A HEALTHY EDUCATION FROM CANADA’S ONLY POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

The health and wellness sector in BC, and across Canada, is continuing to see ongoing growth, development, and evolution meaning there’s a steady need for qualified and trained individuals working in the field. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has been providing students in Metro Vancouver with an unparalleled educational experience, preparing learners to parlay their education into an in-demand role in health and wellness. 

The health and wellness sector in BC, and across Canada, is continuing to see ongoing growth, development, and evolution meaning there’s a steady need for qualified and trained individuals working in the field. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has been providing students in Metro Vancouver with an unparalleled educational experience, preparing learners to parlay their education into an in-demand role in health and wellness.

KPU is actively engaged in health and wellness research with many members of the university community working on assorted projects, applying their findings to real-world situations and creating and implementing supplementary tools and resources as a result. Together, students and faculty have explored the pressing issues like the opioid crisis, domestic violence, gender and sexuality, links between diet and depression, and numerous other thought-provoking topics that are crucial to health and well-being. Many of these research projects have also created opportunities for community collaboration with relevant professional organizations and the breadth and depth of research being done continues to grow. It allows for meaningful engagement and reflection and ensures programs and courses align with the skills necessary for success in the workplace.

“The only school I wanted to go to for nursing was KPU” says Shauna Remin, a graduate of the university’s bachelor of science in nursing program. “It was home to me. It was hands-on and I wasn’t sitting in a lecture hall with 200 other students.”

As Canada’s only polytechnic university, KPU’s instructors bring a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom, ensuring students are confident and ready for work in a variety of settings. The university utilizes advanced simulation technology and lab spaces where students are presented with countless opportunities to develop their skills.

“There’s a certain level of preparedness you want to feel as a nursing student before you start working with clients and patients” says Laura Morgan, a KPU psychiatric nursing grad. “Every semester I was taking what I had learned and applying it in clinical. Instructors were always immensely supportive and all of my practical experience in the program allowed me to develop and hone the communication skills I use regularly now.”

Adapting to a changing healthcare landscape, KPU also became the first public post-secondary institution to offer studies in traditional Chinese medicine-acupuncture. The university’s Richmond campuses houses the unique program and accompanying acupuncture clinic and graduates of the program are able to go on to pursue licensing as traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.

KPU is committed to showing all students what is possible. With five campuses throughout Metro Vancouver offering over 140 programs in seven distinct faculties, there’s something for everyone. Discover more at Kwantlen Polytechnic University: where thought meets action.

 

 

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