Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation
Major Rotary gift supports nursing education

August 10, 2020

A $100,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation Reichwald Fund will support the education of Registered Nurses (RNs) at Kelowna’s major post-secondary institutions. Okanagan C...

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Fawn Herrington and her daughter Jaden Lee
Generations of care, Human Service Work students filling sought-after profession

July 28, 2020

Though still a relative newcomer to the profession, OC graduate Fawn Herrington is passionate about her work in the social services field. After navigating the end of a job as a dental ...

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Kofoed family
Kofoed family celebrates the role of nurses

June 10, 2020

A $60,000 gift from the Kofoed family will honour a very special nurse in their life, and a generation of new nurses entering the field. Jack Kofoed, and his children Jacqueline, Leah, J...

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Therapist Assistant Students
College’s Therapist Assistant program earns new national accreditation

May 22, 2020

As career goals go, what could be more meaningful than improving someone’s quality of life? For therapist assistants, it’s more than a goal, it’s a daily reality – and you’ll find these...

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Jodi Kemp, OC Practical Nursing student
Nurses inspire nurses: OC health care students step up during time of crisis

April 8, 2020

“The community needs us.” It’s a statement that has become a rallying cry for a class of Okanagan College practical nursing students who are only weeks away from completing their studies...

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John Sokolowski holding a picture of his mother, Janina
Mother's values recognized with large gift to College

February 24, 2020

A $50,000 donation to the Our Students, Your Health campaign will recognize a mother who survived and found lessons in the horrors of Germany's concentration camps. John Sokolowski has d...

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BSN student Alley Corrado and Campaign Ambassador Maxine DeHart
Councillor gives from the heart

February 12, 2020

Kelowna City Councillor and local community champion Maxine DeHart is giving a gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day. DeHart is donating to the Our Students, Your Health campaign, whi...

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Health Care Assistant students
College spotlights health care assistant training across the region

February 4, 2020

Amid surging demand for health care assistants (HCAs) across the Southern Interior, Okanagan College and Interior Health are spotlighting training opportunities in February. The College ...

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Pushor Mitchell Awards
Pushor Mitchell invests in mental health

January 28, 2020

Pushor Mitchell is donating $30,000 to aid Okanagan College students who in their careers will support people facing mental health issues, homelessness and community isolation. The law f...

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Health and Social Development

Careers in health care and social development provide a meaningful way to meet the needs of families and communities. The Okanagan region’s population and demographics provide diverse learning opportunities in a range of fields. Practical-oriented programs prepare students for careers in health and social development settings, including hospital and community nursing, long-term care, home care, social services, non-profit societies, children’s daycare and more.

Our students, your health

Health Sciences Centre fundraising campaign kicks off to support student learning and construction underway.

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Certified Dental Assistant instructor Joanne Gibbons-Smyth uses technology in her innovative approach to teaching.

Nursing program recognized

The innovative curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing between OC and UBCO is turning heads.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

In Years 1 and 2 of the undergraduate degree,  you dive into integrative and holistic nursing classes that combine theory, lab and nursing practice in state-of-the-art facilities to become a high-level critical thinker and practitioner. 

Certified Dental Assistant

Our department provides education and training required for registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. The certificate program is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Early Childhood Education

Professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education are committed to caring for all children within the contexts of both the family and the community. Child caregivers are trained to understand the developmental needs of children from birth to age twelve. 

Health Care Assistant

Training provided in this certificate program prepares you for a health-care career responsible for providing direct client care. This includes assistant clients with daily living such as daily personal hygiene, nutrition and mobility.

Human Kinetics / Kinesiology

Study health and exercise sciences to become a community leader in sport, recreation, fitness and wellness.

Human Service Work

 Build and maintain healthy relationships and increase inclusion for vulnerable individuals within your community.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians are allied health-care professionals trained to perform administrative, clerical and pharmacy-related tasks under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

Practical Nursing

Learn hands-on person-centred care as you become a leader in health care.

Therapist Assistant

Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Recreational Therapists require staff to help with the wide range of client needs in rehabilitation. 

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Nursing program at OC and UBCO recognized for innovative curriculum

October 1, 2019

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College has received long-term accreditation from the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP), w...

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Therapist Assistant Diploma
Therapist Assistant Diploma
Help improve people’s quality of life through rehabilitation programs supervised by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Recreation Therapists. Learn how to set up body movement programs, exp...
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Kinesiology Diploma (previously Human Kinetics Diploma)
Kinesiology Diploma (previously Human Kinetics Diploma)
Study health and exercise sciences to become a community leader in sport, recreation, fitness and wellness.
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Early Childhood Education - Infant Toddler Certificate
ECE - Infant Toddler Certificate
Build upon your experience working alongside children with advanced training in the care of infants and toddlers. 
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Years 1 and 2)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Years 1 and 2)
Dive into integrative and holistic nursing classes that combine theory, lab and nursing practice in state-of-the-art facilities that help you develop into a high-level critical thinker and practitione...
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Certified Dental Assistant Certificate
Certified Dental Assistant Certificate
Do you want to work alongside a dentist? This program provides the education, training and experience required by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. for registration as a Certified Dental Assistan...
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