B.C. invests $2.5 million in BCIT Health Sciences program

Michelle de Leon/ January 8, 2020

BCIT is the first public sector institution in B.C. to offer a diagnostic medical sonography program.
(Michelle de Leon/ BCIT News)

New investments in BCIT’s Sonography and Cardiovascular Perfusion program could lead to an increase of speciality skilled professionals in B.C.’s health-care work force.

Minister of Advanced Education, Melanie Mark, says the government is answering the call of students, health-care workers and patients to have more sonography training across the province.

“We’re investing in BCIT so more students can train for dynamic and rewarding health-care careers and deliver high-quality care British Columbians rely upon.” – Melanie Mark, Minister of Advance Education

The funding will go towards purchasing necessary sonography equipment and supporting the expansion of the two health sciences programs.

Demand for ultrasounds has increased dramatically due to B.C.’s aging population, and newer technology requires more hands-on learning with updated machines.

BCIT Sonography student, Danny Zaporozan says this opportunity will mean making a greater impact on the lives of patients he will serve in the future.

“This funding empowers us, the students, to be able to learn and grow and develop our skills as sonographers using some of the best equipment in the world now.” – Danny Zaporozan, BCIT Student, Sonography program

Zaporozan feels the training in BCIT is practical and thorough, and will allow him to make a difference and be an everyday hero in his job.

An additional eight first-year seats will be added in 2020 for a cap of 48 students entering the program.

Cardiovascular perfusionists and ultrasound technicians are two health professions of high demand in the province.

The 2018 Labour Market Outlook projects 82,100 job openings in health-care by 2028.

Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to aid physicians in diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders, and to monitor pregnancies.

(Michelle de Leon/ BCIT News)