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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!

Health Care Training and Career FAQ

Sprott Shaw College

  • Abbotsford
  • Chilliwack
  • East Vancouver
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Maple Ridge
  • Nanaimo
  • New Westminster
  • Penticton
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Community Support Worker: Social Services
  • Executive Medical Office Administrator
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Health Unit Clerk
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Medical Office Administrator Health Unit Clerk
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing Access

Windsor Career College

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

CTS Canadian Career College

  • Barrie, Ontario
  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Addiction and Mental Health
  • Developmental Service Worker
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Paramedic
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician (Distance Education)

triOS College

  • Brampton
  • Hamilton
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Mississauga
  • Scarborough
  • Toronto
  • Windsor
  • Addiction Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant

Eastern College

  • Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician

Vancouver Career College

  • Abbotsford
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver
  • Acupuncture
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Registered Massage Therapy
  • Social Services Worker - Professional

Reeves College

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Lloydminster, Alberta
  • Addictions & Community Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Services Worker
  • Medical Office Administration

Medix College

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Community Service Worker
  • Dental Administrator
  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Intra-Oral Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant

CDI College

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Red Deer
  • Burnaby
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg
  • Mississauga
  • North York
  • Scarborough
  • Laval
  • Pointe-Claire
  • Saint-Léonard
  • Addictions & Community Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Services Worker
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Office Administration - Radiography Specialization
  • Denturist
  • Health Care Aide
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Intra Oral Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Registered Massage Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
  • Social Services Worker Professional

ICS Canada

  • Online (Not available to residents of Quebec)
  • Adult Psychology
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Child Psychology
  • Counselling Skills
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Personal Caregiver Skills
  • Retail Pharmacy Assistant
  • Sports Nutrition

Health Care Training and Career FAQ

How Should I Approach Choosing a Health Care Career?

Health Care SchoolsWith 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:


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. And according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 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?

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

Growth and Stability

Statistics Canada data shows that in 2019, 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, the Canadian Occupational Projection System predicts that through 2026, there won't be enough nurses 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 2019, it was $27.91 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.