Welcome from the Dean
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 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.
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.