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New education opportunities for kinesiology graduates

By CJ Goater Apr 22, 2024 | 1:41 PM

Lakehead University's Thunder Bay Campus (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)

Confederation College and Lakehead University have signed an agreement that allows students who complete an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology or Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at Lakehead to receive advanced standing in Confederation’s Paramedic or Medical Radiation Technology diploma programs.

Advanced standing allows LU graduates from either of the kinesiology programs to bypass a few classes or more likely a semester in either of the partnered Confederation programs.

“This program not only meets the urgent demand for paramedics in the region but also incorporates vital field experience, allowing students to gain hands-on learning in real medical situations,” said Shane Strickland, Dean of Health, Negahneewin, and Community Services at Confederation College.

Strickland added that the paramedic program is recognized as a priority by the Government of Ontario, with students eligible for the Ontario Learn and Stay Grant, which covers the cost of tuition and books for students who commit to serving in the region post-graduation.

The Medical Radiation Technology program prepares students for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists certification exam.

Graduates can find careers in diagnostic imaging across hospitals, clinics, and various medical settings. “Our programs are meticulously designed to ensure graduates are not just qualified but are ready to excel in their professional roles,” Strickland added.

Lakehead University kinesiology graduates will be positioned to seek a career in both health program areas by utilizing this pathway program.

“This partnership not only acknowledges the value of prior learning, optimizing health care education pathways, it also actively reduces barriers to student mobility within Northwestern Ontario,” said Lakehead University’s Associate Vice-Provost, Dr. Michel Beaulieu. “With the Support Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, the development of these two pathways is another example of how our two institutions working together benefits all of Northwestern Ontario.”