Camosun celebrates new Medical Radiography program and facilities
October 9, 2012
Camosun's School of Health and Human Services celebrates the official opening of its new Island Medical Radiography Technology (MRT) program and facilities at the Lansdowne campus, October 9.
The 24-month program started in September 2012 with a class of 16 full-time students, most of them from Victoria and up-island. It is the only Medical Radiography program on Vancouver Island. The new curriculum was developed in collaboration with BCIT and the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.
"This is very exciting for Island students and for Camosun College," says Dr. Barbara Herringer, Dean of the School of Health & Human Services. "There is no doubt the program is challenging, but Camosun is known for excellent teaching and wonderful learning services. Our MRT graduates can anticipate rewarding, quality careers in health care when they complete their Camosun MRT diploma."
Camosun's new program and state-of-the-art medical imaging labs and classrooms were funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology. "Congratulations to Camosun College on its new Medical Radiography program and facilities," says Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Ida Chong. "The work that medical radiography technologists do each and every day is critical, and as part of our Families First Agenda, we're committed to making sure all families in B.C. have access to quality health care."
Medical radiography technologists use computer generated images to help health care teams make medical diagnosis, from simple x-rays for broken bones to more sophisticated examinations used to detect heart, blood vessel or brain abnormalities.
During training, Camosun students receive intensive theoretical and practical instruction through lectures, labs, online courses, as well as practical experience in the clinical environment. Students are expected to act as surrogate patients to learn positioning techniques, as well as interpersonal skills. Clinical practicums occur within hospital sites throughout the province and provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge learned throughout the curriculum. Camosun students are studying radiographic sciences, human behavior, anatomy, physiology, pathology, patient care, physics, clinical procedures, ethics, and interprofessional health care practice.
Dean Herringer, along with Camosun President Kathryn Laurin, Minister Ida Chong, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and MRT students and faculty, cut the ribbon on the new facilities, October 9. Two fully equipped, leading-edge radiography labs and a high tech "smart" classroom have been added on as the south wing of the Wilna Thomas Building at Lansdowne campus.
Dr. Barbara Herringer
Dean, School of Health and Human Services
Last updated: October 15, 2012 3:02 pm