SHSM Health Care

What does this program offer?

The SHSM Health Care program offers students the opportunity to explore the world of healthcare and medical technologies while in high school. Through in-class learning and health focused knowledge, students develop skills that will serve as a building block to future careers in the medical field.

Health Care Courses

Grade 9 - Exploring Technologies

Grade 10 - Health Care

Grade 11 - Health Care

Grade 12 - Health Care; and, Child Development & Gerontology

Meet our Team

Jennifer De Jager

Suse Ferreira

Health Care Program Overview

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 the 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.

Health Care Course Package

Students in the Health and Wellness SHSM will complete:

    • Three (3) health care 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, students have the opportunity to explore a career in the health care industry.

    • Dentistry

    • Medicine

    • Nursing

    • Paramedic

    • Personal Support Worker

    • X-Ray technician

Interested in applying to the Health Care SHSM Program?

Complete these three steps:

  1. Students must apply for SHSM programs in grade 10

  2. Go to myBlueprint and indicate interest in the program at MD

  3. Print and complete the SHSM Application, which include:

    • Cover Letter

    • Resumé

    • Attendance Record

    • Credit Counselling

    • Teacher References

4. Email Ms. Ferreira and/or Mrs. de Jager to set up an interview date and time - you may do the interview in a small group


Milton is the first secondary school in Canada to have ALEX, our patient care simulator. ALEX can see, listen, and talk and includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to help our students experience real life patient assessments.

Grade 9 - Exploring Technologies


Prerequisite - None

Curriculum Document

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts related to health care. They examine personal health promotion, adolescent health issues, and medical services in their community. New and developing medical technologies are also explored in this course.

  • Adolescent nutrition awareness

  • Sleep Analysis

  • Health Care Careers

  • Canadian contributors to health care

  • New and emerging biomedical technologies

Grade 10 - Health Care


Prerequisite - None

Curriculum Document

Students are introduced to the Canadian health care system and the human body by exploring topics that include:

    • Current events in health care

    • Conventional, complementary, and alternative medicine

    • The Chain of Infection, infectious diseases, and personal protective equipment (PPE)

    • First Aid/CPR

    • Nutrition: Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

    • Mental Health and abuse

    • Anatomy and Physiology:

      • Skeletal System

      • Muscular System

      • Nervous System

      • Cardiovascular System

      • Respiratory System

Students learn various health care skills that include:

    • Patient assessment/communication techniques

    • Vital Signs

    • Medical documentation (first aid report)

    • Donning/doffing PPE

    • First Aid/CPR

Grade 11 - Health Care


Prerequisite – None

Curriculum Document

Students further examine the Canadian health care system as it compares to other systems around the world and the human body is studied in more depth through topics that include:

    • Health care careers

    • Legislation: RHPA

    • Medical ethics

    • Conventional, complementary, and alternative medicine

    • The Chain of Infection, infectious diseases, and personal protective equipment

    • (PPE)

    • Medical terminology/abbreviations

    • Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology:

      • Integumentary System

      • Skeletal System

      • Muscular System

      • Nervous System

      • Cardiovascular System

      • Respiratory System

      • Digestive System

      • Lymphatic System

Students learn various health care skills that include:

    • Patient assessment/communication techniques

    • Electrocardiogram

    • Auscultation

    • Neurological Assessment

    • Cardiac Assessment

    • Vital Signs

    • Medical documentation (Ambulance Call Report)

    • Donning/doffing PPE

    • Patient positioning/transferring

    • Range of Motion Exercises

    • Dissection: chicken foot

Grade 12 - Health Care


Prerequisite - TPJ3C/M

Curriculum Document

In this course, students focus on the immune system and infectious diseases. Students examine epidemics, study infectious control measures, and learn techniques to break the chain of infection. Students participate in a coordinated school-wide epidemic that provides them an opportunity to examine epidemiology.

  • Health Care Terminology

  • Communication and Documentation

  • Medical Ethics

  • Microorganisms and the Chain of Infection

  • The Immune System

  • Infectious and Autoimmune Diseases

  • Diagnostic Testing

  • Pharmacology


  • Hand-washing

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Sterile Technique

  • Vital Signs

  • Triage

  • First Aid

Child Development & Gerontology


Prerequisite - None

Curriculum Document

Students will examine development from infancy to mature adult (elderly). They will explore factors that contribute to health and well being throughout the life cycle and focus on various childhood and geriatric diseases. Students will have an opportunity to further develop their personal care skills at Allendale Long-Term Care Centre in Milton.

  • Developmental Theories

  • Childhood and Elderly Diseases

  • Nutrition and Dietary Needs

  • Mobility Issues and ambulatory aids

  • Social and cognitive needs

  • Childhood and Elderly Abuse

  • Death and Dying

  • Vaccinations

  • Safety Needs for children and the elderly

Students learn various health care skills that include:

  • Feeding, bathing, oral care, and dressing of children and the elderly

  • Vital Signs

HOSA Canada

HOSA Canada is the largest student organization in North America with a focus on health education. Each year, there is a two-day competition which provides students interested in pursuing a career in health care the opportunity to compete in various medical events, attend lectures and workshops, and collaborate with students from across Ontario who share similar interests.

Our Health Care SHSM students competed in HOSA for the first time in 2019 Spring Leadership Conference. Students competed in 12 events ranging from dental science, medical terminology, biomedical laboratory science, forensic science, and pathophysiology to name a few. We are thrilled to announce that eight (8) students in five (5) events made it to round two (2) where they had the opportunity to demonstrate their medical skills.