Health and Wellness

Kinesiologist, child care worker, audiologist, fitness instructor, doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, youth care worker, hospital porter, and medical technician are just some of the numerous and varied occupations in the health and wellness sector.

The SHSM–Health and Wellness enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on health care, fitness, or child care and family services. Where a choice of focus areas is offered, students may select one (Ministry of Education, 2010).

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Child & Youth worker Ambulance Attendants & Other Paramedical Occupations
Early Childhood Educator Biomedical Engineering Technologist
Educational Assistant Community & Social Service Worker
Dental Hygienist or Dental Assistant
Documentation Clerk
Funeral Director or Embalmer
Health Care Aide
Hospital Information Clerk
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Secretary
Pharmacy Technician
Primary Care Paramedic
Practical Nurse
Registered Massage Therapist
Registered Orthopedic Technologist
Respiratory Therapist
University Workplace
Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist Blood Donor Clinic Assistant
Chiropractor Certified Personal Trainer
Dentist Doctor’s Office Receptionist
Family, Marriage & Other Related Counselors Fitness Instructor
Hospital Equipment Sales Representative Hospital Admitting Clerk
Kinesiologist Hospital Cleaner
Medical Microbiologist Hospital Porter
Medical Sonographer Lifeguard
Midwife Recreation Program Leader
Registered Nurse
Sports Therapist
Did You Know?

According to Health Canada, the Health and Wellness sector is the nation's third largest employer after manufacturing and the retail trade.

- Health Canada, 2005

Required Components for the Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four health & wellness major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics and business studies or science or Canadian & world studies
    • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Seven sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (five compulsory and a choice of two electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Health & Wellness Pathways Charts

Stratford Northwestern Secondary School


Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defribrillation (AED) Infection control Standard First-Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) - generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three electives from the list below
Advanted 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 & Wilderness F irst 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

* approved by and delivered under the direction of the school board's Mental Health Leader

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Health & Wellness Major (may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education credit) 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Science or Social Sciences & Humanities 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.