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The SHSM–Health and Wellness enables students to build a foundation of career-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. Schools may focus on different areas within the sector, such as on health care, fitness, or child care and family services.

The Health and Wellness SHSM is offered at Ancaster, Bernie Custis, Orchard Park, Sherwood, Sir Allan MacNab, Sir Winston Churchill, Westdale, Westmount and through the Healthcare Support Services program.

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Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Healthcare, Child Development and Gerontology, Biology, Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Introduction to Kinesiology, and Healthy Active Living
  • Three other required courses: English, Math, and Science or Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Two Cooperative Education credits in an appropriate health-related placement

Speak to your guidance counsellor or SHSM subject teachers for specific pathway courses for your school

Coop placements could include working at places like Hamilton Health Sciences, St Joseph’s hospital, physiotherapy offices, fitness centres, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, childcare centres or elementary schools.

Students may participate in coop through their home school or our board’s Healthcare Support Services program in partnership with Hamilton Health Sciences.


Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
English including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Mathematics including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Science or Social Sciences and Humanities including a CLA
May be substituted with 1 cooperative
education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 9 9 9 9


Four (4) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) infection control Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site- specific) instruction


Three (3) electives from the list below

advanced training in a technique (e.g., feeding, assistance, airway management, IV insertion) allergy awareness ambulation, lifting, and transfers animal first aid
babysitting behaviour management child safety and injury prevention communication skills
concussion awareness conflict resolution customer service ethical considerations
fire safety and fire extinguisher use fitness Food Handler Certification group dynamics
Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) lab practices leadership skills marine and wilderness first aid
medical terminology mental health awareness Mental Health First Aid non-violent crisis intervention
personal training personality inventory portfolio development project management
safe body mechanics safe food handling – basic sign language specialized care (e.g., diabetes, dementia, nutrition)
sterile techniques stress management techniques waste management wrapping and taping for performance and injury

Experiential Learning

  • Visits to local hospitals, health care clinics, and long-term care facilities.
  • Job fairs and volunteer opportunities in the healthcare sector.
  • Attending fitness training programs.
  • Job Shadowing, Job Twinning, or Short Term Work Experience with a healthcare professional

Reach Ahead Examples

  • Talks with healthcare professionals
  • Participation in a Dual credit program at Mohawk College
  • Visits to colleges and universities

Occupations in the Health & Wellness Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the arts and culture sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

Apprenticeship Training


  • Child and Youth Worker 4212
  • Early Childhood Educator 4214
  • Educational Assistant 6472
  • Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations 3234
  • Biomedical Engineering Technologist 2241
  • Community and Social Service Worker 4212
  • Dental Hygienist or Dental Assistant 3222
  • Documentation Clerk 1441
  • Funeral Director or Embalmer 6272
  • Health Care Aide 3413
  • Hospital Information Clerk 1434
  • Medical Laboratory Technician 3212
  • Medical Secretary 1243
  • Pharmacy Technician 3414
  • Practical Nurse 3233
  • Primary Care Paramedic 3234
  • Registered Massage Therapist 3235
  • Registered Orthopaedic Technologist 3414
  • Respiratory Therapist 3214



  • Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist 3141
  • Chiropractor 3122
  • Dentist 3113
  • Dietitian 3132
  • Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors 4153
  • Hospital Equipment Sales Representative 6221
  • Kinesiologist 3235
  • Medical Microbiologist 3111
  • Medical Sonographer 3216
  • Midwife 3232
  • Nutritionist 3132
  • Optometrist 3121
  • Pharmacist 3131
  • Podiatrist 3123
  • Psychiatrist 3111
  • Registered Nurse 3152
  • Sports Therapist 3144
  • Blood Donor Clinic Assistant 3414
  • Certified Personal Trainer 5254
  • Doctor’s Office Receptionist 1414
  • Fitness Instructor 5254
  • Hospital Admitting Clerk 1414
  • Hospital Cleaner 6661
  • Hospital Porter 3413
  • Lifeguard 5254
  • Recreation Program Leader 5254
Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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