Applied health care and technology programs train you for professions where you make a positive impact every day. Whether it's in a lab or literally hands-on in a massage therapy clinic, applied health care and technology jobs touch people's lives and help improve their physical and mental health.

General areas of applied health care study in Canada include basic health science, public health and medical technology. There are, however, a wide range of specialization options. International students who are science- and technology-oriented can take one of the many medical and medical lab technology programs (clinical genetics technology, medical imaging, diagnostic cytology, nuclear medical technology, forensic science, prosthetics, hearing instruments, etc.) as well as dental assisting, medical transcription and respiratory therapy. Those more interested in working directly with people in a helping and healing capacity can take a program in resident care, long-term care, home care, personal support, audiology, massage therapy, natural health & healing, acupuncture, health and fitness training, hydrotherapy or wellness and addiction.

Canadian university and college programs in these areas include 3- to 4-year general science degrees as well as specialized degrees like the Bachelor of Applied Health Science, Bachelor of Applied Sciences or Bachelor of Technology. Shorter 1- to 2-year diplomas and certificates are also available.

Be sure to look around: some colleges specializing in other fields, such as business, often offer applied health care and technology programs, but there are also many private career colleges specializing in applied health care and technology programs. These are more job-oriented, technology-focused and often include business skills training.

Learning at all school types involves problem-based learning, lecture, theoretical study, lab work, simulation and some kind of clinical placement or practicum. Graduates of applied health care and technology programs in Canada are job-ready with the skills and knowledge to make a meaningful contribution to people's wellness anywhere in the world.