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Health and Wellness SHSM

The SHSM Health andWellness program offers students the opportunity to explore topics and issues related to child care and family services, health care, leisure and recreation, and fitness, leadership and sports . A minimum 3% increase in jobs in these areas is expected in this area in the future. Present job and experiential learning opportunities are available in early childhood education, child and youth and other related counselling, medical, fitness and leisure and recreation sectors within the eastern Ontario area. The SHSM will provide valuable opportunities for students to focus their learning, obtain valuable sector related skills, achieve their diploma requirements, and support success in their future endeavours.

The following information is from the Ministry of Education website

What will students in the health and wellness major study?

  • A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits in which students earn:
    • Four health and wellness major credits
    • One English credit, one math credit and one science course tailored to include units focused on health and wellness
    • Two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector
  • Certifications and training programs/courses in first aid, CPR, infection control and hazardous materials
  • Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector

What are the future career paths for health and wellness majors?

Possible careers include:

  • Apprenticeship - early childhood educator, health care aid, registered massage therapist
  • College - ambulance attendant, dental hygienist, pharmacy technician, registered nurse, athletic trainer
  • University - audiologist, dentist, dietician, pharmacist, kinesiologist, sports medicine doctor
  • Entry level workplace - certified personal trainer, lifeguard, hospital information clerk, doctor's office receptionist
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