Welcome from the Dean

Debra Bardock

Welcome to the Centre for Health and Wellness!

We are so pleased that you are interested in our programs. These programs are an excellent choice for people who are excited about working in the areas of health and wellness.

Every program we offer is of the highest quality. We know this because we continually review them for relevancy and for ensuring they meet the needs of our industry stakeholders –  your potential future employers.

We are committed to providing our students with the environment and opportunities to share their experiences with others, to become actively engaged, to envision the future and to create it. Our students are the agent for their education and they can build the future they want by the choices they make along the way.

Our staff are heavily invested in supporting students’ transitions as they navigate through their education pathway and beyond. They are incredibly caring, knowledgeable and most definitely dedicated to ensuring students have the highest potential for success.

Combining the high quality and relevancy of curriculum, the opportunities in applied research and instructors who are leaders in their discipline provides graduates with an excellent opportunity to successfully transition into a chosen career.

As you will experience, we are dedicated to both the academic and non-academic dimensions of a student’s post-secondary experience. We are excited to welcome each class of students who ultimately become the ones to shape our future workforce.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We’re ready to see you on campus!

Debra Bardock
Dean

Centre Spotlight

New Practical Nurse refresher course offered

Students will be ready for new opportunities when they continue their careers as a Licensed Practical Nurse. As students in this program refresh their knowledge and skills, they will be well-positioned to return to the workforce and care for others. The college’s new Practical Nurse Refresher program provides students with the education to meet the Entry to Practice Competencies required upon entry into the Licensed Practical Nurse profession, as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. Want to learn more? Go to Practical Nurse Refresher for more information.

 

 

SPHERE Team

SPHERE scores high on Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing Review - February 2021

Last academic year, the Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) area underwent both an internal review using Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results Analysis (SOAR) with CTLI, and an external review using Laerdal’s Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing (SESN). Although the SESN review focuses on nursing, SPHERE supports education within simulated spaces for many health professions (i.e. Nursing Education in Southwestern Alberta, Bachelor of Nursing After Degree, Practical Nurse, Health Care Aide, Therapeutic Recreation and Gerontology, Massage Therapy, and Primary Care Paramedic students).

Here is an excerpt from the final document of the SESN review Lethbridge College stands as one of the premier facilities that supports the education of many health professions in Canada. With strong support from Senior Administration, its exemplary staffing model, and well-equipped facilities, the SPHERE is well positioned to further increase its impact on learning outcomes and become an exemplar in simulation education within the programs it supports. This is demonstrated by an achievement of 79% to full compliance across 27 Key Simulation Program Performance Indicators. This is an exceptional result, and likely eclipses all initial Simulation Program Assessment results in North America. Since the inception of the SESN Program in 2015, average initial Assessment results ranged from 25% - 45%, further demonstrating the exemplary work that the SPHERE, its staff, and its stakeholders have undertaken to date.” Bruce Karatzoglou, Manager, Educational & Technical Services Canada with Laerdal Medical Canada.

In SPHERE, we strive for excellence, innovation, and transformational education founded on inclusivity, meaningful impact, and collective unity. We are proud of our assessment and the score; however, even more we celebrate the collaborative partnerships and initiatives many of you have participated in to help our area achieve this success. We would like to thank all programs we collaborate within the Centre for Health & Wellness (CHW), across the Lethbridge College campus, and community members. SPHERE wouldn’t be what it is today without the partnerships we have built with internal and external stakeholders, the committed SPHERE team, and our Peer Connection and Leadership Student Volunteer initiative. SPHERE, CHW leadership and instructors, and pertinent external stakeholders will put the recommendations from both reviews into action over the upcoming months.

Mike McCready

$250,000 Alberta Innovates Grant awarded for CareGiVR: Building Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care

The Centre for Health and Wellness is thrilled to be part of an exciting new applied research project called CareGiVR: Building Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care Through Immersive Education, funded through a $250,000 grant from the Alberta Innovates eXtended Reality Health Economic Acceleration and Development (xR HEAD) Program.

Lethbridge College's Spatial Technologies Applied Research and Training (START) initiative and Red Iron Labs have partnered to develop an immersive VR training platform for caregivers working with clients with dementia. Using motion and facial capture technologies, the platform will allow caregivers to interact with virtual clients and practice communication skills in a variety of highly realistic scenarios. Deb Bardock (Dean, Centre for Health and Wellness) and Mike McCready (President's Applied Research Chair in Virtual and Augmented Reality), pictured left, are lead researchers.

Schools & Programs

School of Allied Health

School of Allied Health

We offer programs that are designed to prepare students to work as professionals who are involved in the delivery of health or related services. These programs are taught by experts in their disciplines who are passionate about the profession. Each program has a work-integrated learning component where students will work alongside industry experts participating in supporting optimal client outcomes.

Chair
Nicole Forsyth
Haley Kaczmar
Program Assistant for Unit Clerk, Medical Device Reprocessing and Primary Care Paramedic
Haley Kaczmar
Laura Branston
Program Assistant for Health Care Aide
Laura Branston
School of Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences

A career in the Health Sciences provides students with the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The Health Science programs at Lethbridge College provide exceptional academic programming and innovative practicums. Highly qualified health care professionals with extensive health care experience teach our courses. Work-integrated learning experiences provide our students with instruction about to how to provide exceptional care to clients in various sites, including health care facilities and the community.

Liz Cernigoy
Chair for Bachelor of Nursing
Liz Cernigoy
Loretta Kroeker
Chair for Practical Nurse and Practical Nurse Refresher
Loretta Kroker
Jan Anton
Chair for Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology
Janice Anton
Chair for Massage Therapy
Rosemary Shannon
Lisa Halpen
Program Assistant for Bachelor of Nursing and Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology
Lisa Halpen
Haley Kaczmar
Program Assistant for Massage Therapy
Haley Kaczmar
Laura Branston
Program Assistant for Practical Nurse and Practical Nurse Refresher
Laura Branston
SPHERE

SPHERE

SPHERE (Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education) supports programs to bridge the gap between theory and practice in an evolving learning environment. SPHERE employs a variety of approaches such as using human patient simulators, task trainers and role-playing. SPHERE strives to ensure scenarios are realistic to enhance student learning while aligning with program goals.

Sheri Wright
Coordinator
Sheri Wright
Lisa Halpen
Program Assistant for SPHERE
Lisa Halpen
Placement Office

Placement Office

The Placement Office team is responsible for the effective and efficient management and coordination of work-integrated learning placements for programs within the Centre for Health and Wellness.

Bill Nykiel
Coordinator
Bill Nykiel
Lori Hatfield
Placement Specialist I
Lori Hatfield

Activities & Events

Key Contacts

Debra Bardock
Dean
Debra Bardock
Becky Fitzgerald
Associate Dean
Becky Fitzgerald
Robyn Bentley
Senior Administrative Assistant
Robyn Bentley