Health and Wellness professionals are vital members of the health management team. They relay pertinent information using basic terminology and various communication techniques to help patients and their families better understand the messages and directions they are receiving from health care professionals. Program graduates will have exceptional communication skills and are able to act as a liaison between patients and health care providers. They possess the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to interact with patients of all ages and ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

The roles and responsibilities of health and wellness promotion professionals include planning, delivering, and evaluating patient education. They may also engage in health promotion campaigns in schools, hospitals and the wider community. This role requires a high level of ethical and professional competence. 

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Employ facilitation and communication skills in a health care setting.
  2. Complete individualized learning needs assessments that take into account understanding of condition, patient and family involvement, patient characteristics, learning environment, and motivation.
  3. Design, deliver, and evaluate patient education in a health care setting.
  4. Develop and deliver an effective health education campaign.
  5. Demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of moral and legal issues related to patient advocacy and confidentiality.
  6. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in a health care setting.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in public and private hospitals, as well as in organizations that treat and/ or prevent disease and aim to reduce adverse health behaviors in patients and the wider population. Employment opportunities may also exist in private industry with corporations who wish to enhance their health services with the addition of a patient education professional.

Immunization Requirements

  1. Proof of current immunity to following diseases:
    1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    2. Varicella
    3. Hepatitis A, B (include all dates)
  2. Proof of tetanus/diphtheria booster (required every 10 years)
  3. Hepatitis C and HIV screening
  4. TB screening and BCG history – Mantoux 2-step skin testing if status unknown
  5. Chest x-ray if indicated by Mantoux skin test
  6. Yearly seasonal flu vaccination strongly recommended
Note: Students will be denied access to clinical placements without medical verification of complete immunization/screening requirements.

Entrance requirements

The entrance requirements for the Health and Wellness Promotion program are:

  1. 1. Three year diploma or an undergraduate degree in any healthcare-related field OR an undergraduate degree in Education (Secondary/Post-Secondary).
  2. 2. Obtaining the required score on the Academic English Placement (AEP) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form received within two years with an overall band 6.0 with no individual skill band below 5.5 are exempt from taking the AEP.

For score requirements on other internationally-recognized tests such as TOEFL, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. Students entering the Health and Wellness Promotion program must meet English language proficiency requirements. One of the following is required:   
    1. An overall score of 71 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Registrar’s Office. 
    2.  A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form, received within two years,  with an overall band score of 6.0  with no individual band score below 5.5