Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals (International Only) - 993
This program is designed for internationally educated health care professionals (nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists). It provides a critical understanding of the important elements of the Health System in Canada, a cultural orientation to Canada and the language/communication requirements to be effective in a Canadian health care setting. Communication, problem solving and teamwork are part of every course in the program. A considerable amount of emphasis is dedicated to the development of effective communication skills as it is considered a critical skill requirement for transition to working effectively as a health care professional in Canada.
- Guest lecture from a variety of health professions.
- Developing one's own career plan i.e. how to become licensed as a health professional here in Canada.
- Invaluable opportunity to do a Service Learning Placement (50 hours) in local health agencies or hospitals in your fourth semester.
What you'll learn
- Funding and government jurisdiction in Canadian Health Care.
- Ethics and Values for health care professions in Canada.
- Regulatory Practice and Health Care Professions in Canada.
- Inter-professional team and collaborative practice in Canadian health care system.
- The role of public and private sector health care providers - Effective and efficient use of resources in Canadian health care.
- Autonomous practice, evidence-based decision-making, clinical reasoning and problem solving.
There are two intakes: September and January.
Students in the September intake group will attend classes in the fall and winter semesters and will have a break from their studies during the summer term.
Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program in 16 months. Students will start in January and will attend classes for 4 continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall, Winter. Please note that students in the fast track stream will be attending classes in the summer.
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The Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) is located in West Hamilton on the McMaster campus. The IAHS campus is where the majority (but not all) of our health programs are taught. Learn more about the IAHS:
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Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,376.00||$8,432.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$75.00||$0.00|
|Total International Per Semester||$8,451.00||$8,432.00|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$16,883.00|
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International student admission requirements
This 2 year, certificate program, has 4 semesters, requiring applicants to have a degree or diploma in a health care professional field (e.g. as a nurse, dentist, physiotherapist, pharmacist etc.). A minimum English proficiency of 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking and writing is required. Communication skill development is also a key focus for this program and students will be expected to improve their level of proficiency in English by the end of this program. Effective communication is a critical component for health professionals in the Canadian context.
It is wise to get a Police Clearance Certificate and an international drivers licence before you leave your home country. There are a number of Mohawk authorized study abroad agents that can assist you with your submissions – contact our office to find an authorized agent nearest to you. Visa Applications must be clear and without error as it is easy to refuse a file that does not conform or meet requirements for studying abroad.
Mohawk College course delivery uses an on-line learning platform MyCanvas that adds learner flexibility to the learning experience. We will also support you in the development of online learning skills as part of our program of study because health care professionals in Canada are often required to participate in professional development activities using online technology.
- Degree of diploma in a health related field
- Communication Skills recommended
Note: Please note that international students require a co-op work permit in order to participate in the work experience component of this program. If you do not receive a co-op work permit upon your arrival in Canada, you will need to apply for one in order to qualify for the work experience component.
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.
How you'll gain skills
- Foster social responsibility and leadership through a Service Learning opportunity. Students volunteer in local social agencies and hospitals in order to gain experience in the public and health sectors
Where you can go next
- Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**:
- See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Your future career options
- Develop a career plan for obtaining your health professional license here in Canada.
- Prepare for your health profession’s regulatory body’s licensing exams.
- Work at an entry level position within the Canadian health sector.
Where you could work includes:
- Hospital, Clinics, Long Term Care facilities, Public Health
- Most health care professions require credential recognition. You will need your credentials from your home country assessed for Provincial and/or Canadian equivalency by the various health care regulatory bodies in Canada. Health care professions have their own rules and regulations to practice in Province and/or Canada.
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
Some classes will be mixed with other health disciplines offered at Mohawk to facilitate integration and perspective. A few pathway options will be considered for some health professions to facilitate discipline specific streaming (Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker and Retail Pharmacy Assistant).
Click on the course title for a course description.
Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
- Review the program learning outcomes for Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals (International Only) (993)
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.
Health Informatics covers fundamental skills required by health professionals to appropriately retrieve and document client health information using technology such as Meditech and Telehealth to support health care. Students attending this program come from a variety of health disciplines and may have similar long term plans to transition or bridge to a designated health care profession while considering settlement in Canada. This program does not offer employment, nor immigration, as this is outside the scope of our role as an institution.
Practical elements of career planning will be covered in this program as most health professionals will not be able to work in their area of specialization until they get their credentials recognized and obtain Permanent Resident status. As a result, many students will be seeking jobs to support their goals as they work towards employment in the health sector. One year’s work experience will increase the number of points awarded for Canadian work experience and therefore increase the students’ total score in the “pool”. If immigration is an objective, it is important that a student understand the Express Entry protocol along with the rules and regulations that highlight qualifying employment opportunities. We suggest you contact a registered ICCRC immigration consultant for advice. (To compare the immigration objective under important overview) In addition, our program will include support and advice related to immigration consultation, as you move through the program and develop your individualized transition plan.
Most health care professions require credential recognition. You will need your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by the various health care regulatory bodies in Canada. All health care professions have their own rules and regulations to practice in Canada and you will require a methodical approach to ensuring your credentials meet the requirements. Many professions are government regulated and your credentials will have to be recognized by the provincial and national bodies governing your area of practice. Often this will require additional coursework and qualifying exams to verify equivalency and obtain regulatory licence in Canada. Some of these courses are on-line and may be pursued concurrently. Some of these rules are changing and will require further research and investigation. Our program can help you develop an individualized transition plan to become a regulated health professional in Canada.
Understanding how to access web based health resources and various health software interfacing is a necessary skill set in today’s health setting.
Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
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Student Success Advisors
Student Success Advisors
Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).