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

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.

The Last Word

Wider Horizons - The Last Word

For Nursing and Primary Care Paramedic students, the Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) lab is a place to put theory into practice. This essential life-like learning is made more memorable with support from some of the 151 volunteers, who help bring simulations to life. Click on the link to Wider Horizons' "The Last Word" to read what a few of them had to say about the experience.

Alberta Government

HCA Provincial Approval

The Centre for Health and Wellness received approval from the Alberta Government Ministry of Health to deliver a new Health Care Aide provincial curriculum starting Fall 2020.

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
Haley Kaczmar
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
Lisa Halpen photo
Program assistant for Bachelor of Nursing
Lisa Halpen
Chair for Practical Nurse
Loretta Kroker
Haley Kaczmar
Interim Program assistant for Practical Nurse, Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology, Massage Therapy
Haley Kaczmar
Jan Anton
Chair for Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology
Janice Anton
Interim Chair for Massage Therapy
Brent Gaudreau
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
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 and the Centre for Justice and Human Services.

Bill Nykiel
Coordinator
Bill Nykiel
Office assistant
Shannon Bilick

Activities & Events

Happy 50th anniversary!

Happy 50th anniversary!

We kicked off the celebrations for our 50th Nursing anniversary at Coulee Fest in September. There was an anniversary reception in February, plus a wrap-up Zoom event in May to coincide with the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and National Nursing Week.

convocation wordle

Congratulations to our Convocates!

Although they did not don a cap and gown and walk across the stage, at this time, the world is their stage. 
And they are ready! We are so proud of each and every one of them.

Key Contacts

Debra Bardock
Dean
Debra Bardock
Janet Yorke
Associate Dean
Janet Yorke
Laura Vogelsang
Associate Dean
Laura Vogelsang
Joanne Briggs
Administrative coordinator
Joanne Briggs