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Volunteer Requirements for Allied Health & Technologies programs

Acceptance into Camousn's Allied Health & Technologies programs, Certified Medical Laboratory AssistantDiagnostic Medical Sonography or Medical Radiography requires 40 hours of volunteer work in a patient-related environment

Volunteer Hour Requirements during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • We recognize that accessing volunteer activities in a "patient-related environment" may prove to be impossible while we are all complying with the public health orders and enhanced social restrictions in the BC response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.   
  • Until such time as the province achieves "Phase 4" of the Restart BC plan, all volunteer activity requirements for Allied Health & Technologies programs are exempted. 
  • Applications submitted until that time will need to include an updated version of the Physical Requirements & Program Acknowledgement form for your specific program:
  • When you sign and submit the Physical Requirements & Program Acknowledgement form, you are acknowledging the fact that without this prior experience in a "patient-related environment", some students may not identify until later in the programming that they are unsuited for these caregiving professions.
  • After the province officially announces that "Phase 4" of the Restart BC plan has been achieved, volunteer activities requirements for programs will resume where required.   

What qualifies as a "patient-related environment"?

Volunteer Hours Requirements for Allied Health & Technologies programs

  • The type of volunteer work required of applicants for Allied Health & Technologies programs is that of an "interactive" role rather than an "informational" role; interacting with patients on a more personal level. For example: reading to patients, playing games (cards, bingo, etc.), providing for their non-medical needs (assistance with wheelchairs, mobility, etc.).
  • Allied Health professionals often work in acute or complex care environments. The best environment to gain an all-inclusive sensory experience of sounds, smells and sights of complex patient interactions is within an institutional care setting.
  • Individuals having prior work experience (health care assistants, nurses, physicians, paramedics) in acute or direct patient care environments may submit a letter of recommendation form filled out by a direct supervisor confirming their role and responsibilities performed in lieu of the volunteer hours.
  • The following work experience will not qualify for this requirement: receptionist (dental, medical, veterinarian, imaging clinic, medical lab clinic, physiotherapy clinic), medical office assistant (MOA), dental assistant, life guard, day/child care staff.
  • You must submit a letter from the facility supervisor (Volunteer Coordinator) confirming at least 40 volunteer hours and the role and responsibilities performed. Some facilities may require more than 40 hours of volunteer time in order for this letter to be provided – i.e. Island Health typically requires 60 hrs.
  • Individuals living in community and providing direct care for a family member or other person of differing mental ability or physical capability may qualify for an exemption from the Volunteer Hours and should review their situation with an Applications Advisor.  Supporting documentation may be required for validation.

The volunteer hours requirement will be discussed at the information session for each program.