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

SPHERE Cameras

Lethbridge College showcases innovation in teaching for new semester

Skills testing - SPHERE Labs

One innovation is in the SPHERE (Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education) labs within the Centre for Health and Wellness, where video cameras and recording devices have been installed above teaching beds. Students are now able to book a time in the room and record themselves demonstrating the required skill. Once they have completed the demonstration, it is automatically uploaded to a cloud drive where instructors can download the recording at a time convenient to them.

“We purchased these cameras to help support and facilitate student learning within our lab settings,” says Sheri Wright, SPHERE coordinator. “It will enhance the students’ opportunity to achieve learning outcomes by allowing students to choose a testing time that is most conducive for their success, while also reducing anxiety around practical testing. It will also help increase capacity within our labs to support students during their practical testing.”

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.

Massage Program accreditation seal

Massage Therapy program receives a full 3-year accreditation status from the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA)

The Massage Therapy Program at Lethbridge College has been awarded a three-year accreditation, the highest level for first time approval. Having received preliminary accreditation status August 2018, the program received this stellar achievement after participating in the final CMTCA accreditation process March 2020. This marks an important and historic milestone in the massage therapy field, with Lethbridge College being the first in Alberta to receive both preliminary and full accreditation status. In addition, the first institution in a non-regulated province to receive a CMTCA accreditation status. The program would like to thank everyone who participated in the accreditation process over the past few years and invite you all to join in celebration of this significant institutional and program achievement.

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 Medical First Responder and Primary Care Paramedic
Haley Kaczmar
Robyn Bentley
Program assistant for Health Care Aide, Medical Device Reprocessing and Unit Clerk
Robyn Bentley
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
Loretta Kroker
Jan Anton
Chair for Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology
Janice Anton
Interim Chair for Massage Therapy
Brent Gaudreau
Lisa Halpen photo
Program assistant for Bachelor of Nursing and Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology
Lisa Halpen
Haley Kaczmar
Program assistant for Massage Therapy
Haley Kaczmar
Robyn Bentley
Program assistant for Practical Nurse
Robyn Bentley
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
Haley Kaczmar
Program assistant
Haley Kaczmar
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
Placement Specialist I
Lori Hatfield

Activities & Events

Key Contacts

Debra Bardock
Dean
Debra Bardock
Becky Fitzgerald
Interim Associate Dean
Becky Fitzgerald
Laura Vogelsang
Associate Dean
Laura Vogelsang
Joanne Briggs
Administrative coordinator
Joanne Briggs