Health & Wellness SHSM

Sector profile

The demand for professionals in the Health and Wellness sector in Ontario and across Canada is increasing as the age of our population increases. As such, this sector has both a wide variety of career opportunities and employs close to 2 million people across Canada. Kinesiologist, child care worker, fitness instructor, doctor, nurse, veterinary technician, hospital porter and medical technician are just some of the numerous occupations that the SHSM Health and Wellness program prepares students to pursue.

Program requirements

In the Health & Wellness major, students will take 9 credits in grade 11 and 12:
  • 4 Health & Wellness major credits
  • 1 English credit (Grade 11 or 12)
  • 1 Math credit (Grade 11 or 12)
  • 1 Science/Social Sciences credit (Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 co-operative education credits to gain workplace experience that helps you refine, extend and practice your Health & Wellness knowledge and skills
Additionally, students will have opportunities for
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach-ahead activities in Health & Wellness
  • Certifications and training programs in health and wellness, including:
    • 4 compulsory certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS (generic), CPR (Level C) with AED, infection control
    • 3 additional certifications and/or training courses as specified in the sector-specific guide
  • Engaging with a sector partner to explore sector-related content, skills, and knowledge involving either ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, or mathematical literacy.

Future career paths

For Health & Wellness majors, possible career paths include:

  • Apprenticeship – early childhood educator, child and youth worker, educational assistant
  • College – paramedic, dental hygienist, pharmacy technician, practical nurse, athletic trainer
  • University – audiologist, dentist, dietician, pharmacist, kinesiologist, registered nurse, doctor, physiotherapist
  • Entry level workplace –  certified personal trainer, lifeguard, hospital admitting clerk, doctor’s office receptionist

Get more information

Call the guidance department at the following schools that offer the Health & Wellness SHSM program:

  • All Saints High School – 613-271-4254
  • Holy Trinity High School – 613-591-9955
  • St. Matthew High School – 613-837-3161
  • St. Mother Teresa High School – 613-823-1663
  • St. Patrick’s High School – 613-733-0501
  • St. Pius X High School – 613-225-8105