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Internationally educated health professionals are highly skilled individuals with a breadth of knowledge and experience. With the right tools, skills, and support to help guide them, they can gain meaningful employment in the Canadian healthcare sector. Our ITHP bridging program provides internationally educated professionals with Canadian-specific education and skills required to gain employment and hands-on support to ensure their success. This unique opportunity helps learners attain non-licensed healthcare employment in areas such as health research, health informatics, data analysis, and health administration (alternative careers in healthcare). Learners obtain more than just in-demand skills and knowledge – they are provided a supportive bridge to building a successful future in Canada.

This program offers continuous learners the opportunity to register in one of three specialized healthcare streams:

  1. Long-term Care and Ethics in Healthcare
  2. Health Research/Data Analytics in Healthcare/ Health Informatics
  3. Health Administration

Learners in each stream are required to take three to five courses, which includes courses in Job Search Strategies and Communications. The program also provides job search support to assist in finding future employment and an optional four to six-week work placement.

Industry and Careers

This program can lead to career paths in various roles such as:

  • Case manager
  • Clinical administrator
  • Clinical research associate
  • Hospital scheduling coordinator
  • Health services coordinator
  • Long term care patient support assistant
  • Hospital administration/administrator
  • Medical office associate
  • Patient services representative
  • Long term care recreation aide
  • Research assistant/associate

Who Should Take This Course Series?

Internationally educated healthcare professionals who are looking to reconfigure their existing professional knowledge to gain meaningful employment in non-licensed jobs within the healthcare sector in Canada.

What Will You Learn?

You will gain the following from this program:

  • Increased knowledge of the Ontario healthcare system
  • Canadian-specific job search strategies to help you secure future employment
  • Work placements or work integrated learning opportunities
  • Professional communication training to strengthen your communication and interview skills
  • The opportunity to work towards a certificate

Course Series Requirements

  • A minimum of three courses from any healthcare streams
  • One communications course
  • An optional work placement
  • One job search course

Note: CHSM 301 is a prerequisite for CHIM 301 and CHIM 303 and CLAW 122 is a prerequisite for CLAW 402.

How to Apply

  1. Must be an internationally educated healthcare professional and have:
    • Proof of post-secondary degree and a minimum of one-year work experience in the healthcare sector or
    • Proof of a post-secondary diploma and a minimum of two years work experience in the healthcare sector.
  2. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, convention refugee or refugee claimant at the time of application.
  3. Demonstrate English language proficiency at the minimum required level:
    • TOEFL 92; or IELTS of 6.5; or CLB 7/8; or equivalent English language proficiency test

Submit the ITHP application form to confirm eligibility, before beginning this course series.

Professional Development Awards

Those who successfully complete this course series are eligible to earn a Professional Development Award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Once you have successfully completed the courses, submit the Request for Professional Development Award (PDA) form with your name, student number, and the course series you have completed. Upon verification, you will receive your professional development award within 4 to 6 weeks.

Professional Development Award: Introduction to Health Data Analytics requires completion of three courses: CHIM 301, CHIM 408, and CHSM 301.

Professional Development Award: Health Informatics requires completion of three courses: CHIM 303, or CHIM 305, or CHIM 306, or CHIM 307, or CLAW 402.

Professional Development Award: ITHP requires any three healthcare courses from any of the three streams.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid.

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