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School of Health & Community Services

School of Health & Community Services

School of Health & Community Services

School of Health & Community Services

School of Health & Community Services (HCS)

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.

Activation Coordination in Gerontology (graduate certificate)
The primary goal of activation professionals is to design and deliver meaningful therapeutic activity programs that enhance the quality of life of older persons. You will learn [...]
Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)
Designed for students with previous, relevant education, this highly specialized program was developed in consultation with recognized experts in the fields of addiction and mental health including Lakeridge Health Corporation. It is consistent with the competencies required by […]
Veterinary Assistant
Effective client relations with pet owners are fundamental to providing quality pet care. This one-year, two-semester program will give you the knowledge and skills to become a valued member of an animal facility. You will learn about: Animal health and hygiene; Basic animal care needs; Basic laboratory Techniques; Clerical [...]
Child and Youth Worker
This advanced diploma program is a three-year, fast-track program delivered over two calendar years. You will be required to complete a summer block placement from May to July in Year 1 and May to August in Year 2. Designed to prepare you to provide frontline treatment services to emotionally troubled and behaviourally disordered children and youth, you will receive […]
Child and Youth Worker – Brock University Articulation
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. [...]
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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 […]
Community Integration through Co-operative Education
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 skills by […]
Community Services and Child Studies Foundations
The Community Services and Child Studies Foundations program will provide you with an overview and understanding of how to function effectively in a helping capacity. Particular emphasis will be placed on your personal growth, enhancing communication and learning skills and personal and professional responsibility. The program […]
Critical Care Nursing (e-learning) (graduate certificate)
This program is designed for students with previous education. Designed for registered nurses (RNs), it consists of an introductory course to e-learning, five theoretical courses offered online via the Internet, a critical care simulation component held at Durham College or a partner site and hands-on preceptored experience in an intensive care unit (ICU). […]
Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)
This one-year Ontario college certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. It provides access to academic studies, clinical experience and current radiography techniques. You will finish the program by […]
Dental Hygiene
The Dental Hygiene program integrates academic studies and clinical practice to prepare you to practise with the client and the community, providing collaborative health care in a variety of settings. The dental hygiene process of care is foundational to the clinical experience, emphasizing the acquisition of [...]
Dental Reception and Administration
Dental administrators are vital members of a dental office. This program will teach you how to maintain a collaborative relationship with clients and all members of the oral health-care team to deliver the highest level of client-centred care. It will prepare you to be a multi-skilled, ethically responsible dental administration professional. […]
Developmental Services Worker
This program focuses on working with individuals in all stages of life who have developmental, learning, physical or mental disorders. As a graduate, you will have the ability to care and advocate for individuals with disabilities, understand the teaching, support and care required to help them form lifelong goals and be able to […]
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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. […]
Fitness and Health Promotion
This program is based in theory and layers in practical experience that will make your textbooks come alive. Classroom lectures and learning activities prepare you for hands-on labs. Independent and collaborative projects prepare you to work with a variety of health-care […]
Nursing – Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (Hons)
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), in collaboration with Durham College, offers a BScN (Hons) program, which is designed to graduate professional nurses committed to excellence and innovation in assessing and meeting the nursing needs of society [...]
Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant program
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 Worker
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. [...]
Practical Nursing
Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Practical Nursing program teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practise as a safe, competent and professional practical nurse. Using the concept of caring as the basis of nursing, you will develop knowledge, skills and judgment in assessing, planning, implementing [...]
Practical Nursing
Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Practical Nursing program teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practise as a safe, competent and professional practical nurse. Using the [...]
Social Services Worker
As a graduate of the Social Service Worker program, you will be eligible to register as a social service worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. This program combines classroom work with practical experience to provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes [...]
Social Services Worker – Brock University Articulation
This program combines classroom work 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. The program focuses on the development of front-line counselling skills for work with individuals and groups in a variety [...]
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