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Canada’s complex health care system, aging population and evolving medical technologies all add up to a growing demand for skilled health care workers. Health careers demand accuracy, attention to detail, manual dexterity, self-motivation, organizational skills and empathy. Saskatchewan Polytechnic grads are answering that call. Some work as medical lab technologists, dental hygienists, paramedics or continuing care assistants. Others immerse themselves in addictions counselling, therapeutic recreation programming or health information management. The health sciences offer a host of career options, and our school has 15 programs from which to choose.

Awesome practicums. You’ll boost your confidence and confirm skill competence through significant hands-on training. For example Medical Radiologic Technology students have several months of clinical experience in a hospital setting, while Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students gain experience working with a licensed dental team in our campus dental clinic.

Stepping stone. Many of our Health Sciences grads write industry certification exams. In addition, many of our programs let you transfer into university degree programs.

Window of opportunity. There’s an application window for our high-demand programs. Apply between October 1 and February 15 each year for Dental Hygiene and Medical Radiologic Technology programs. Applications for other health programs can be accepted throughout the year.

Paid education. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Dental Assisting, Primary Care Paramedic, Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Radiologic Technology programs qualify for the Canadian Forces (CF) Paid Education program. Once you’re enrolled in the CF, the forces will pay for your training. In return, you commit to serve in the forces for a set period after graduation.

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Health sector continuing education

Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology is a diploma program that provides the knowledge and skill development needed to perform a specific range of procedures, including laboratory tests, general radiography and electrocardiograms. The clinical experience, consisting of 29 weeks, may take place anywhere in Saskatchewan and at multiple sites. Students are required to challenge and pass comprehensive competency-based exams in radiography, laboratory and electrocardiography in order to successfully complete the program. Graduates will then be eligible to work as a CLXT and apply for membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technicians (SACLXT).

Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.


Program Details


Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (CHEM 199) Clinical Chemistry 2
  • (ECRD 180) Electrocardiography
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • (SPCR 100) Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning
  • Longer life expectancies, a growing population of senior citizens, more focus on outpatient treatment – these are some of the reasons for the increasing demand for continuing care assistants. The Continuing Care Assistant program provides the knowledge and skills you need to move into this rewarding field. It is a one-year certificate program that combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. Practicums provide direct experience in home care, long-term care, special care and acute care settings.

    You will build knowledge and skills related to application of long-term care philosophy in different settings, addressing individual psychosocial needs, dementia management strategies, gerontology (a major area of study), administering personal care, promoting independence in a safe environment, working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments and working with people of different cultures.

    This program is available through distance and/or continuing education, and is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

    The program may also be offered through regional colleges or work based training sites throughout the province. For more information contact Catharine Wirth at 306-659-4363 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus, Dr. Ursula Osteneck at 306-765-1788 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus, or Wendy Treble 306-775-7764 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

    Graduates of the Continuing Care Assistant program are eligible to apply for the bridging option into the Practical Nursing program.

    Part-time students may take the following courses prior to application and acceptance to the program, but must apply thereafter: ANAT 100, COMM 197, COMM 291, DEMC 183, DEMC 280, FAID 1003, HUMD 187, NUTR 198, SANT 181, SFTY 194, SPCR 100, SPCR 101, SPCR 102, SPCR 180, SPCR 182, SPCR 192.
    Program Details


    Courses
  • (SPCR 103) Assisting with Special Procedures
  • (ANAT 100) Body Systems
  • (CLIN 232) Clinical - Home Care/Community
  • (CLIN 219) Clinical - Special Care 2
  • (CLIN 100) Clinical - Special Care I
  • (DEMC 183) Dementia - Behaviour
  • (DEMC 280) Dementia Family Care
  • (SPCR 102) End of Life Care
  • (COMM 197) Helping Skills (197)
  • (HUMD 187) Human Growth and Development
  • (COMM 291) Interpersonal Communications
  • (NUTR 198) Nutrition
  • (SPCR 101) Observing, Recording and Reporting
  • (SPCR 182) Personal Care
  • (SPCR 192) Personal Competence
  • (SPCR 184) Post Acute Care
  • (SFTY 194) Professional Assault Response Training
  • (SPCR 180) Safe Environment
  • (SPCR 284) Special Needs 1
  • (SPCR 285) Special Needs 2
  • (SPCR 1001) TLR Re-certification
  • (SPCR 100) Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning
  • Cytotechnology is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in diagnosing disease through the recognition of alterations in cell morphology. The program is based on the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s competency profile (with appropriate topics added to address local needs). Students are science and technology oriented, enjoy independent and meticulous microscopic work, are comfortable with a high degree of responsibility and are strong decision makers. The program includes 45 weeks of practicums.

    Graduates are eligible to write the national certification exam set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and for licensure with the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • Information management is increasingly in demand, particularly in the health care field where high-quality information is critical to high-quality care. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Health Information Management (HIM) is one of 19 programs in Canada recognized by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM). Only graduates of CCHIM-recognized programs are eligible to write the national certification exam and be recognized as health information management professionals.

    The two-year diploma program emphasizes a practical, hands-on style of learning. The curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skill development in biomedical sciences, information science, technology, legal aspects of health information and integration of clinical and financial information. You will learn how to provide leadership and expertise in data collection and coding, data quality, record content and retention, record/systems management, patient access to health information, privacy, security and confidentiality, interpretation and analysis of health data, transition to the electronic health record and e-HIM (electronic health information management).

    All courses except the practicum (which must be completed in an accredited hospital chosen by the program) are available through distance and/or continuing education. Travel may be required for the practicum component. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Campus in Regina. For complete program information, check the program page. For more information on the distance program please refer to the student handbook (pdf).

    It may take up to a year to place out-of-province students in clinical practicum sites in their home province.

    You can apply to take this distance program anytime throughout the year. If you are interested in starting the program in the fall, it is strongly recommended that you apply before the end of May (if not earlier). It takes time to process applications and some classes begin at the end of August. Intake is ongoing, but if you apply late you may have to take October classes rather than August classes, which can have a significant impact later in the semester. You may take the following courses prior to being accepted into the program:

    • MED 161
    • APHY 162
    • APHY 262
    • PATH 161
    • HINF 160
    • COMM 262
    • PSYC 160
    • COMP 173
    • COMP 174
    • COMP 175
    • COMP 176

    Study schedules (pdf) for completing the program in 3 or 4 years are available. It is strongly recommended that you pick one path and maintain it. Once you choose your classes for the year please email Tara at tara.fournier@saskpolytech.ca. The HIM program must be completed within five years.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 162) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 262) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (CLIN 257) Clinical - Coding 1
  • (CLIN 258) Clinical - Coding 2
  • (CLIN 288) Clinical - Coding 3
  • (CLIN 161) Clinical - Foundations of Health Information Management
  • (COSC 262) Database Programming
  • (HINF 260) Epidemiology
  • (CFEX 1600) Final Comprehensive Exam
  • (HINF 262) Health Care Law and Ethics
  • (HINF 266) Health Informatics
  • (HINF 161) Health Information Analysis 1
  • (HINF 261) Health Information Analysis 2
  • (PRAC 165) Health Information Practicum 1
  • (PRAC 262) Health Information Practicum 2
  • (HINF 265) Health Information Systems
  • (HINF 160) Health Record Systems
  • (HINF 263) Human Resource Management in Health Care
  • (COMP 176) Introduction to Microsoft Access 1
  • (COMP 174) Introduction to Microsoft Excel I
  • (COMP 175) Introduction to Microsoft Excel II
  • (COMP 173) Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint and Web Publishing
  • (MED 161) Medical Terminology
  • (PATH 161) Pathophysiology 1
  • (PATH 272) Pathophysiology 2
  • (PATH 273) Pathophysiology 3
  • (PSYC 160) Psychology 1
  • (STAT 260) Statistics for Health Sciences
  • (HINF 264) Theories and Concepts of Health Information Management
  • (COMM 262) Workplace Communication
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant is an applied certificate program that provides the knowledge and skill development needed to perform a specific range of specimen collection and pre-analytic procedures in the medical laboratory. Your clinical experience, consisting of 9 weeks, may take place anywhere in Saskatchewan and at multiple sites. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Medical Laboratory Assistant national certification examination.

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    This is a high demand program. The application period is October 1 to February 15 each academic year. Applications are currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (APHY 189) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology)
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in applying scientific, technical and medical principles to perform and evaluate a broad spectrum of laboratory tests in a health care environment. You will also gain an appreciation of the medical laboratory technologist’s role as a professional member of the health care team. The program is based on the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s competency profile (with appropriate topics added to address local needs). It includes 41 weeks of clinical experience.

    Graduates are eligible to apply to write the national certification exam set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and for licensure with the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    This is a high demand program. The application period is October 1 to February 15 each academic year. Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • (MICR 1800) Microbiology Refresher
  • Medical Radiologic Technology is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in understanding and applying the principles of science and medicine as they relate to medical radiography. You will become technically competent with the techniques and equipment used in diagnostic imaging departments. You will study anatomy and physiology, X-ray equipment, photographic process, pathology, radiobiology and protection, and radiological and radiographic techniques, professionalism and patient care. It includes 50 weeks of clinical experience.

    Graduates are eligible to write the national certification exam set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and for membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    This is a high demand program. The application period is October 1 to February 15 each academic year. Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • Practicums and Orientations

    Therapeutic Recreation is a diploma program that prepares you to meet the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of individuals with a diverse range of impairments. Graduates work with other health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Therapeutic recreation (TR) uses recreation and leisure as a modality to facilitate independent functioning and enhance quality of life. The program includes three separate practicum experiences that allow you to apply your developing knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of settings. You will learn how to:

    • apply the TR process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation
    • document client progress
    • use a variety of facilitation techniques to meet individual client goals
    • practice therapeutic recreation based on acknowledged professional standards
    • modify and adapt activities for individuals with a variety of impairments and barriers
    • participate as a member of a health care team

    This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (EMPL 180) Employability Skills
  • (THRC 291) Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 182) Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 190) Hlth Promotion/Therapeutic Rec
  • (HUMD 188) Human Growth & Development
  • (HUMR 186) Interpersonal Skills
  • (APHY 189) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology)
  • (THRC 187) Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 290) Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • (THRC 283) Mental Health, Addictions and Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 183) Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
  • (PSYC 188) Psychology A
  • (PSYC 189) Psychology B
  • (THRC 188) Research and Evaluation
  • (SOCI 184) Sociology A
  • (SOCI 185) Sociology B
  • (THRC 292) T. R. Integration Seminar 1
  • (THRC 293) T. R. Integration Seminar 2
  • (THRC 294) T. R. Integration Seminar 3
  • (THRC 289) Therapeutic Recreation and Aging
  • (THRC 284) Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Education
  • (THRC 281) Therapeutic Recreation Assessment
  • (THRC 189) Therapeutic Recreation for Children and Youth
  • (THRC 285) Therapeutic Recreation Inclusive Leisure Services
  • (PRAC 177) Therapeutic Recreation Practicum 1
  • (PRAC 280) Therapeutic Recreation Practicum 2
  • (PRAC 281) Therapeutic Recreation Practicum 3
  • (THRC 184) Therapeutic Recreation Process
  • (THRC 286) TR Program Management
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