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Welcome to the School of Health & Community Services (HCS) website! Here you can explore information about the different programs offered and the potential career opportunities available to you after completing your diploma.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This program will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required to effectively address two of Canada’s leading health care issues – mental health and addictive behaviours.
Animals are important members of our families and play a significant role in society. Animal care workers perform a variety of key functions in different settings to help ensure animals are cared for so they can enjoy a high quality of life.
With the rate of Ontarians living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continuing to rise, so is the need for skilled professionals who are prepared to use evidence-based interventions to support individuals, as well as their families and caregivers.
If you have an interest in human behaviour and a desire to help others improve their quality of life then this interdisciplinary program is for you.
The skills of Behavioural Science Technicians are increasingly in demand as Canada’s population continues to seek evidence-based treatment to solve a host of behavioural issues. If you have an interest in human behaviour and a desire to help others improve their quality of life, then this interdisciplinary program is...
This program is designed to prepare you to provide frontline treatment services to emotionally troubled and behaviourally disordered children and youth. The curriculum encourages self-reflective practice in which you will explore your own values, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions related to human behaviour and relationships.
Child and youth care practitioners provide support and understanding to young people and their families.
Communicative disorders assistants (CDAs) provide speech and language therapy to children and adults in addition to carrying out speech, language and hearing screenings including screenings for infants. This program, recognized by the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada, will enable you to obtain the
The modified Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities or significant learning challenges. You will access courses in many program areas (based on seat availability). It will provide you with an opportunity to experience college life and enhance your academic and vocational...
Critical care nurses are responsible for the most vulnerable patients. They have the responsibility to vigilantly monitor, assess and treat the critically ill, while providing support to their families.
If you have an interest in helping others in an oral health care setting and becoming a valued member of a dental team in your community, this may be the profession for you.
Specializing in preventive oral health, dental hygienists work collaboratively with other health professionals to provide client-centred care.
Dental receptionists and administrators play a vital role that enhances operations in the dental setting such as processing information, utilizing paper and electronic management systems, scheduling, financial records and proficient interpersonal skills.
It is estimated that about one per cent of Canada’s population has a developmental disability, requiring support from people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others through advocacy and education.
This program will prepare you to meet the diverse needs of the early childhood education profession. You will acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in children from infancy to age 12.
The Fitness and Health Promotion program will prepare you for a meaningful career that goes beyond the walls of a gym, with a focus on supporting a diverse range of populations, including clients of all ages, abilities and body shapes.
In this program, students will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide safe, effective and ethical care at the entry-level of practice within the massage therapy profession.
The collaborative nursing programs are a fully integrated partnership between the Durham College School of Health & Community Services and the Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing. This program will prepare students to meet the health-care needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Students...
Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physiotherapy assistants (PTA) work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist assisting them with treatment plans for individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling.
Personal support workers are valued members of the health-care team. As a graduate, you will have the skills required to provide assistance with daily living activities including: Assistance with medications, Household and family management, Nutrition, Palliative and restorative activities, and Personal care and hygiene.
The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare graduates who are able to meet the challenges of the expanding role of nursing in today’s society.
As a practical nurse, you will combine your knowledge, skills and judgement to provide safe, competent, ethical nursing care to meet the unique needs of all patients throughout the continuum of care.
The Practical Nursing program option for internationally educated nurses is designed for applicants with nursing credentials from outside of Canada.
The Social Service Worker program combines academic study with practical experience to provide graduates with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in the diverse and complex field of community and social services.
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