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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 and an assessment score is issued for Island Health Medical Terminology Assessments.

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.

2017S UNIT 990V 001 • Jun 28 (1 session)
  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:30pm • Interurban
  • Free

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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.

2017W MEDC 500V 004 • Apr 20 - Jul 17 (24 sessions) • Angela Kemna
  • Mon Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $435

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2017F MEDC 500V 001 • Sep 18 - Dec 14 (24 sessions) • Angela Kemna
  • Mon Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $435

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2017F MEDC 500V 002 • Sep 26 - Mar 27 (24 sessions) • Angela Kemna
  • Tues • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $435

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Medical Terminology - Online

This intense 15-session ONLINE course covers the same content as the classroom course. The homework expectations are equivalent to the twice-a-week classroom offering. Students typically devote at least 4 to 6 hours of disciplined study to each of the 22 chapter topics; some weeks require 12 or more hours of focused study. To ensure a confident start, students complete an online orientation at the beginning of the course. The instructor will contact you by email, the week before the course start, to prepare for orientation. Your email address MUST be supplied at the time of registration. Final Exam: on-campus & in-person

  • Is paper-based and done in person. All other course work takes place online.
  • Local students meet at the Interurban Campus. See listed final exam date.
  • Out-of-town students must arrange an approved exam proctor with a community college in their area BEFORE the start of the course.  For proctor approval, contact Kelly at trotterk@camosun.ca or 250-370-4166. The final exam must be written on the same weekend as local students. See listed final exam date.

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
  • Laptop or desktop computer, with speakers, and a current browser. Tablets are not currently supported
The required textbook is the 11th Edition, The Language of Medicine, by Chabner, Version with the ONLINE ACCESS CARD (approx. $191). Purchase the book at the Interurban Bookstore (250-370-4080) at least one week prior to the course start.

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 2017 Course:      Sat. Dec 16; 9:30am-12pm, Interurban Campus
  • Oct 2017 Course:       Sat. Mar 3; 9:30am-12pm, Interurban Campus
  2017F MEDC 502V D01 • Sep 6 - Dec 16 (15 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson
  • $435

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2017F MEDC 502V D02 • Oct 25 - Mar 3 (15 sessions) • Jean Abrahamson
  • $435

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Medical Terminology Assessment - Island Health

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 assessment 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.
 
2017S MEDC 600V 001 • May 16 (1 session)
  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 002 • May 30 (1 session)
  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 003 • Jun 20 (1 session)
  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 004 • Jul 12 (1 session)
  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 005 • Jul 19 (1 session)
  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 006 • Jul 26 (1 session)
  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 007 • Aug 16 (1 session)
  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017S MEDC 600V 008 • Aug 30 (1 session)
  • Wed • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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2017F MEDC 600V 001 • Sep 19 (1 session)
  • Tues • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Interurban
  • $25

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Health & Caring Professions

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

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.

2017S ACAS 990V 001 • May 24 (1 session) • Terry Manzo
  • Wed • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Off campus
  • Free

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2017S ACAS 990V 002 • Jun 15 (1 session) • Terry Manzo
  • Thur • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Off campus
  • Free

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2017S ACAS 990V 003 • Jul 12 (1 session) • Terry Manzo
  • Wed • 5:30pm-7:00pm • Off campus
  • Free

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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.
2017S HLHS 527V 001 • May 7 (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

Study comprehensive theory online and spend just 3 days on campus. Develop the skills needed to be a Foot Care Nurse in this in-depth 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.   NOTE: As Foot Care Nursing has no national certification nor regulatory body in BC, we have ensured that our course will provide you with comprehensive and current curriculum. Your instructors have completed extensive training in foot care and are experienced educators with thriving practices.

  • 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 over up to six weeks. 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.
  • 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) followed by 3 days in Victoria, BC 
  • Register to begin May 29 or July 10, depending on your preference. We recommend 6 weeks to complete the online modules.
  • Be sure to order your textbook to support this online work.
  • You must complete all online modules by Aug 21, 2017
  • Classroom review and Clinical practice: Aug 22-24, 9-5 each day
Deadline and Fees (2017-18):   As of April 18, we have allowed earlier access to the online modules.
  • Tuition: $1475
  • Register now to begin your online study as early as May 29. Online registrations will be accepted until July 10. Registrations after July 10 are by permission only. 
  • May 29 and July 10 groups both attend Clinical in Victoria, BC all day Aug 22, 23, 24
  • Refunds are available until 7 days before your online course begins 
Text and Supplies:
  • Required text: Lazenby, C. (2015 or 2017). Art and Science of Foot Care (approx. $100).  Please purchase text from the Camosun's Lansdowne Campus Bookstore.  Shipping is available, please contact the bookstore at 250-370-3080 or email bookstore@camosun.bc.ca.
  • Required personal protective equipment and Foot Care supply kit (approx $350+ tax)
    • Please purchase kit at the Camosun's Lansdowne Campus 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 for purchase in June 2017.Pick up your kit in class on August 22.
Prerequisite:
  • Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from British Columbia prior to attending Clinical. Please email healthpd@camosun.ca with 2017S HLHS 745V D02 • May 29 - Aug 24 (88 sessions) • Tannis Sorge Sandra Tetrault
    • Tues Wed Thur • 9:00am-5:00pm • Lansdowne
    • $1475

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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/

    2017S HLHS 745V D01 • Jul 10 - Aug 24 (46 sessions) • Tannis Sorge Sandra Tetrault
    • Tues Wed Thur • 9:00am-5:00pm • Lansdowne
    • $1475

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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/


    Foot Care Free Info Session

    FREE Information Session: Foot Care Nurse Management on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7-8:30 pm at Seniors Come Share in Surrey. This informal session will give you information about basic and advanced training in this career, including:

    • What does a Foot Care Nurse do? What is their scope of work?
    • Certification and regulation myths and practices
    • Job opportunities, physical limitations
    • Training opportunities, including Camosun’s Foot Care Management course and Advanced Education Day
      Presenters:
    • Tannis Sorge R.N. FCNEd , CFCN (WOCN) U.S.A. Certified Foot Care Nurse
    • Sandra Tetrault R.N. FCNEd, CFCN (WOCN) U.S.A. Certified Foot Care Nurse
    • Valerie Montague, Coordinator - Continuing Education, Health and Human Services, Camosun College
      Please email us if you are unable to attend and would like more information. 2017S HLHS 990V 001 • May 24 (1 session)
    • Wed • 7:00pm-8:30pm • Off campus
    • $

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    Medical Laboratory Information Session Free Info Session

    It is strongly recommended you attend a free information session.  The April 5, 2017 information session has been cancelled.  Please check back for new date.

    Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

    Local Anesthesia 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. Any dental hygienist attending from outside of BC will need to contact the College of Dental Hygienists of BC to obtain a temporary registration, in order to participate in the clinical component of the course.  Registration Deadline: February 24, 2017.

    • Schedule:
    • March 18, 2017 8:30am-4:30pm
    • March 19, 2017 8:30am-4:30pm
    • Clinical practice 3 weeks (March 20-April 7) under supervision of a licensed dentist. Please complete arrangements for your clinical practice component with a licensed dentist, prior to the April 8th class.
    • April 8, 2017 8:30am-4:30pm
    • April 9, 2017  8:30am-1pm
    • Class Wear:  Scrubs and closed toed clinic shoes
    • Tuition: $1125 (includes catered lunch March 18, 19, and April 8)
    • Refund policy: Sorry, no refunds after February 24, 2017.  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).

    Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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