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Camosun College to offer program for radiography technologists

Dec 09 2011

Camosun College will offer a two-year diploma program for radiography technologists next fall.

Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto and MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head Ida Chong announced the new medical radiography technology diploma program Thursday while at the college with staff and students.

“This will be the first program of its kind on Vancouver Island, addressing a critical area of health care in this region and providing students with training opportunities closer to home,” said Yamamoto, in a news release.

The college will offer 16 full-time spaces for first-year students in 2012-13 as part of the college’s school of health and human services at the Lansdowne campus.

The provincial government said it is providing more than $3 million to the college for start-up costs and equipment and another $591,000 in ongoing operating funding for the program starting in 2013.

“Our investment underscores our B.C. Jobs Plan commitment to ensuring we’re training the skilled workforce we need to fill future job opportunities,” Chong said, in a news release.

Medical radiography involves the production of medical images using x-radiation. The images can be in film or digital form and can be used to detect simple broken bones to heart and brain abnormalities.

The technologist produces the images and a radiologist interprets them to help doctors make medical diagnoses.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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