Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)

The Specialist High Skills Major is a program which gives students a focus in their senior high school years that leads to all post-secondary destinations (apprenticeship, college, university, and work). A student must take two Grade 11 and two Grade 12 courses in a specialized area, and a co-operative education course. It also involves contextualized units in Math and English where the focus is in the specific sector.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore experiential learning and reach ahead activities such as field trips, competitions, etc. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a special Red Seal diploma and transcript as evidence of their completion of a Specialist High Skills Major. Check out http://www.haltonpathways.ca for more information.

Our school offers SHSM courses in the following sectors:

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Health and Wellness

STA Health & Wellness SHSM – Focus on Healthcare & Medical Technologies

Interested students should see their guidance counselor for application details

This program enables students to develop their understanding of basic health care procedures, including the safe use of appropriate instruments, equipment, and materials. Students will focus on health care fundamentals, including the anatomical features and physiology of the major body systems and the factors that affect homeostasis in the human body. Students will use case studies to apply anatomy and physiology to the clinical setting.

Students will analyze environmental and societal issues related to healthcare of the community and the greater population, including the socioeconomic indicators of healthcare. Students will have the opportunity to explore medical ethics from a case study perspective as well as gain an understanding of how the decision making process works in Ontario hospitals. Students will learn about professional practice standards and career opportunities in the healthcare field through research and guest speakers currently working in the healthcare field.

Students will develop clinical skills including; communication skills, taking a set of vital signs; CPR/First Aid Level C, venipuncture and delivery of parenteral medications.


  • CPR/First Aid/AED/ Level C
  • Infection Control
  • Athletic Taping
  • Medical Terminology
  • Mental Health First Aid

Reach Ahead Opportunities (may vary from year to year)

  • University of Guelph Anatomy Lab
  • OICR (Ontario Institute of Cancer Research)
  • George Brown College- Waterfront Health Sciences Campus
  • Discovery Days in Health Sciences (McMaster University)
  • Experiential Learning/Competitions:
  • Halton Skills (First Aid/CPR)
  • McMaster Brain Bee
  • HOSA competition (participating in competitions in Medical Terminology, Forensic Medicine)
  • Biomedical Debate, Medical Math & First Aid/CPR

For Ministry Guideline, click here.

Creative Design OfficerSpecialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)