Pursue a career in the Health Care field
This program is suspended for 2017 for update and review. Please check back in 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Community & Continuing Education Department at 250-561-5846.
This program is offered in partnership with Vancouver Community College. It is a four month, full-time program with the theory offered online and the practicum offered off-campus at the University Hospital of Northern BC. At the end of this program, you will be prepared to work in a sterile supply processing department.
It combines 140 hours of online theory and 400 hours of clinical experience to ensure you will understand principles related to decontamination, assembly, sterilization, storage and distribution in a sterile supply area. You will be prepared to work effectively as a team member in an organized, safe and ethical manner and communicate effectively with co-workers.
The curriculum of this program is based on the principles of problem-based learning and apprenticeship. Students are introduced to the theoretical principals and concepts of medical device reprocessing through the theory components and practical skills are developed by applying theoretical principles in a clinical setting under the guidance of an instructor.
Recommended characteristics of students:
- Good command of the English language
- Attention to detail
- Work accurately and neatly
- Practice effective time management
- Posses the ability to work in a busy atmosphere and respond to requests quickly
- Able to adjust to shift work, including nights and weekends in a hospital setting
- Grade 12 or equivalent.
- Proof of English language proficiency or English 12 or ENGL 050 or equivalent with a C+ grade or better.
- CNC's Medical Terminology (MEDT 100, CEOA 154) taken within the past 5 years of the application date, or an acceptable equivalent.
- Interpersonal Communication Skills (one of the following):
- Management Skills for Supervisors: Interpersonal Communication Skills & Conflict Resolution (CESS 151)
- Management Skills for Supervisors: Group Decision Making & Problem Solving Skills (CESS 152)
- Applied Human Relations (MGT 154)
- Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution: Workplace Focus (CEJI 121)
- Communications (DENT 162)
- You must have an absence of health problems which may affect ability to lift, stand for long periods or perform repetitive movements and an absence of allergies to substances on the skin.
- This is a physically demanding job. You must be able to lift at least 25 pounds and work in a specially designed environment.
- This program is not recommended for women who are pregnant, individuals with chronic back injuries or individuals with chronic skin conditions.
As per Northern Health guidelines, students accepted into the program must provide proof of the following updated immunizations:
- Diphtheria and Tetanus - needs to be updated if not received within the last ten years
- TB Skin Test - must be done within a year of entering the program. If the Skin Test is positive, a "negative" chest x-ray is required
- Hepatitis B Vaccination Series - must have started the series
*Immunization Form will be provided by the CNC Admissions Department to ACCEPTED students only.
February 22 - June 13, 2017
Scrubs and other equipment will be supplied by UHNBC. Student manuals will be provided by CNC.
This program qualifies for payment plans. Upon acceptance, any student wishing to apply for a payment plan must make an appointment with a Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator by calling 250-561-5846.