New Institute for Applied Health Sciences is officially open


[img_inline align=”right” src=””]The future of health sciences education and research was front and centre as officials from the Ontario Government, Mohawk College and McMaster University officially opened a shared Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) on Friday, Sept. 15.

“This institute represents a major step forward in providing training for the high-quality health care professionals Ontario needs,” said Dianne Cunningham,minister of training, colleges and universities.

The $25.85 million, four-storey facility is a unique partnership of two health care educators. Located at the McMaster campus, it is home to 1,200 full-time and 3,500 part-time students from both Mohawk College and McMaster University.

“This new facility represents an important innovation in health sciences post-secondary education,” Mohawk College president Catherine L. Rellinger said in the atrium of the 174,000-square-foot facility. “Both Mohawk College and McMaster University are very proud of our solid record of providing excellent health care professionals to the people of Ontario.”

“The creation of this institute represents a unique partnership between a university and a community college in Ontario,” said McMaster University President and Vice-Chancellor Peter George. “This shared facility will help both Mohawk and McMaster continue to deliver excellence in health sciences education.”

The Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences provides education and training for Mohawk College students in nursing, practical nursing, personal support worker, medical imaging technology, medical diagnostic ultrasonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography, pharmacy assistant, cardiovascular technician, cccupational and physiotherapist assistant, and continuing education health sciences.

The institute houses McMaster University's School of Rehabilitation Science, which offers master's degree programs in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and clinical health sciences (rehabilitation science), and conducts research to advance knowledge in the rehabilitation field.

Both institutions share the new facility's 35 classrooms and tutorial rooms, amphitheatre, and state-of-the-art laboratories.

Photo above: Education minister Dianne Cunningham speaks at institute opening

Images from a short tour of the new institute: