TRU gets funding for increased access to health care studies

Those studying health care in the British Columbia Interior will be getting a boost soon thanks to additional funding for post-secondary education and training for health professionals.

Thompson Rivers University has received $395,000 to provide clinical refreshers and fast track training for respiratory therapists who may care for critically ill patients.

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An additional $800,000 will fund cohort-based anesthesia assistant training and enhance a program for licenced practical nurses who wish to further their education with a bachelor of science in nursing.

“For years, British Columbians have been calling for more trained health professionals in their communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

“We heard that call to action and we’re investing in valuable, in-demand training in every corner of the province so that students preparing for careers in health care, or health professionals upgrading their skills, are able to provide quality health care when and where it is needed.”

“TRU is pleased to partner with the province to provide these additional training opportunities,” said Brett Fairbairn, TRU president. “Our graduates go on to work in various health settings, from care homes to hospitals, and we are extremely proud of the resilience they have shown during this pandemic.”

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Okanagan College has also received funding under this program.

In total, the Province is investing more than $4.4 million for a variety of health profession-related education and training at B.C. post-secondary institutions this year, including British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College, Coast Mountain College, College of New Caledonia, North Island College, and Vancouver Community College.

“We are committed to training, recruiting, and hiring a new generation of health-care professionals at all levels, including respiratory therapists and critical care nurses, who are vital members of the health care team,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

“Respiratory therapists and nurses working with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have a high-risk role because of their hands-on work treating patients with breathing difficulties and I thank them for all they do.”

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