Vancouver Island’s first diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program at Camosun College means reduced waitlists for students and patients on southern Vancouver Island.
It also means better access for patients and easier access for students to train closer to home for in-demand jobs.
Diagnostic medical sonographers are in demand in B.C. These health care professionals take images of and assess unborn babies, organs, tissues, and blood flow inside the body, providing key diagnostic information to doctors about a patient’s medical condition.
The Province is investing $1.4 million to support the development, launch and delivery of the DMS program at Camosun College’s Interurban campus. The first intake of 16 students will take place in May, 2020. The next intake in 2021 will double the number of students to 32 in the two-year program. The government also provided $4 million in capital funding for equipment and to create lab and classroom space to accommodate the new program in the recently opened Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness.
Until this year, sonography was only offered at BCIT’s Burnaby campus. In January 2019, the provincial government announced a sonography program expansion at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Combined with this announcement, the government has doubled the number of sonography seats in the province.
- With this announcement, diagnostic medical sonography will be available at three public post-secondary institutions in B.C. The program is not offered at any private institutions in the province.
- According to the B.C. Labour Market Outlook 2018, sonographers are a high-demand occupation.
- In 2018, B.C. had approximately 740 sonographers, and there are an estimated 370 sonography job openings expected between 2018 and 2028.
- The median wage rate for sonographers is $37.11 an hour. The top 10% of sonographers earn $48.56 per hour.
- The 8,826 square-metre (95,000 square-foot) Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness at Camosun College’s Interurban campus was officially opened in September 2019 and features state-of-the-art learning and educational facilities.
For more information about the program, visit: camosun.ca/sonography