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‚Äčhealth.jpgA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within theHealth and Wellness sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from health care to fitness and health promotion, to child care and family services. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Health and Wellness possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Health and Wellness industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  ‚Äč

The Health and Wellness SHSM Program consists of five required components: 

1. Bundled Credits

Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Health and Welness sector. ‚Äč

‚ÄčCredits

‚ÄčApprenticeship (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčCollege (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčUniversity (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčWorkplace (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčMajor Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit  

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚ÄčEnglish (Including a CLA)

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‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

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‚ÄčScience or Social Science (Including a CLA)

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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚ÄčCo-Operative Education

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‚Äč2. Certification and Training

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčFour Compulsory Certifications‚Äč

‚ÄčCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C ‚Äď Includes AED

‚ÄčInfection Control

‚ÄčStandard First Aid

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic ‚Äč


‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčThree Elective Certifications‚Äč

‚ÄčAdvanced Training in a Technique

‚ÄčAllergy Awareness

‚ÄčAmbulation, Lifting and Transfers  

‚ÄčAnimal First Aid

‚ÄčBabysitting

‚ÄčBehaviour Management  

‚ÄčChild Safety and Injury Prevention  

‚ÄčCoaching / Personal Trainer  

‚ÄčCommunication Skills

‚ÄčConflict Resolution 

‚ÄčCustomer Service 

‚ÄčEthical Considerations 

‚ÄčFire Extinguisher Use

‚ÄčFitness

‚ÄčGroup Dynamics

‚ÄčLab Practices

‚ÄčLeadership Skills

‚ÄčMarine and Wilderness First Aid 

‚ÄčMedical Terminology

‚ÄčNon-Violent Crisis Intervention 

Personality Inventory‚Äč

‚ÄčSafe Body Mechanics 

‚ÄčSafe Food Handling ‚Äď Basic

‚ÄčSign Language 

‚ÄčSpecialized Care 

‚ÄčSterile Techniques

‚ÄčStress Management Techniques 

‚ÄčSafeTALK

‚ÄčWaste Management

‚ÄčWrapping and Taping for Sports  ‚Äč

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3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student‚Äôs post-secondary plans. 

5. Sector-Partnered Experience

Students will complete a sector-partnered contextualized learning experience.



SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:‚Äč

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.‚Äč

Career Pathways

The Health and Wellness SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčChild and Youth Worker
Early Childhood Educator
Educational Assistant
‚ÄčCommunity and Social Services Worker
Dental Assistant / Hygienist
Medical Laboratory Technician
Pharmacy Technician
Physical / Occupational Therapy Assistant
Practical Nurse
Primary Care Paramedic
Registered Massage Therapist
Respiratory Therapist    

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist
Chiropractor
Counsellor
Dentist
Dietitian
Medical Sonographer
Midwife
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Registered Nurse
Sports Therapist
‚ÄčBlood Donor Clinic Assistant
Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness Instructor
Hospital Admitting Clerk
Lifeguard
Medical Office Receptionist
Recreation Program Leader‚Äč

Please see your school guidance counsellor for more information.