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The Specialist High Skills Major in Health and Wellness

 

Health & WellnessA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Health 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.  

 

Components of a Specialist High Skills Major 

 

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. 

 

Credits Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12) College (Grades 11-12) University (Grades 11-12) Workplace (Grades 11-12)
Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit   4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
English (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Mathematics (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Science or Social Science (Including a CLA) 1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
Co-Operative Education 2 2 2 2

2. Certification and Training

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

 

Four Compulsory Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED  Infection Control Standard First Aid  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic 

 

Three Elective Certifications
Advanced Training in a Technique   Allergy Awareness   Ambulation, Lifting and Transfers   Animal First Aid  
Babysitting   Behaviour Management   Child Safety and Injury Prevention   Coaching / Personal Trainer  
Communication Skills   Conflict Resolution   Customer Service   Ethical Considerations  
Fire Extinguisher Use   Fitness   Group Dynamics   Lab Practices  
Leadership Skills  Marine and Wilderness First Aid   Medical Terminology   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention  
Personality Inventory   Safe Body Mechanics   Safe Food Handling – Basic   Sign Language  
Specialized Care   Sterile Techniques   Stress Management Techniques   SafeTALK  
Waste Management   Wrapping and Taping for Sports      

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’s post-secondary plans. 

5. Essential Skills and Work Habits

Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport. 

SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:

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

Career Pathways

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

 

Apprenticeship College
Child and Youth Worker
Early Childhood Educator
Educational Assistant  
Community 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  
University Workplace
Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist
Chiropractor
Counsellor
Dentist
Dietitian
Medical Sonographer
Midwife
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Registered Nurse
Sports Therapist  
Blood Donor Clinic Assistant
Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness Instructor
Hospital Admitting Clerk
Lifeguard
Medical Office Receptionist
Recreation Program Leader  

 

For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor or visit: www.lkdsb.net/shsm