Applied learning in full simulation mode
Hands-on learning improves with new Health and Public Safety labs
It has the feel of an apartment on a Hollywood set - one way glass and cameras at all angles - but it's really applied learning at its finest.
The apartment space is one of four new labs designed specifically to enhance the training for SAIT students in the Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant (RHT) program.
The 425 square metres of new facilities also includes a physiotherapy room which can mimic a physiotherapy department or a hospital ward room, an occupational therapy lab - which can double as a classroom - with kitchens and a bathroom where students can practice instructing patients on how to use devices and equipment.
There is also a full equipment/laundry room where the students will organize, maintain and track the use of medical equipment as they will in industry.
An innovative learning process
Patricia Reader-Downey, Academic Chair with the School of Health and Public Safety, says these facilities will better train students for the real life scenarios they will face in the workforce.
"Providing state-of-the-art simulation labs give us an opportunity to be tremendously creative with the teaching and learning for students," says Reader-Downey.
"The apartment is real life. The doorway isn't set up for wheelchairs and all of their equipment might not fit. Students will have to problem-solve how to adapt their skills and instructions to a real-life situation."
The apartment is also designed with one-sided glass and cameras so instructors can watch a scenario unfold while the students immerse themselves into the real-life experience.
Maximizing the space
The RHT students aren't the only ones who will be training in the new spaces this fall.
The simulated apartment will be used by Emergency Medical Responder, Technician and Paramedic students, while the kitchen facilities will host students in the Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles program.
"They will be testing and adapting recipes for things such as gluten-free and lactose intolerance."
A program in high-demand with a 100 per cent graduate employment rate, an additional 12 seats have been added to the RHT program to help support industry.
SAIT is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, the Top Research College in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.