SHSM Overview

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
  • As part of the Health and Wellness SHSM, students will:
    • Gain knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, immunology, and human development
    • Learn and understand the diverse needs of children and elderly
    • Develop fundamental skills used in healthcare including: patient assessments, vital signs, and communication techniques
    • Develop an understanding and appreciation for communication techniques that enable them to provide psychosocial care to their clients
    • Recognize the diversity of the careers in healthcare and understand the roles that each play as a component of a collaborative team in patient care
    • Understand and incorporate infection control standards into practice in the classroom and in several experiential learning opportunities
    • Obtain certifications in: First Aid/CPR-HCP, Infection Control, WHMIS.  Other certificates include medical terminology, conflict resolution, back safety, mental health etc.

Course Package
Students in the Health and Wellness SHSM will complete:
- Three (3) healthcare courses 
- Courses in biology, chemistry, and/or physics 
- One (1) math credit
- One (1) English credit
- Two (2) co-op credits


Who would be interested in the Health and Wellness SHSM?
  • This program provides focused teaching to cover the interests and designations of the enrolled students.  Through co-op placement, job shadowing, and reach-ahead experiences, the student has the opportunity to explore a career in healthcare.
    • Dentistry
    • Medicine
    • Veterinarian
    • Nursing
    • Paramedic
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Personal Support Worker
    • X-Ray technician
    • Physiotherapy
    • Etc.