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Health Sciences

Our professors, staff members, students and partners are committed to meeting health care needs today and tomorrow. Through teaching, research and service, our faculty offers a stimulating environment for you to study, learn and grow. We believe in interprofessional education and care - recognizing the importance of every health-care provider and the need to create new and expanded roles.

We offer a number of innovative programs that provide the foundations for an exciting career across the continuum of health care: from the laboratory bench to the bedside and into the community.

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The university provides plenty of opportunities to get involved in research, such as practicum courses, internships and volunteer opportunities. This experience is invaluable for students looking to engage in scientific research early in their careers or for students looking to continue their education in research-based studies. The small class sizes make communication with your professors and classmates easy, and accessible. Erica Dove Health Sciences (Honours) in Kinesiology, Class of 2015 Research Assistant, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario
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    Health Sciences

    Health Sciences

    The Human Health Specialization will prepare you for health-related post-graduate studies such as, medicine, epidemiology, and dentistry. You will take upper-year electives that extend your knowledge in core areas as well as integrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the health-care system in Canada. The Human Health Science specialization offers you an opportunity to learn a broad range of topics related to health. This specialization focuses on the fundamental areas of science as it relates to human health and disease including:

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Neurophysiology
    • Pathophysiology

    The term “public health” can conjure a variety of images and ideas for individuals in Canadian society and abroad. For some, it means screening for communicable diseases, mass immunization programs or legislation for healthy and safe work environments. For others, public health means the creation of governmental agencies or combating Ebola and the Zika virus. Overall, the aim of public health is to empower residents to make informed decisions and partake in interventions that seek to preserve, promote, and restore their health.

    Learn more:

    ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE  PROGRAM MAP - ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

    Human Health Science  PROGRAM MAP - HUMAN HEALTH SCIENCE

    Public Health  PROGRAM MAP - PUBLIC HEALTH

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    Kinesiology

    Kinesiology

    The Kinesiology specialization is directed toward understanding the role and safe application of exercise for:

    • Fitness
    • Health improvement
    • Rehabilitation

    It prepares you to:

    • Become a kinesiology practitioner.
    • Safely prescribe individualized exercise programs to improve or maintain the health, functional capacity and well-being of a range of healthy and clinical populations.

    Learn more:

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    Medical Laboratory Science

    Medical Laboratory Science

    Medical laboratory technologists:

    • Analyze the chemical substances in the body.
    • Detect abnormal cells in the blood.
    • Identify the type of bacteria responsible for an infection.
    • Match the blood given to an accident victim.

    Ontario Tech University's Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program is the first of its kind in Ontario. You will be introduced to the exciting diagnostic aspects of health science, including a focus on medical research. You will become skilled in the five main areas of the diagnostic laboratory:

    • Chemistry
    • Hematology
    • Histotechnology
    • Microbiology
    • Transfusion medicine

    The program also emphasizes:

    • Professional communication
    • Research skills
    • Scientific writing

    Learn more:

    PROGRAM PAGE Program map

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    Nursing

    Nursing

    It's a new age for nursing and new skills are in demand. Ontario Tech University is the right choice for you whether you are beginning your career or you are an experienced nurse who wants to upgrade your skills. Our commitment to state-of-the-art practice, leading-edge technology and practical know-how will position you to excel on the job from day one.

    As new attitudes and objectives in health care redefine today's nursing professional this is an exciting time to embark on a nursing career.

    Our four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program, offered collaboratively with Durham College, will immerse you in the practice of scientifically-based nursing using:

    • Clinical skills
    • Research findings from:
      • Community care
      • Family care
      • Group care
      • Individual care
      • Theory

    Learn more:

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    Graduate Programs

  • Experiential learning

    Partnership, collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to enhancing health care are cornerstones in the development of health services. Hands-on experience is a valuable asset for all of our students; we are pleased to offer a number of opportunities for our students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in a workplace setting.

    Clinical learning experience

    Nursing

    With the Nursing program's strong clinical focus, you have opportunities each year to develop your nursing skills and knowledge in the finest hospitals and agencies in the region through clinical placements.

    Clinical placements are a core component in each year of the Nursing program, starting from the first year of studies. Students appreciate and embrace the opportunity to apply their learning in a clinical setting. They are committed to becoming leaders in health-care delivery. They recognize the necessity and importance of working with trained professionals and their patients to enhance their knowledge and further their own skills and professional development.

    Medical Laboratory Science

    The integration of classroom instruction and clinical practice is also the foundation of our Medical Laboratory Science program. You learn and enhance your technical and professional skills through laboratory activities in each of the three years at the university and gain extensive experience in fourth year during a two-semester practicum at our one of our affiliated clinical sites. This practicum experience positions you for career success by:

    • Providing networking opportunities.
    • Facilitating professional mentoring.
    • Fostering the development of teamwork and leadership.

    Research practicum

    Students in all Health Sciences programs can apply for a fourth-year Research Practicum that extends throughout their final year of studies. Working under the direction of a research tutor, both university- and community-based, you receive a practical experience that exemplifies the collaborative research process while providing you with a valued opportunity to apply your knowledge in a research setting.

    Internships

    Kinesiology students may pursue internship opportunities for one term or a full year. Working in the field of athletic therapy or exercise and rehabilitation, you are able to use skills you learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world experiences.

    There is a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on experience throughout the university's Kinesiology specialization. In Year 4 there are both Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy internships. Students gain practical experience applying the knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree.