March 8, 2004: Rehabilitation Assistant program launched

      March 8, 2004
      Contact: Judi Moscovitch
      Tel: 604.986.1911, local 2200

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano College has developed a new program that will provide B.C.’s health care system with dual trained support personnel to deliver quality cost-effective services.

      The two-year Rehabilitation Assistant diploma program begins in September and will train workers to support several professional groups in the areas of gerontology, neurology and orthopaedics. It will be the only program in B.C. that will include coursework to support speech-language pathologists and audiologists for adults.

      Rehabilitation assistance can be carried out in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, extended care facilities and in communities. This program will provide employers with an employee that is trained in several disciplines, rather than in just one.

      “Flexibility for the employer is increased when RAs are trained across acute and extended care services as well as across multiple professional disciplines,” says program instructor Judi Moscovitch.

      Moscovitch adds that future transferability into university level programs from the diploma level is occurring in parallel to the shift to master’s level entry education for occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

      “Our diploma program begins at the same time as the University of British Columbia’s new master’s program for physiotherapy and occupational therapy,” she says. “The RA program will include professional foundations in assisting both occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

      “Rehabilitation Assistants will work in both the public and private health care system anywhere that occupational therapists, physiotherapists or speech-language pathologists and audiologists work. For example, an RA may help with people who are discharged to a rehabilitation centre following stroke or spinal chord injury. In private practice, an RA may work with people following work injuries to assist the client in exercising, work simulation activities and a gradual return to work.”

      Starting salaries for a rehabilitation assistant range from $16 to $21 per hour. Only 25 students will be admitted into the two-year program at Capilano College. Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, April 14, Monday, April 19 and Monday, April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cedar building, room 135. Please call 604.986.1911, local 2200 to receive program information before attending an information session.

      For more program information, contact Judi Moscovitch at 604.986.1911, local 2200, or Diane Koch at 604.986.1911 local 2209.

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      For more information, contact Judi Moscovitch at 604.986.1911, local 2200.