Welcome from the Dean
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.”
$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 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
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.