Health & Community Studies

Practical Nursing



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Practical Nursing program consists of theory classes, and laboratory and clinical practice experiences, culminating in a final preceptorship experience in the workplace.

This two-year College Diploma program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work as a practical nurse in the health care system and to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.

Students learn the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation tools required to provide caring and therapeutic nursing care to individuals of all age groups and social settings. The curriculum covers classroom theory, laboratory techniques, practical experience, and independent study. Most importantly, students gain hands-on experience in a variety of health care facilities and participate in clinical placements that may require evenings, overnight and weekend shift work.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who :

  • Enjoy the challenges of working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Like working with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
  • Have strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are dedicated patient advocates.

Career

Registered Practical Nurses work closely with the health care teams in a variety of community clinics, private homes, nursing homes, homes for the aged and geriatric, rehabilitative, medical, surgical, and obstetrical units.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Bachelor of Science of Nursing program at Canadian Public Colleges is offered in collaboration with the Universities in Canada, educating nurses at the undergraduate level.

Career

Employment settings: hospitals, rehabilitation centres, long-term care, health departments, community clinics, schools, private industry, government, developing countries and disaster-relief areas.

The legislated Scope of Practice for nurses from the College of Nurses in Canada from various provinces is: "The practice of nursing is the promotion of health, and the assessment of the provision of care for, and the treatment of health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative, and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function".

Personal Support Worker



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Personal Support Worker program prepares students to immediately work in a health care setting where they are making a difference in the lives of individuals who require assistance to remain as independent as possible.

This one-year College Certificate / Diploma program provides students with the knowledge and practical techniques to work as a personal care provider in a wide range of health care environments. Through a combination of theory, lab practice, and clinical/community experience, students are equipped with the skills to deliver individual care to clients of varying ages and to support their health care needs. Graduates of the program can apply to the Practical Nursing program and/or complete more specialized training.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who :

  • Enjoy the challenges of working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Like working with others as a member of a team.

Career

Graduates may find employment as personal support workers functioning under the supervision of registered nursing personnel in retirement homes and long-term care facilities, and in community health agencies.

Social Service Worker



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Social Service Worker program prepares students to work effectively with disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities in a variety of social service settings.

This two-year Diploma program prepares students to work as practical front-line service providers in a variety of social service settings. The program consists of four levels where learning occurs in both the classroom and practical settings. The curriculum includes courses in social work methods, behaviour management, social welfare systems, addictions, community development, and the humanities. To provide exposure to working with a wide range of client groups, students are required to complete field placements in various levels.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who :

  • Are mature and committed.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills.
  • Are interested in social issues, such as, poverty, homelessness, oppression, and human rights.
  • Understand the importance of successful communication with clients and community partners.
  • Are team-oriented and enjoy working with others.
  • Are able to deal effectively with stressful situations.

Fitness & Health Promotion



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Fitness and Health Promotion program provides students with the skills and knowledge to live a more fit and healthy lifestyle. This also allows them to counsel others to achieve their personal health and lifestyle goals.

This Diploma program prepares students to perform the roles and responsibilities of fitness and health consultants.

Fitness and health consultants plan, promote and deliver a wide variety of services including activity and educational programs that can enhance the health, fitness and well-being of individuals and groups in diverse settings.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who :

  • Enjoy learning about the human body and how it works.
  • Prefer a physically active lifestyle.
  • Are interested in their own personal health and how they can make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and others.
  • Enjoy hands-on work to educate and assist individuals in making positive lifestyle changes.
  • Are friendly, outgoing and like to interact with other people.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Are comfortable speaking in front of small and medium sized groups.
  • Have developed time management and personal management skills.

Career

Graduates may find employment in the retail fitness industry in a variety of settings including fitness and health clubs, YMCA/YWCA, corporate recreation and fitness programs and public and private fitness programs. Graduates may also find employment with community institutions for special populations, hospitals and municipal recreation departments. In addition, graduates may choose to become consultants or business entrepreneurs. They are prepared to meet the multi-dimensional demands of a growing market in fitness and health promotion.

Respiratory Therapy



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited to national standards with the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education, and approved by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. Respiratory Therapy is a demanding program academically, technologically and clinically, in which students must integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with that of pharmacology and technology to provide care to critically ill patients.

This two or three-year College Advanced Diploma program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education and approved by the College of Respiratory Therapists of various provinces in Canada. It is a demanding program, academically, technically and clinically, in which students must integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with that of technology to provide care to critically ill patients.

Students participate in clinical simulation which promotes critical thinking and the application of theoretical knowledge to clinical practice. In addition to developing therapeutic strategies consistent with best practice, students learn how to adapt concepts to meet the needs of patients and develop the skills to work within a team structure in a public or private institution.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who :

  • Are able to work effectively under stressful situations.
  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Possess an applied technical aptitude.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Can be self-directed in a team environment.
  • Want to work in a variety of challenging work settings.

Career

Graduates may typically find employment as staff therapists in hospitals. They work in medical and surgical wards, adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, emergency departments, and cardiopulmonary diagnostic units. Graduates may also find employment in the private sector in community care, medical (respiratory) sales, and in physicians' labs/offices or research. Some graduates may pursue post-graduate studies in such areas as polysomnography, anesthesia assistant and cardiopulmonary perfusion.

Graduates are eligible for national certification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and typically seek employment as a general duty therapist in a hospital or community setting. There is opportunity for specialization and post-diploma training.

Paramedics



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The Paramedic program will produce graduates that meet workforce needs by providing them with :

  • A solid background in the sciences and theory related to pre-hospital emergency care
  • The practical skills to deal with medical emergencies
  • Knowledge of and the ability to work in accordance with health and safety regulations and the Ambulance Act, as well as other Acts and regulations specific to the field of paramedics in Ontario
  • The theory and skills needed to communicate effectively with patients and other emergency team members.

Career

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Ambulance Services
  • Patient Transfer Services
  • Fire and Rescue Departments
  • Industrial First Aid
  • Emergency Medical Education
  • Medical Supply Sales
  • Recreational and Sports Facilities
  • Emergency Communications

Pharmacy Technician



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Pharmacy technicians are considered valued and essential members of Canada’s healthcare team. They are healthcare professionals who are able to prepare, dispense and compound medications. They also receive, order and manage inventory, interact with patients and a variety of health care providers and assist in the provision of pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services.

Career Outlook

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for a fulfilling career in community, hospital or corporate pharmacies. The market for pharmacy technicians is booming and job opportunities are plentiful.

Based on graduate employment surveys, the average starting salary for graduates is in the range of $34,500. This boasts an excellent graduate employment rate of 96 per cent.

Graduates are eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada qualifying exam for pharmacy technicians in pursuit of the Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) designation. Graduates are also eligible to complete structured Practical Training (12 weeks of supervised practice) in pursuit of the RPhT designation. Most of the Pharmacy Technician program at Canadian Colleges are accredited with the "Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs."

Program Highlights

Graduates have demonstrated the ability to :

  • Communicate effectively with patients, pharmacists, other colleagues and with healthcare providers within the scope of the profession
  • Receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbal requests accurately in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures
  • Like working with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
  • Dispense pharmaceutical products accurately, efficiently and in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures
  • Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures

Distinctive Benefits for Students

  • There is hands-on practical laboratory experience
  • Opportunity exists for work experience in community, hospital and corporate environments
  • Faculty members are experts with experience in all areas of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Students are eligible to write The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada qualifying exam for pharmacy technicians in pursuit of the RPhT (Registered Pharmacy Technician) designation
  • The program is accredited with the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs

Opticianry



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Vision for the future

A bright future, helping people to see better, can come into sharp focus for you …. This course is a full-time program where graduates enjoy a 100% placement rate with excellent job opportunities across Canada, in the US and abroad.

What's Special

A key element of success in this program is the on-site Contact Lens clinic that services the community. State-of-the-art labs and clinics at Canadian Public Colleges for this course are equipped with the most up-to-date equipment. The program's faculty have years of experience in profession. You will be exposed to all aspects of this rewarding career and be in high demand when you graduate.

Careers

In 2 years, you will learn all that's required by the optical profession, benefiting not only from the comprehensive classroom sessions, but also from the paid Co-op placements each summer. The program offers extremely flexible placement options that are available worldwide

The Opticianry Program offers a balance of theory and practical experience in the fitting of contact lenses, sub-normal vision aids and the fabrication and dispensing of eyeglasses. The hands-on skills developed in the labs are complemented by the on-the-job training gained through co-op work experience.

While the program concentrates on the expertise necessary for the fabrication, repair and dispensing of eye glasses and contact lenses, students also study the anatomy and physiology of the eye and the physical optics which affect eyewear prescriptions. There are opportunities to enhance personal growth and develop a network of employment contacts.

Upon successful completion of the academic and co-operative education semesters, students are eligible to write the provincial registration examinations which allow them, if successful, to practise in the respective Province of Canada as a Registered Optician.

Career Opportunities

Opticians are long-standing members of the health care delivery team in a field for which there is a growing universal need. Registered Opticians may dispense eyewear independently or as part of the eye care team. Consequently, many aspire to operate their own businesses. As recognized professionals under the Regulated Health Professions Act, career possibilities exist in large retail optical chains, independent dispensaries and medical clinics in Ontario and across Canada.

During co-op placements students obtain paid, full time periods of employment with a registered Optician, Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Graduates obtain full-time positions readily, and often move into managerial roles. Other employment opportunities in which our graduates have been successful include positions as sales representatives for ophthalmic frame and lens distributors, contact lens and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Future indications show steady growth for products and services consumed by people in their forties, such as eyeglasses, which also occupy a strong position as a fashion accessory. Graduates, therefore, continue to have prospects for substantial career opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Provide effective optical care that meets the professional standards and requirements for registration as a member of the College of Opticians of various Canadian provinces
  • Competently perform all aspects of dispensing eyewear, contact lenses and low vision devices
  • Educate clients and promote the benefits of ocular health
  • Work collaboratively as a part of a multi-disciplinary eye-care team
  • Function as a lifelong learner and participate in society as an informed citizen
  • Successfully function within an optical retail environment.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Canadian Colleges where this course is being offered; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with paid work experience related to their program of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experience. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar.

Canadian Public Colleges follow the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The College of Opticians, the registering body, requires one year of practical experience. This one year is interpreted as 1000 hours of dispensing experience, during which time 250 spectacles are dispensed, 100 of which would be bifocal or multifocal. Registration in Ontario requires the completion of 20 contact lens fittings, comprised of 15 soft and 5 rigid contact lenses.

Early Childhood Education



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Vision for the future

This two-year program prepares graduates to work with chil¬dren individually and in groups in a variety of early childhood ¬education settings. The program emphasizes inclusive practices, partnerships with families, principles of universal design, and evidence-based practices based on current research. Ongoing personal and professional growth is encouraged to meet national occupational standards.

The first year of study concentrates on all aspects of development in children from conception to 30 months of age. Students will develop appropriate experiences for children’s learning at differ¬ent stages. Second-year studies focus on preschool and school-aged children. Students devote an equal amount of time to theory and practice. They transfer theory to practice during practi¬cum experiences. During three practica, students may gain experience in child care centres, kindergartens, and school-age programs in the ¬community. All students also have the oppor¬tunity to observe best practices in an on-campus lab school run by early childhood educators.

ECEA – Accelerated Program

Formal Accelerated Program with direct entry into Year Two of the full-time diploma program is available to entrants who have already completed a related diploma in Social Service Work. Students interested in pursuing this option should meet with the ECE program coordinator to ensure appropriate practicum selection while in the SSW programs. Prospective entrants with degrees and unrelated diplomas will be required to complete a Prior Learning Assessment portfolio in applica¬tion for course exemptions/advanced standing consideration.

Highlights

  • Learn evidence based practices in early childhood education in an on-campus lab school.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Design and implement curriculum to meet diverse learning needs of children.
  • One-on-one faculty student mentoring relationships help students develop reflective practitioner skills.
  • The ECE program of Canadian Public Colleges consistently ranks high in stu¬dent and graduate satisfaction.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work as Early Childhood Educators in settings that include full day early learning kindergarten programs, child care centres, nursery schools, private home child care, live in/out nanny, resource centres, cruise ships and resorts.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Vision for the future

Ultrasound, or diagnostic medical sonography, is a technology involving the application of high-frequency sound waves toward patients to help physicians in medical diagnoses. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work as members of patient care teams, assessing patients and providing information to physicians for diagnoses and monitoring patients’ health status. This is a specialized vocation requiring a high-degree of technical skills and exceptional interpersonal skills. This program teaches key aspects of ultrasound technology including obstetrics and gynecology, the cardiac and vascular systems and the abdomen and superficial structures. Studies also include patient care, physics, anatomy and physiology, equipment instrumentation, quality control and performance of diagnostic scanning procedures.

The program is with theory and lab and Practicum locations might be constantly changing. All students can expect to be placed outside of Campus (including out of province) for a minimum of two 8 to 12 week rotations. Students are expected to return to College campus for classes in the second and third year of the program. These on-campus classes will provide an opportunity to integrate theory with the hands-on skills learned during practica.

To support their learning, students may be required to participate in online courses throughout their practicum and will require access to a computer with Internet access and a printer.

Your Career

Graduates find work as diagnostic medical sonographers in hospitals and community clinics.

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to write registry exams in Abdomen and Superficial Structures, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Adult Echocardiography. In addition, students will have received the foundational theory needed to enable them to work towards their Vascular Sonography credential after graduation.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. The program also works closely with our Advisory Committee to ensure that our curriculum continues to exceed provincial and national accreditation standards.

Health Information Management



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Personal health information about Canadians is being collected, recorded, reviewed, and transmitted every day. Informed decisions affecting health services can only be achieved with the best information available. The role of health information management goes beyond managing health records to managing the information contained in those records. Using computer skills and knowledge of health care fundamentals, critical medical information is translated from the patient’s health record into data following national data standards. The Health Information Management professional then interprets the data to provide comprehensive quality information for patient care, resource allocation, statistics, research, planning and education.

The Health Information Management program is two years in length and is divided into three semesters for each year. The fall and winter semesters for year one and two involve classroom instruction, some of which is in a computer lab at the College working with industry-specific software. The spring semester for year one involves a six week, unpaid practicum placement at a rural center. During the spring semester of year two, students will complete an eight-week, unpaid practicum at a large, urban center.

Due to the heavy computer component of this program, students are required to have access to a computer outside regular class time. The courses must be completed within the time frame. As some of the content is delivered in an online environment, students will be required to have a personal computer with Internet access.

Career

Graduates find work as health record practitioners and are primarily employed in hospitals.

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a Diploma in Health Information Management (HIM).

Graduates of the Health Information Management program will be eligible to write the national certification exam with the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM). After successful completion of the national exam, you will become a Health Information Management Professional (HIM professional) recognized by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).

Accreditation

This program is a Learning Outcomes for Health Information Management (LOHIM) recognized program by the Canadian Health Information Management Association.

Nuclear Medicine



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Nuclear medicine uses radioactive drugs and specialized instruments to help diagnose and treat disease and injury allowing evaluation of the function of the various body organs. Through this program, students will learn the techniques of imaging, laboratory procedures and equipment operation to prepare students to work with patients and medical staff in a nuclear medicine department.

In the first year of the program, students will undertake detailed studies in laboratory arithmetic, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, radionuclide instrumentation, nuclear medicine procedures, pathology, radiopharmacy and radiation safety. The second year involves four clinical practica in which the student will rotate through all areas of a nuclear medicine department. Current clinical practicum sites are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the Program Outline set by the College. Please be advised that full-time student status requires the student to take 60 per cent of a full course load per semester.

To support their learning, students are required to participate in online courses throughout the practicum and will require access to a computer with Internet access and a printer.

Career

Graduates find work as nuclear medicine technologists in hospitals, community clinics, private laboratories, research and teaching institutions.

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a Diploma in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Graduates from this program are eligible to access the Canadian Medical Radiation Technologies (CAMRT) certification exam which can lead to registration and employment as registered technologists in Canada.

The estimated fee to write the CAMRT certification exam is $800.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. The program also works closely with our Advisory Committee to ensure that our curriculum continues to exceed provincial and national accreditation standards.

Holistics Health Practitioner



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

Holistic health practitioners understand that the body, mind and spirit are connected in complex ways. Grounded in a variety of theoretical perspectives, holistic health practitioners share a broad view of health and wellness that addresses the multidimensionality of human beings. Only by examining the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, bio-energetic and socio-cultural dimensions of individuals can the holistic professional support clients towards optimum health and wellness.

Modalities such as Reflexology, Reiki, Herbology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming provide a specialized focus to a course of study that empowers you the student to serve as a guide, an explorer, a teacher and a counsellor to clients striving to find balance and wellness. From self-healing practices to entrepreneurship, the Holistic Health Practitioner program provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of complementary health.

Learning takes place in an environment that facilitates critical thinking and analytical skills, self-directed learning and group process skills. Expect to find an open and honest learning process that actively engages you in the process and in decisions regarding the evaluation process.

Internship

You will have unique opportunities to practice your emerging skills through :

  • Supervised public clinics
  • A Holistic Health Student Fair
  • A two month clinical internship

The internship experience is in a variety of diverse settings including women's shelters, industrial worksites, schools, chiropractic clinics and fitness centres. This internship will provide you with the opportunity to integrate your clinical skills in real-life settings. Diverse practice settings from corporate sites to integrated health centers give you the opportunity to face the challenges of a new practitioner while under the mentorship of program faculty.

As a holistic health practitioner you will work collaboratively with clients, conventional practitioners and other holistic professionals to offer a complete range of options for improving health and well-being. Whether working independently or as a partner in a clinic, your skills will be portable, allowing you to travel and experience different cultures.

With a focus on self-care practices and establishing healthy working environments, you will be able to enjoy a long, healthy and happy career.

Psychiatric Nursing



Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)

The program is designed to prepare you for entry to practice as a Psychiatric Nurse. As a program graduate, you will receive a the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma: you are then eligible to write the Canadian Registration Examination for Psychiatric Nurses and apply to become a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN). RPNs have the professional competencies required to promote optimal wellness, and to provide holistic, client-centred nursing care across the lifespan for those experiencing both mental and physical health problems. With psychiatric nursing recognized as a distinct profession throughout Western Canada as well in many other countries, RPNs are the largest group of health care professionals in the mental health field and are valued members of the multidisciplinary health care team.

You will receive extensive clinical practice experience. These experiences, which occur in a variety of settings, vary in length and are scheduled strategically throughout the program.

The program concludes with a clinical course that provides for an extended clinical practice experience in one of a variety of settings. During this time you gradually assume increasing levels of responsibility while working closely with a professional nurse preceptor and other members of a multidisciplinary health care team.

Careers

Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) are well qualified professionals and play a significant role in delivery of health services.

  • Acute, child and adolescent, forensic and geriatric psychiatry
  • Community mental health programs
  • Acute and long-term stay psychiatric facilities
  • Institution and community-based correctional facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation and vocational programs
  • Group homes and half-way houses
  • Substance abuse and addiction programs
  • Crisis teams and suicide prevention programs
  • Administration, research, personnel and staff development
  • Consulting, private practice, family therapy
  • Community programs for persons with disabilities
  • Residential and community based programs for persons with developmental handicaps
  • Social services, child services, daycares, youth centres
  • Educational facilities, counselling, special needs

Registered Practical Nurses work closely with the health care teams in a variety of community clinics, private homes, nursing homes, homes for the aged and geriatric, rehabilitative, medical, surgical, and obstetrical units.

Autism & Behavioural Science



Admission Requirement – Degree or Diploma
Tuition Fees - CDN $ 5,000 to $6,000 / semester


Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
8 to 12 months ( 2 to 3
Semesters )

Students who meet admission requirements will be excited to know that they can now branch out into the publically demanded and personally rewarding field of Autism and Behavioural Science. This program has an emphasis on how to design and implement effective behavioural treatment plans by applying and learning the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI).

Gain hands-on experience throughout the program, with open access to College’s Early Childhood Education lab school. This unique experience translates well to future employers and is a great skills-building opportunity for students prior to field placement.

Careers

Minimum employment as Instructor Therapists in the regional providers of the Autism Intervention Program; Private providers of IBI therapy to families under the supervision of licensed psychologists or Board Certified Behaviour Analysts; Autism specialists in other service agencies providing autism services; and possibly by school boards to deliver programs for children with autism.

Clinical Research



Admission Requirement – Degree or Diploma
Tuition Fees - CDN $ 5,000 to $6,000 / semester


Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
8 to 12 months ( 2 to 3
Semesters )

There is a growing need for clinical researchers in the health industries involved in the development of new drugs and therapies. Be a key part of this fast-growing segment of the health-care industry that is racing worldwide to bring new drugs and therapies to market. Design, monitor and manage clinical trials on humans for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies, as well as for research institutes and hospitals.

Graduates of Clinical Research program have gone on to work for Apotex, AstraZeneca, Bayer, GSK, Janssen-Ortho, MDS, Sanofi-Aventis, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital, Health Canada and many others.

Program

Clinical Research program has an international focus, because most companies conduct international clinical trials and current clinical processes in most countries are based on international guidelines. You will acquire the specialized knowledge and skills to become competitive in the marketplace worldwide. Courses include the drug development process; regulations, guidelines and standards; research methodology and biostatistics; clinical trial organization, monitoring and documentation; and project management.

This program is unique in offering in-depth, hands-on learning provided by faculty currently employed in the clinical research industry. The program’s advisory committee provides constant feedback regarding program development.

Work Placement

Students complete a three-month placement that provides an opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills in a real-world work setting. Most placements are in the following sectors: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices industry, government and hospitals.

Careers

This postgraduate program focuses on developing the concepts, skills and techniques required to work in the clinical research conducted in hospitals, and in the pharmaceutical, medical device or biotechnology industry. Students will acquire knowledge about design, administration and management of clinical trials, which are experimental studies conducted on human beings, testing new drugs, devices and other health products or interventions to safely introduce these on the market.

Graduates of Clinical Research program have gone on to work for Apotex, Astra¬Zeneca, Bayer, GSK, Health Canada, Janssen-Ortho, MDS, Princess Margaret Hospital, Sanofi, University Health Network and many others. The typical positions after completion of the program were: clinical research associate (CRA), clinical research co-ordinator (CRC), monitor, medical writer, pharmcovigilance specialist, clinical project management assistant and many others.

Students must complete a three-month placement that provides an opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills in a real-world work setting. Most placements are in the following sectors: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices industry, government and hospitals.

Addiction & Mental Health



Admission Requirement – Degree or Diploma
Tuition Fees - CDN $ 5,000 to $6,000 / semester


Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
8 to 12 months ( 2 to 3
Semesters )

This is a post-graduate certificate in addictions counselling. It consists of two academic semesters of 14 weeks each and one internship semester of 495 hours. These three consecutive blocks of learning will provide you with the knowledge and tools to provide quality addictions treatment for a variety of unique populations.

If you are interested in supporting people with addictions issues, then this will be the program for you! With an employment rate of 85% - 100% each year, students are respected around the world. Graduates are currently working in Asia and Europe, in the United States and right across Canada. Employers tell us that they prefer graduates of this program because of their maturity, depth of knowledge and the currency of their skills. This program has even been approved by a variety of certification boards for individuals who wish to become certified addictions counsellors in the future. Both Canadian and international boards recognize Georgian's courses as eligible for formal accreditation in the areas of substance abuse, gambling and addictions prevention.

Careers

Some students work in formal institutions like prisons and hospitals, while others enjoy a career in treatment centres, group homes and government sites. Graduates can be found in detoxes, shelters, outreach vans and on the street offering a variety of supports to users. Some graduates even choose to open private practices or work in outpatient service sites like clinics or small community offices. The options are varied and endless!

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

  • Counsel individuals, families and groups affected by addictions
  • Integrate skills and knowledge to provide client-centred treatment
  • Incorporate family, gender, relational, social and cultural considerations in treatment planning
  • Plan, implement and evaluate psychosocial educational programs
  • Advocate for individuals and for social change
  • Practise ethically, professionally and openly
  • Utilize strategies essential to being a resilient and healthy practitioner

Communicative Disorders Assistant



Admission Requirement – Degree or Diploma
Tuition Fees - CDN $ 5,000 to $6,000 / semester


Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
8 to 12 months ( 2 to 3
Semesters )

The Communicative Disorders Assistant Program prepares graduates to work in an adjunctive capacity as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates to conduct remediation programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the treatment plan.

Based on a thorough understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders, students develop programming skills and learn intervention techniques to evoke and sustain communication behaviours. In addition students become aware of vital behaviour and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of treatment.

Placed between the fall and the spring academic semesters are two eight-week competency-based field practica (January-February, March-April). These provide students with opportunities to develop and practise intervention skills in clinical settings. They often provide invaluable exposure to multi-disciplinary teams and service delivery processes for adults and/or children.

Careers

Graduates from the program find employment as supportive personnel (speech and learning technicians, speech aides, and therapy assistants) serving children and adults with communicative disorders and delays. They work in a variety of settings including children's treatment centres, school boards, public health units, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), hospitals, early years centres and private speech and/or audiology clinics. They work under the auspices and direction of qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

  • Implement remedial speech/language/hearing programs under the supervision of a speech and language pathologist or audiologist
  • Employ documentation and charting skills commensurate with practica expectations and within the scope of practice of CDAs
  • Perform routinely required maintenance procedures on therapy materials and equipment
  • Analyze the complexity and variety of factors influencing client behaviour and attitudes
  • Identify ancillary resources available to people with communication delays and disorders
  • Participate effectively as a team member employing appropriate interpersonal, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Incorporate best practices in order to perform ethically, empathically and professionally
  • Reflect on personal values, beliefs and biases in the therapeutic relationship
  • Employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession.

Quality Assurance & Quality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry



Admission Requirement – Degree or Diploma
Tuition Fees - CDN $ 5,000 to $6,000 / semester


Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
8 to 12 months ( 2 to 3
Semesters )

This program provides instruction in the concept of quality assurance in a manufacturing environment that is controlled by good manufacturing practices, quality systems, and regulatory agencies.

Take this program if you have a Degree or 3 Yr Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science. You will be introduced to the following topics and concepts :

  • Regulatory agencies
  • Documentation
  • Validation
  • Deviations
  • Corrective and preventative actions
  • Auditing
  • Inspection

Through practical training, you will learn analytical instrumental techniques, calibration of common laboratory equipment, and laboratory testing of raw materials and finished products as performed by a Quality Control laboratory.

As a graduate of this program you will have learned how to do the following :

  • Interpret the requirements for testing of raw materials, in-process samples, and finished product in accordance with pharmacopoeia compendia standards.
  • Perform a variety of Quality Control activities including developing QC policies and Standard Operation Procedures, analyzing and archiving data, and interpreting results.
  • Operate, validate, and calibrate a variety of laboratory equipment used in pharmaceutical industrial labs.
  • Assess instruments malfunction and troubleshoot analytical equipment failure in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Identify and analyze unexpected results during routine analyses and help to provide solutions based on scientific and regulatory considerations by implementing preventive action and corrective actions programs.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of U.S. and Canadian GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) requirements to the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, blood products, and natural health products.
  • Understand the concept of quality systems and compliance in the regulated industry and the role of quality assurance.
  • Understand the use of controlled documentation.
  • Review GLP, ISO 9000, and ISO 17025.
  • Prepare for and conduct internal and external audits and help prepare for a regulatory inspection.

Careers

As a QA/QC specialist you will be eligible to work in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulated laboratories or GMP regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in quality control laboratories or in quality assurance.

You will also be eligible to work in International Standards Organization (ISO) or Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulated laboratories

MRI & Spectroscopy



Admission Requirement – Degree or Diploma
Tuition Fees - CDN $ 5,000 to $6,000 / semester


Start Dates
September / January / May

Duration
8 to 12 months ( 2 to 3
Semesters )

This program was created in partnership with Canada's National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics (IBD) and several clinical facilities across Canada. It is an international educational program for qualified medical radiation technologists who wish to excel in the fast-growing field of magnetic resonance.

The program provides state-of-the-art education on magnetic resonance (MR) instrumentation, methodologies, and techniques. You will learn how to be effective in the operation of the instruments, proficient in producing high-quality images, and will contribute significantly to optimal utilization of the MR equipment.

To provide you with a quality clinical experience, some training sites may be located outside of the School. You will receive information on placement sites when you are accepted into the program.

This program prepares you to write the National Certification examinations, which is the standard set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (www.camrt.ca) and by the American Registry for Radiological Technologists.

This program is made up of two terms. The first is a 16-week didactic term, conducted at the College and the National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics (IBD). The second is a clinical term of 18 weeks, which is an unpaid clinical work experience at an approved clinical site.

The MRI and Spectroscopy program is offered as a second discipline program. If you are considering a career in MRI you should have a strong background in physics, anatomy, and diagnostic imaging procedures with an emphasis on patient care. Below is an excerpt from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists website www.camrt.ca

Introduced as a diagnostic medical imaging tool in the 1980's, magnetic resonance uses magnetism, radio waves, and computers to acquire medical images. Although still a young technology, it has become firmly rooted in medical practice, particularly for

  • Studying the cardiovascular system
  • Detecting tumours, especially in the brain and spinal column
  • Studying body chemistry and functions
  • Imaging soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, or arteries

The unique nature of this technology presents special imaging, patient care, and safety requirements. Since magnetic resonance does not involve the use of ionizing radiation, radiation protection is unnecessary. However, patients must remove any metal objects that could be drawn to the magnet. Patients with pacemakers, or other metallic implants, cannot undergo magnetic resonance scans because of the potential for damage to such devices.

Claustrophobia can be a problem for certain patients. Magnetic resonance scans require sliding the patient into a body-length tunnel - the core of the magnetic field.

As part of their professional duty, magnetic resonance technologists :

  • Explain the procedure to patients
  • Answer questions as fully as possible
  • Operate the scanner
  • Monitor patients during the scan
  • Comfort patients and provide emotional support
  • Ensure the safety of patients and staff around the magnetic field
  • Contribute to patient education

Some magnetic resonance procedures require the use of contrast agents. The image obtained from magnetic resonance scan generally appears on a computer monitor, or as a photograph or computer printout.

The CAMRT also provides information for internationally trained technologists at www.camrt.ca/certification/international/ and www.cfeep2p.com/

College will help you to obtain a clinical placement(s) for the completion of the MRI practicum. You will be given the contact information for the clinical sites of your choice and will be asked to send your resume to the sites. You will be advised of the specific criteria (e.g., academic qualifications, clinical experience, personal interview performance, etc.) used by each clinical site for acceptance of new students. The criteria will vary for each site.

You will indicate your clinical site preferences, and efforts will be made to consider these. You will be assigned your clinical placement(s) at the discretion of the program. The availability of clinical spots and the number of students in the class will determine all the clinical placements. The College reserves the right to make changes to clinical placements of students when deemed necessary.

Note : You are responsible for all additional expenses related to the clinical term, including relocation costs (travel, meals, accommodation) to clinical placement site(s).

MRI/S Potential Clinical Sites :

Alberta

Calgary - Radiology Consultants Associated & Mayfair Diagnostics
Ponoka - Alberta Health Services

British Columbia

Surrey - Fraser Health Region

Vancouver - Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Manitoba

Brandon - Brandon Regional Health Centre

Winkler - Boundary Trails

Winnipeg - St. Boniface Hospital

Winnipeg - Health Science Centre

Winnipeg - Pan Am Clinic

New Brunswick

Moncton - South East Regional Health Authority

St. John - Research De Sante Horizon Health Network

Nova Scotia

Halifax - Capital Health, Diagnostic Imaging

Ontario

Hamilton - St. Joseph’s Health Care

London - St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Newmarket - Southlake Regional health Centre

Toronto - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Toronto - University Health Network

USA

Minneapolis - Hennepin County Medical Centre

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