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Health Sciences offers a comprehensive array of programs. They are developed in collaboration with local industry and national professional associations. This ensures that graduates are prepared at the highest level, thereby uniquely positioning graduates for a career in health care. Programs are reviewed frequently to ensure leading edge health education.
Health Sciences thrives on a team approach and values partnerships. Clinical support by health authorities and other clinical agencies provides students with state-of-the-art clinical experiences and education. Modern laboratory and classroom facilities coupled with exemplary classroom and clinical faculty offers students an opportunity to excel in their program of study.
Health Sciences has over 40 faculty and staff committed to student success.
Health Sciences has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that promotes student learning in a modern health learning environment.
Graduates from the three-year programs may transfer to various Canadian colleges and universities using advanced standing status.
The following programs have received accreditation by the Canadian Medical Association:
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Medical Radiography
- Primary Care Paramedicine
- Diagnostic Ultrasonography
The Respiratory Therapy Program has received Canadian accreditation by the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education.
Display objectives and admission requirements for Health Sciences programsOBJECTIVES
- To provide education in the Allied Health Sciences as considered necessary by the Government, the college, registering associations and the community.
- To graduate well trained personnel who can serve their employers and the community with the highest degree of competence.
- To develop in students the ability to freely communicate with their fellow workers in the allied health professions.
- To promote professionalism and a high level of responsibility in the student.
- To impress on students the vital importance of maintaining at all times a high level of competence in the performance of their duties.
- To foster in students the importance of maintaining up to date knowledge in their profession.
- To provide continuing education programs for graduates.
Prospective students should NOTE CAREFULLY that while the college may admit students to a program of studies in Health Sciences, the right to practice is granted only through the appropriate authority of the Province in conjunction with national registration/certification bodies.
HEALTH SCIENCES PROGRAMS EDUCATION REGULATIONS
Examinations and Promotions
- The general rules and regulations of the college shall govern, except in instances specifically covered by the following regulations.
- The faculty constitutes the examining body for all examinations. The standing of every student will be assessed at the end of each semester and will be communicated to individual students by the Registrar.
- Students have the right to appeal a decision made with respect to their promotions.
- To be promoted a student must, in addition to obtaining the requisite academic standard, complete and deliver all laboratories, assignments, and work reports as required.
- Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiography, Respiratory Therapy
- The college regulations govern promotion from semester 1 to semester 2.
- Students must pass all first and second semester courses (minimum 50%) and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00 to be promoted from the second to the third semester. Students who do not meet this standard and have not been academically dismissed under the college regulations may be readmitted to the first year of the program and repeat all deficiencies.
- Course Pass Mark
- Semester 1 and 2 for Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiography, Respiratory Therapy – 50%
- Rehabilitation Assistant, Diagnostic Ultrasonography, Medical Laboratory Assistant, X-Ray Skills for Medical Laboratory Technologists and semester 3 onwards for Medical Laboratory Sciences , Medical Radiography , Respiratory Therapy – 60%.
- Primary Care Paramedicine – 70% for paramedic-specific courses; 60% for all other courses.
- Practical Nursing and Home Support Worker / Personal Care Attendant - 65%.
- Promotion from semester 5 to semester 6 for Medical Radiography, and from semester 6 to semester 7 for Medical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Therapy. Students must have passed all courses in the previous semesters and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00 to be promoted to the start of the clinical training block.
- Promotion to the Clinical and Field Practicum training block in semester 4 and 6 for Primary Care Paramedicine. Students must pass all courses in the previous semesters to be promoted to the practicum training block.
- Students may be required to withdraw from the program at any time if, in the opinion of the Campus Administrator, they are unlikely to profit from continued attendance.
- Students enrolled in accredited Health Sciences programs will be permitted a maximum of one additional year to complete their program of studies. Students will be required to withdraw from the program at the point where completion of the program within the allowable time frame is not possible. Students will be required to reapply for admission under re-admission guidelines as outlined in the current College Calendar.
HEALTH SCIENCES PROGRAMS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Academic entrance requirements are listed separately for each program.. Before final acceptance into a Health Sciences program is granted, the applicant must also complete the School of Health Sciences Student Information and Program Awareness Form, and submit the requested documentation, including:
- Current Certificate of Conduct obtained from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or local provincial/municipal forces, including the “Vulnerable Sector Check”. Applicants with a criminal offence listed on their Certificate of Conduct may be denied admission to the School of Health Sciences.
- Student Immunization Record, providing evidence that the applicant has recieved the required vaccinations / screening tests. Completion of the immunization record will require physician’s visits, blood tests, and a TB screening test; detailed instructions are included on the School of Health Sciences Student Information and Program Aawareness Form. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all medical requirements are fulfilled, and the immunization record complete, before submission. Certain vaccinations require a series of immunizations over a period of time; it is therefore important to start the process as early as possible. The applicant is also responsible for all associated costs (vaccinations, laboratory testing, physician fees, certificate of conduct fees, etc.).
HEALTH SCIENCES CLINICAL TRAINING PRACTICUMS
All Health Sciences programs include mandatory clinical training components (practicums). Students will be assigned to affiliated hospital / clinical sites, and will be responsible for meeting the site’s pre-employment requirements. Detailed instructions will be provided by program faculty prior to the start of each practicum. Failure to meet the requirements may result in the student being denied access to the clinical site, which could, in turn, affect graduation from the program.
Students may request to complete a clinical training practicum at a site that is not currently offered as an affiliated site. In these cases the College will make every effort to accommodate the request but it is important to note that it will not always be possible to do so. A legal agreement with the requested institution must first be established, and this lengthy process cannot always be accomplished in the requested time frame. The earlier a request is made, the greater the likelihood of success.
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