And just like that, it's May 1. Another winter term has come to a close and we're looking forward to Convocation in just over a month. A big congratulations to our class of 2015!
As some of you may know, UOIT has a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program that is offered collaboratively with Durham College. The main nursing lab is in Durham College, where a large facility replicates real-life situations to challenge nursing students in an environment where no harm will come to real patients. Students have the opportunity to practice as often as they need, to achieve mastery of complex nursing practice. The lab contains a 30 bed mini-hospital! Students must apply all of their nursing knowledge to help tend patients back to health. At the end of the four years, BScN graduates will write the entry to practice exam, the NCLEX.
The first thing I noticed when coming to explore the medical lab at UOIT is how serious they are about health and safety. The medical lab is a level two biohazard lab, and one must take many precautions when in the laboratory.
The students who use the medical labs are in the second and third year of the Health Science program. Most of the students become Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) but it is an excellent program for pre-med students. Students quickly learn their way around a medical laboratory and develop essential quality assurance skills.