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School of Health Sciences

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 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • 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 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
  • (STAT 260) Statistics for Health Sciences
  • 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.

    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.

    Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (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 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
  • (APHY 189) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology)
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
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