Attendance at a program information session is required. Issues which may interfere with progress in the program will be addressed at this time.
Once you're accepted into the program:
- You will be required to attend an orientation on the first day of class or risk losing your seat.
- You are strongly encouraged to complete the following requirements before the program start:*
- Standard First Aid Certificate (valid for 3 years).
- CPR Level C (valid for 1 year; must be kept current throughout program).
- Foodsafe certificate (expires after 5 years).**
- Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Justice for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
- Hepatitis B and the flu vaccines are highly recommended and are available at your local health clinic or through your physician.
- The following will be scheduled during the program:
- TB skin test. An additional TB skin text is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
*You must provide documentation of ALL participation requirements prior to the start of the first clinical placement.
**Foodsafe certificates can often take 4-8 weeks for delivery. Please ensure you have your official certificate before the start of the first clinical placement.
Note: Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the college barring the individual from the clinical setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical placement course and/or a clinical/community rotation.
The work environment requires demanding lifting and moving techniques and extensive hand washing. If you have back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or latex allergy you should consider carefully before making an application to this program. For the same reasons, if you have a significant health challenge you should consult with the Program Leader.
You should have basic computer literacy including experience with keyboarding and basic Internet search and email skills.
You'll participate in clinical placements that include day and evening shifts which may include weekends.