SHSM Health and WellnessHealth & Wellness
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Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Health & Wellness SHSM

Students in this program will gain insight into the incredible world of anatomy, physiology, and human development! They will develop and practice fundamental skills in this field, which may include assisting with daily living activities, taking vital signs, crafting exercise programs, and promoting healthy lifestyle activities. As students learn about the scope of positions and career paths within this sector, they will become immersed in the collaborative process of creating health and wellness plans for diverse groups of people.


What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Early childhood educators 
  • Educational assistants 
  • Social and community service workers 


  • Correspondence, publication, and regulatory clerks 
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists 
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Funeral directors and embalmers 
  • Health information management occupations 
  • Licensed practical nurses 
  • Massage therapists 
  • Medical administrative assistants 
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants 
  • Medical laboratory technologists 
  • Medical sonographers 
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates 
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services 
  • Paramedical occupations 
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists 
  • Social and community service workers 


  • Allied primary health practitioners 
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 
  • Chiropractors 
  • Dentists 
  • Dietitians and nutritionists 
  • Family, marriage, and other related counsellors 
  • Optometrists 
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating 
  • Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment 
  • Pharmacists 
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 
  • Specialist physicians 
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 

Work Experience

  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates 
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services 
  • Personnel clerks 
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness 
  • Receptionists 
  • Specialized cleaners 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Health & Wellness:


  • Any Grade 9 or 10 course related to the specific specialty of interest (e.g., Individual and Family Living, Healthy Active Living Education, Food and Nutrition)

  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.

  • Health Care: This course is recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Health and Wellness program.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


1.     A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

  • Four major credits
  • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. The three credits include:
  • one in English
  • one in Mathematics
  • one in Science or Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

5.     Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!