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Health Care SchoolsYou want to find health care training that can lead you to a fulfilling career in helping others. So you already know that attending a health care school is the right choice for you. Your first goal in making that happen is to research what's available. And you can do that right here.

You will find a wide range of programs that can meet your individual needs and lead you to achieve your career aspirations. Programs range from nursing and massage therapy to medical office assisting and pharmacy technician training. You can even find schools offering alternative health training such as fitness and nutrition. You could soon be on the path to bettering your community and the people who live in it!

To learn more about training and finding work in the health care field, read through the frequently asked questions below. And to start your journey now, find a school near you and ask for more details!


Trillium College


Burlington, Ontario
Kingston, Ontario
Oshawa, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario
Peterborough, Ontario
St. Catharines, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
  • Community Service Worker
  • Denturism
  • Developmental Service Worker
  • Intra Oral Dental Assisting
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Lab Assistant/Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Primary Care Paramedic
  • Everest College

    12 Ontario Locations
    • Barrie
    • Brampton
    • Hamilton
    • Kitchener
    • Mississauga
    • Newmarket
    • North York
    • Ottawa
    • Scarborough
    • Sudbury
    • Toronto College Park
    • Windsor
  • Addictions and Community Services Worker
  • Cardiology Technologist
  • Dental Office & Chairside Assisting
  • Health, Fitness and Nutrition Consultant
  • Intra-Oral (Level II) Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Physiotherapist Assistant
  • triOS College


    Brampton, Ontario
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Kitchener, Ontario
    London, Ontario
    Mississauga, Ontario
    Oshawa, Ontario
    Scarborough, Ontario
    Toronto, Ontario
    Windsor, Ontario
  • Addiction Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Stenberg College


    Surrey, British Columbia
    Surrey (Hybrid Classroom & Online)
  • Community Mental Health & Addictions Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Hospital Support Specialist
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Nursing Unit Clerk
  • Practical Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing - Online
  • Therapeutic Recreation (Gerontology)
  • Stenberg College


    Calgary, Alberta - Hybrid Classroom & Online
    Winnipeg, Manitoba - Hybrid Classroom & Online
    Halifax, Nova Scotia - Hybrid Classroom & Online
  • Cardiology Technologist
  • Bryan College


    North York, Ontario
  • Massage Therapy
  • Herzing College


    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Toronto, Ontario
    Montreal, Quebec
  • Community Services Worker
  • Health Care Aide
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Algonquin Careers Academy


    Mississauga, Ontario
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Medical Lab Assistant/Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • MTI Community College


    Abbotsford, BC
    Burnaby, BC
    Chilliwack, BC
    Coquitlam, BC
    Surrey, BC
    Vancouver, BC
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Support & Youth Worker
  • Dental Assisting
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical-Dental Administration
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Nursing Licensure Preparation
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Sprott Shaw College

    12 British Columbia Locations
    • Abbotsford
    • East Vancouver
    • Kamloops
    • Kelowna
    • Maple Ridge
    • Nanaimo
    • New Westminster
    • Penticton
    • Richmond
    • Surrey
    • Vancouver
    • Victoria
    • Community Support Worker
      • Assisted Living
      • Social Services
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Health Care Assistant
    • Health Unit Clerk Support Specialist
    • Live-In Caregiver
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Pharmacy Assistant
    • Practical Nursing

    Robertson College


    Calgary, Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Online
    (Not available to residents of Ontario and Quebec)
  • Health Care Aide
  • Health Unit Clerk
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • CDI College

    Alberta
    • Calgary
    • Edmonton
    British Columbia
    • Burnaby
    • Richmond
    • Surrey
    • Vancouver
    • Victoria
    Manitoba
    • Winnipeg
    Ontario
    • Ajax
    • Hamilton
    • Mississauga
    • North York
    • Scarborough
    • Toronto
    Quebec
    • Anjou
    • Laval
    • Longueuil
    • Montreal
    • Pointe-Claire
    • Quebec City
  • Addictions & Community Services Worker
  • Assistance in Health Care Facilities
  • Child and Youth Services Worker
  • Community Health Care Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Receptionist Coordinator
  • Dental Technician
  • Health, Assistance & Nursing
  • Health Care Aide
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Intra Oral Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant - Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Social Services Worker Foundations
  • Social Services Worker Recovery Specialist
  • Social Services Worker Youth Specialist
  • Brighton College


    Burnaby, British Columbia
    Surrey, British Columbia
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Health Care Assistant (HCA)
  • Resident Care Attendant (RCA)
  • Westervelt College


    London, Ontario
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administration
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
  • Oulton College


    Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Family and Community Services
  • Health Care Support
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Optician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • KLC College


    Kingston, Ontario
    Smiths Falls, Ontario
    Whitby, Ontario
  • Child & Youth Care Worker
  • Dental Administration
  • Dental Assistant I & II
  • Medical Administration
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • National Personal Training Institute


    Toronto, Ontario
  • Personal Training
  • Medix School

    6 Campuses in Ontario
    • Brampton
    • Brantford
    • Kitchener
    • London
    • Scarborough
    • Toronto
  • Community Service Worker
  • Developmental Service Worker
  • Intra-Oral Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical and General Lab Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Professional Fitness Consultant
  • Ashworth College


    Online & Distance Learning
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Billing/Claims
  • Medical Office Assisting
  • Medical Transcription
  • Nutrition, Diet and Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Retail Pharmacy Assistant
  • Sport Psychology
  • Stratford Career Institute


    Distance Learning
  • Child Psychology
  • Dental Assistant
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Health Care Aide
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Natural Health Consultant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Psychology/Social Work
  • Relaxation Therapist


  • Health Care Training and Career FAQ

    How Should I Approach Choosing a Health Care Career?

    With plenty of enthusiasm. First, consider just how many possible career options this broad field encompasses. There are potentially hundreds, each requiring a different combination of skills and personal traits.

    But don't let that scare you. It simply means that almost anybody can find a health care occupation which fits his or her unique attributes. All it takes to begin the process is a little honesty and an open mind about what you truly enjoy.

    For instance, you might really care about helping people, but maybe you don't particularly like being around too many of them in a single day. That's OK. In fact, it's an insight that can make selecting what to pursue a lot easier.

    So draw up a list of questions to ask yourself. Here are a few to get you started:

    • Do I prefer predictable routines, or do I enjoy having new and unexpected challenges each day?
    • Would I like working directly with patients, or would I rather be doing things behind the scenes with minimal interaction?
    • Do I like work that keeps me physically active, or do I want to do something a little more low-key?
    • Does working with high-tech medical equipment sound fun, or would I prefer to limit the technical stuff to mostly using computers?

    Now, as you read through each of the following sections, start answering some of your questions based on what you learn about different career possibilities. Then you can start matching your answers to a narrowing set of choices.

    What Are Some of the Best Options?

    With one of the greatest systems in the world, Canada's health care sector is home to a vast number of interesting and worthwhile occupational opportunities. And they are found within several different settings—not just hospitals or doctors' offices. That means you stand a terrific chance of discovering a good path that suits you.

    To begin, check out the potential in these booming categories:

    Nursing

    Always deserving of the respect they receive, nurses continue to prove that smart and compassionate people can make a deeply meaningful impact. And the ability to affect the lives of others isn't just restricted to RNs. It also extends to practical nurses and other nursing staff who assist in the direct care of all kinds of patients. They perform work that is as hands-on as it gets. And that results in some of the most profound rewards one can experience in any career.

    Medical Administrative Services

    The health care system simply couldn't function without the great attention-to-detail and organizational abilities of workers in this category. From critical documentation to vital communications, these support professionals handle countless tasks that make getting accurate and timely care possible. Some specialize in record-keeping or managing medical offices. Others transcribe doctors' voice memos or file insurance claims and bill provincial health authorities.

    Social Assistance

    Most of our communities have young, elderly, and disabled people who require special services. Many of us also live near individuals—of all ages—who suffer from mental or behavioral issues. In fact, one in every five Canadians goes through an addiction or mental health problem during any given year.* All of that means that support workers are in high demand. Whether it's working with at-risk youth, providing residential care to seniors, or helping people overcome drug or alcohol dependency, careers in this field contribute a lot of good to society.

    Dental Support

    You don't need to be a dentist to help provide good oral care to people. The field consists of other fascinating roles that are every bit as important. Just think about the dental hygienist who cleans and examines your teeth while educating you on proper brushing and flossing. Or the chairside assistant who hands your dentist the right tools and is there to help make your procedure go as smoothly as possible. Even the administrative staff who greet you and schedule your appointments are essential to the process.

    Fitness, Nutrition, and Massage Therapy

    By now, almost everyone knows that diet and exercise are important for good health. But that doesn't mean we all know how to get fit and stay well, especially since each one of us is so different. We often need help. That's where professionals like personal trainers and nutrition consultants come in. They coach us and guide us toward better-performing bodies. Of course, sometimes we need other proven ways to ease the tension and stress that life brings. It's why more and more of us are turning to relaxation and massage therapy pros.

    Technologists, Technicians, and Other Essential Occupations

    Health care jobs can be found in so many special areas that they sometimes defy easy categorization. But that doesn't make them any less significant than the ones already listed. Just a few examples of other worthwhile paths to explore include:

    What Makes the Health Care Field a Smart Choice?

    People have numerous reasons for going into this sector. But here are three of the most popular ones:

    Growth and Stability

    In 2013, more than two million Canadians were employed in the fields of health care and social assistance.** And that number is expected to continue on an upward trend. That's because of the many fast-growing occupations in the sector. For example, through 2020, it's projected that there won't be enough nurses, medical technicians, or health care managers to fill job openings.*** That could mean great opportunities for you.

    Impact and Excitement

    Working in the sector gives you the chance to help change people's lives for the better and contribute to something genuinely important. Plus, many of these careers offer a fast pace and different challenges each day.

    Earning Potential

    Although income can vary significantly from profession to profession, the average hourly wage for the entire health care sector is still pretty compelling. In 2012, it was $26.**** And the more skills and experience you acquire, the higher you can grow your take-home pay.

    Will I Need a Special License or Certification?

    In many cases you will. It just depends on the career you choose. Not all careers are regulated that way.

    For those health care occupations that do require licensing, most provinces have their own regulations and processes. Usually, they require that you get proper training from an educational institution and then pass a special exam to receive your professional licensure. So check with your own province to see what's required for the specific career you're thinking about.

    Does It Take Very Long to Train for These Careers?

    For the most part, no. The majority of programs on this page take two years or less to complete. That's fast, especially compared to the four years that it typically takes to earn a degree. Even so, a more lengthy education option can still go by fairly quickly. And the bottom line is that the health care field offers numerous opportunities for beginning a new career without spending too long in school.

    How Do I Begin?

    You're a lot closer than you might think. Explore the many courses of study featured above. And when you spot one that appeals to you, make sure to send a quick request for more details to the school offering it. You can also perform an easy search in the box below to see a list of schools that most closely match your location and interests.



    Main Sources

    * Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Mental Illness and Addiction Statistics, website last visited on February 14, 2014.

    ** Statistics Canada, website last visited on February 14, 2014.

    *** Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), website last visited on February 13, 2014.

    **** Industry Canada, Canadian Industry Statistics, Health Care and Social Assistance, website last visited on February 13, 2014.