same as the twice a week classroom offering. Students typically devote at least four to six hours of disciplined study to each of the 22 chapter topics, so some weeks will require 12 or more hours of focused study. To ensure a confident start, students complete a basic online orientation at the beginning of the course. Once you have registered, the instructor will contact you by email within 5 days of the class beginning to prepare for the orientation. Your email address MUST be supplied at the time of registration. Final Exam:

  • Local students meet in person at the Interurban Campus for a paper based final exam. See exam date below.
  • Out of town students must supply an approved exam proctor from a community college in their area BEFORE the start of the course. Proctors must be approved PRIOR to starting the course by contacting Kelly at trotterk@camosun.ca or 250-370-4124. Out of town students must write the final exam on the same weekend as local students (see date below). All other course work takes place online.

Course Requirements:
  • Strong fluency in spoken and written English
  • Internet access
  • An email account (supply when registering)
  • Ability to perform basic keyboard and mouse tasks (typing messages, scrolling up or down online screens, pointing and clicking the mouse, etc.)
  • A laptop or desktop computer with speakers and an operating system capable of running a Google Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox browser. Note: Tablets are NOT currently supported by the online learning platform required for this course
The required textbook is the NEW 11th Edition "The Language of Medicine", by Chabner, that contains the ONLINE ACCESS CODE booklet (approx $191 available in August. Purchase the book at the Interurban Bookstore (250-370-4080) at least one week prior to the course start.

Information on how to access the online course will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course. (Please DO NOT attempt to create an online course account, access the course site, etc. until advised by the instructor.)
On-Campus Final Exam Dates:
  • Sep 2016 Course:     Sat. Dec 17; 9:30am-12pm, Interurban Campus
  • Oct 2016 Course:      Sat. Feb 25; 9:30am-12pm, Interurban Campus
  • Feb 2017 Course:      Sat. May 27; 9:30am-12pm, Interurban Campus
  • Mar 2017 Course:      Sat. July 15; 9:30am-12pm, Interurban Campus
 

2016F MEDC 502V D01 • Sep 7 - Dec 17 (15 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson

  • $435

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2016F MEDC 502V D02 • Oct 19 - Feb 25 (15 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson

  • $435

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2017W MEDC 502V D01 • Feb 1 - May 27 (15 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson

  • $435

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2017W MEDC 502V D02 • Mar 22 - Jul 15 (15 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson

  • $435

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Island Health – Medical Terminology Assessment

Island Health has joined with Camosun College to be the sole administrator of the Medical Terminology Assessment for them on Southern Vancouver Island. If you are applying for an Island Health position that requires a Medical Terminology Assessment, the results of this test must be scanned and attached to your electronic application.

The Island Health Medical Terminology Assessment is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions and the minimum requirement to be considered for Island Health employment is 72% (36/50). Students wishing to study should use Chabner's “The Language of Medicine” as all assessment questions are based on this text. To take the Island Health Medical Terminology Assessment students must pre-register online or by calling Camosun registration at 250-370-3550 (option 2), as seats are limited. You must arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled assessment start time and will be required to provide VALID PHOTO ID prior to taking the assessment. You will be provided with an official copy of your assessment score upon completion.

Important Note from Island Health: Taking and/or passing this assessment in no way guarantees employment. Results are not currently recognized by other employers.
 

2016S MEDC 600V 004 • Aug 31 (1 session)

  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2016F MEDC 600V 001 • Sep 12 (1 session)

  • Mon • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2016F MEDC 600V 002 • Oct 4 (1 session)

  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2016F MEDC 600V 003 • Oct 25 (1 session)

  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2016F MEDC 600V 004 • Nov 17 (1 session)

  • Thur • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2016F MEDC 600V 005 • Dec 6 (1 session)

  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2016F MEDC 600V 006 • Dec 13 (1 session)

  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017W MEDC 600V 001 • Jan 5 (1 session)

  • Thur • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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Professional Development

The science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health.

Basics of Medications

This one-day workshop will help caregivers ensure medications are given safely, legally and effectively. You will learn about administering medications to children, the elderly and individuals with special needs (not including narcotics or injections). Hands on practice will be providedStrong English language skills are an asset.

  • Pre-reading and homework (complete prior to course) 
  • Complete essential pre-reading and home assignment prior to attending. The course manual will be mailed to you at the address you use at the time of registration. Please allow one to two weeks to receive your course manual by mail.
  • Expect to set aside at least 7 hours to complete this pre-reading and homework. It may take several days of review to fully absorb the content.
  • Register at least two weeks before the in-class lab to allow time to complete the essential pre-reading and home assignment prior to course.
  • Classroom Theory Review/Lab/Exam:
  • The  lab is designed to answer your questions regarding the Basics of Medications manual and to practice the medication administration techniques in a laboratory setting.  We recommend that you come to the course with any questions or clarification points from reading the manual.
  • Please bring change for parking, snacks and a lunch for ½ hr. break (the cafeteria is closed on Sundays), course manual, completed home assignment, paper, a highlighter, and a pen.
  • Come prepared to practice the “Medication Administration Techniques” as outlined in Section IV of the manual.
  • Prepare to write the Final Exam, which will test your knowledge of content from Section I, II and IV of the course manual.  Information from Section III will not be tested on the final exam.
  • Course assessment:  Due to the nature of the content the pass mark for the course is 80% (exam 90%, home assignment 10%). Students who are unsuccessful will need to repeat the course.  If taking course for non-work related reasons, the exam is optional.
  • A Confirmation of Completion will be issued to successful students.
  • Lab takes place at Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Wilna Thomas Bldg. Room 205 from 9:00am-5:30pm.

2016F HLHS 527V 001 • Sep 18 (1 session) • Dawn Winterburn

  • Sun • 12:30pm-5:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 9:00am-5:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $150

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2016F HLHS 527V 002 • Nov 20 (1 session) • Dawn Winterburn

  • Sun • 12:30pm-5:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 9:00am-5:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $150

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Foot Care Nursing - Enhanced New

BIG NEWS! We have reduced your time on campus from 6 days to 3 days. Spend your time reviewing mandatory comprehensive theory prior to attending to maximize your learning.  Develop the skills needed to be a Foot Care Nurse in this in-depth hybrid course. Whether you are currently providing foot care or considering starting this as a new career, this course is a safe investment for a career as a Foot Care Nurse in client homes, care facilities or clinics. Complete 84 hours of comprehensive theory and extensive community practice to prepare you for career opportunities in the field of Foot Care Nursing.

  • Module 1: Guided online self-study Online self-study modules, instructional videos, and the course textbook provide flexible step-by-step guided study at your own pace. The course includes an in depth focus on sterilization and diabetes according to Best Practice Guidelines. Complete online assignments for immediate feedback. Topics include instruments and equipment, sterilization, and best business practices.
  • Module 2: Classroom and Clinical Practice You will spend a morning with your instructor, reviewing foot care assessment skills and practicing on each other using proper tools and equipment. You will also review case studies. Following these activities, you will spend 2.5 days performing foot care on client feet under the guidance and supervision of your educators in a variety of clinical settings on and off-campus.
Schedule:  
  • Online course (access anywhere, anytime) runs Jan 9-Feb 15, 2017
  • Thurs. Feb 16: classroom (morning), clinical on-site (aft)
  • Fri. Feb 17: clinical on-site
  • Sat. Feb 18: clinical off-site
  • Note: Feb 16-18 clinicate classes are 9-5 each day
Deadline and Fees (2016-17):  
  • Please register by December 15
  • You are required to attend Clinical in Victoria, BC all day Feb 16,17,18
  • Tuition: $1445
Text and Supplies:
  • Required text: Lazenby, C. (2015). Art and Science of Foot Care (approx. $100)
  • Required personal protective equipment and Foot Care supply kit (approx $350+ tax)
    • Please pay for the kit at the Camosun Bookstore and show your chit as proof of payment to the instructors on the first day of classroom instruction to receive your sterilized kit. Chits for Kits will be available in January 2017.
Prerequisite:
  • Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from BC prior to attending Clinical. 
  • A minimum of TWO years of nursing experience is required for course participation
Participation requirements:
  • Completed criminal record check - see http://camosun.ca/services/student-records/crc/
  • Access to an up-to-date computer with reliable, high speed Internet connection
  • Comfortable using a computer for online learning and assessment. 
As Foot Care Nursing has no national certification or regulatory body, we have updated our course to provide you with knowledgeable educators and comprehensive curriculum.

2017W HLHS 745V D01 • Jan 9 - Feb 18 (41 sessions) • Tannis Sorge

Sandra Tetrault
  • Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sat • 12:00pm-12:00pm • Off campus
  • Thur Fri Sat • 9:00am-5:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $1445

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Out-of-Province nurses are welcome! Alberta nurses, please confirm your successful completion will meet the requirements of your regulatory body. You may also be eligible for an Education Grant, including travel and accommodation. See http://foundation.clpna.com/education-grants/grant-eligibility/


Local Anesthesia Certification Course For Dental Hygienists

Learn to safely and effectively administer local anesthesia in a class taught by our supportive Dental Hygiene faculty. Open to hygienists with conditional registration with the British Columbia College of Dental Hygienists. Successful completion will allow you to apply for full registration. Registration Deadline: January 14, 2016.

  • Schedule:
  • January 30 8:30am-4:30pm
  • January 31 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Clinical practice 3 weeks (Feb 1-Feb 19) under supervision of a licensed dentist. Please complete arrangements for your clinical practice component with a licensed dentist, prior to February 20th class.
  • February 20 8:30am-4:30pm
  • February 21 8:30am-1pm
  • Class Wear:  Scrubs and closed toed clinic shoes
  • Tuition: $1125 (includes catered lunch Jan 30, 31 and Feb 20)
  • Refund policy: Sorry, no refunds after January 14, 2016.  If our minimum enrollment is not met, your fees will be returned.
  • Text: Handbook of Local Anaesthesia 6th ed.”, by S. Malamed ISBN-10: 0323074138. Available at online vendors such as Chapters or Amazon (approx $100).
  • Pre-Work: Course preparation material will be mailed upon receipt of registration. Registrants will be asked to obtain the course textbook, and then complete the associated reading and exercises prior to the first class.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists-REFRESHER

This refresher course is for registered dental hygienists who have previously taken a local anesthetic course. Upon completion of this course, you will have the confidence and knowledge to safely, effectively and comfortably administer local anesthetics for dental and dental hygiene procedures. Review theory review and receive hands-on instruction for the use of local anesthetics. You will practice by delivering and receiving local anesthetics in partners in the clinic sessions. You are also expected to practice your technique under the observation of a licensed dentist during the clinical practice component (3 weeks between the sessions). For more information please email healthpd@camosun.bc.ca to receive a detailed registration package.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

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