New Sonography Program for CNC
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has announced it plans to fund a new 27-month full-time diagnostic medical sonography diploma program at the College of New Caledonia’s Prince George campus.
The plans were made public this morning and will be the first of its kind outside of the Lower Mainland (the other is at B.C.I.T.) and give students the chance to pursue a career in ultrasound.
Sixteen students are expected to graduate each year and the first intake is scheduled for September 2018 with the first graduates expected in the fall 2020.
The program will cost $2.5 million – $494,000 in annual operating funding, $400,000 for one-time start up costs and $1.5 million in capital dollars for equipment and renovations.
“Sonographers are in-demand through B.C., especially here in the North,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “We know that students often choose to live and make a home for themselves in the communities where they study.”
“Medical imaging is an area where we’ve had a lot of difficulty recruiting people,” added Dr. Charles Jago, chair of Northern Health’s Board of Directors. “So, it’s one of our hard to fill areas. Having a program here for people who live in the North and planning to stay in the North is of tremendous importance.”
Diagnostic medical sonography uses high-frequency sound waves to examine the developing fetus, heart, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels.