Fundamentals of Health Care

Fundamentals of Health Care

Program at a glance:

Credential Earned: Diploma
OSAP Eligible: To be confirmed – Application in progress and subject to OSAP approval

Program Length: 2 years / 4 semesters

Program Delivery: Online and In-Person based on course selection

Start Date: September 2023

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023

About the Program

Designed to help fill the current and anticipated serious staffing shortages in our health care system, Michener’s Fundamentals of Health Care diploma program offers learners a self-paced, flexible and fully customizable program to explore and prepare them for careers across the health care spectrum. Whether graduates intend to work in a health care setting or enroll in further health education, this program provides pathways to a multitude of possibilities

Developed and offered in collaboration with University Health Network (UHN), this program can be taken full or part time. It consists of 20 courses, 8 of which are required, and students are given flexibility in the choice and sequence of the courses they take.

NEW – Several apprenticeship agreements are in development, which will offer learners the opportunity to work in the health care field while in the program.

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN recognizes that knowledge, skills and competencies can be learned through education (formal and informal), employment and other life experiences. Prior Learning Assessment and recognition (PLAR) is available to students in this program.

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Admission Requirements

Is This Program For Me?

Consider this program if you are a/an:

  • High school graduate with an interest in working in health care
  • Student with some college or university experience, credentials or degrees with an interest in working in health care
  • Student looking to upgrade their knowledge and skills to make them more prepared and competitive for other health care education programs
  • Internationally-educated student who is seeking entry into Canada’s vast health care system
  • Individual looking for a career change to meaningful positions in the health care sector

What Will I Study?

Over the course of four semesters, students will:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the Canadian Heath Care System
  • Understand concepts in anatomy and physiology
  • Understand human body function in health and disease
  • Develop team based written and verbal communication that supports the interprofessional health care team
  • Understand and use medical terminology
  • Discover a wide range of health professions and their role in delivering high quality patient care in a health care system
  • Understand basic, supportive, and compassionate patient care
  • Understand navigation and coordination of patient care across acute care and community care settings
  • Develop Michener Competencies
    • be collaborators who work effectively within teams and with patients
    • be health system thinkers with an understanding of the healthcare eco system and the linkages to their practice or role
    • be reflective in their practice, value professionalism, show empathy, think critically, and commit to lifelong learning and professional development
    • be adaptable by responding to change and innovation within the health care system through emerging trends in their practice and the use of digital tools

Course List

This program is currently under development – the course list may be subject to change.

Mandatory Courses

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Health Care Ecosystem: Behind the Scenes
  • Introduction to Health Care Professions and the Interprofessional Care
  • Infection Control
  • Health Care Communication
  • Fundamentals of Patient Care

Offered in Fall

Course Name Fall
Introduction to Research Methods 2023, 2024
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2023, 2024
The Health Care Ecosystem: Behind the Scenes (Digital Health) 2023, 2024
Digital Health I: Empowering People 2023, 2024
Project Management 2023, 2024
Fundamentals of Leadership 2024
Community Based Health Care 2024
Introduction to Public Health 2024
Foundations of Relational Care 2024
Indigenous Health and Wellness 2024
Health care Observership 2024

Offered in Winter

Course Name Winter
Introduction to Health Care Professions and Interprofessional Care 2024, 2025
The Future of Work in Healthcare: Future proofing your healthcare career 2024, 2025
Fundamentals of Patient Care 2024, 2025
Health Care Communication 2024, 2025
Clinical Behavioural Sciences 2024, 2025
Infection Control 2024, 2025
Health care Observership 2025
Ethics and Professionalism 2025
Introduction to Health Care certifications (First Aid/CPR/Mental Health First Aid) 2025
Introduction to Medical Microbiology 2025
Chronic Disease Management 2025
Introduction to Health and Disease 2025
Health Care Communication 2025

Available Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Entrance Scholarships are available for the Fundamentals of Health Care program.
  • General Bursaries are available for those students with demonstrated financial need (such as OSAP).

Scholarship & Bursaries