Accreditation means everything when it comes to post-secondary institutions, which is why Okanagan College’s therapist assistant diploma program is riding high these days.
The program, which has been offered at the college for nearly 30 years, recently received full accreditation from the national body of three therapist education organizations.
“What is most rewarding about this accreditation is that the evaluators studied every aspect of how we educate our students, how we collaborate with other departments at the college and how strong our relationships are with our community partners, who in turn work with us to provide clinical placements for students,” program chair Jennifer Stephenson said in a press release.
“It’s an evaluation of every facet of the program and every person it impacts, from students to partners to our clients and patients in the community.”
The accreditation, which is effective until April 2025, was the culmination of months of work by the college’s instructor team. It means the program carries much more weight when it comes to attracting students.
“This accreditation demonstrates that our program is aligned with the very latest practices and standards of care,” dean of science, technology and health Yvonne Moritz said. “It affirms that we are delivering the highest quality education, which translates to the highest quality care for people in the community. That in turn gives our students confidence knowing that when they graduate, they are going to be looked upon by employers as well-trained, ready to go, and they are going to be in demand.”
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