PRINCE GEORGE – The government of British Columbia is expanding opportunities for health education in northern B.C., marked by the opening of a physiotherapy teaching lab at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) today, built in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a commitment to provide long-term funding to the Rural Nursing Certificate Program.

The new physiotherapy teaching lab at UNBC’s Prince George campus will support UNBC’s role as the clinical hub for students in the Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC) of UBC’s Master of Physical Therapy program. The state-of-the-art lab is connected to the UBC Faculty of Medicine, allowing for distributed learning as well as local teaching. It is equipped with four large video monitors, video cameras and a full complement of physiotherapy teaching equipment, including nine plinths (assessment and treatment tables).

The first 15 NRC students were admitted this September and are currently pursuing coursework at UBC. Their first northern/rural clinical placements will start in April. The following placement sites are already confirmed: Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace, and Prince Rupert.