Working at any level of the health care field involves a good deal of responsibility for people's well being; therefore, getting your credentials takes work and discipline. Admission to university degree programs in applied health care and technology is quite competitive for both local and international students: these may be quota programs, where the pool of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces.
Some programs permit entry directly from high school, and international students should apply either directly to the institution or, where relevant, using the post-secondary application centre of their respective province. University application also usually includes a non- refundable application fee for anywhere between $25 - $100 as specified by the institution.
Some of these undergraduate degrees require one or two years of university study, while others allow direct-entry from high school. Admission is granted based on both academic requirements and personal qualities. Academically, international students must have a certain grade (generally around 65-70%) in each of the required courses, which typically include English, math, chemistry and biology. A student's overall academic average or Grade Point Average (GPA) is also considered. The competitive GPA can change from year to year depending on the quality of the applicant pool and the number of places available.
Academic potential is one aspect of the admission process, but a personal essay is also often required in order to assess an international student's motivation, skills and aptitude. Health-related criteria--such as proof of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) level and immunization documentation--may also be requested. Intake is normally in September and January, but international students are advised to apply early given the competition for these programs.
Community college programs in applied health care and technology are more common, and generally have open admission in which applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, admission requires proof of Grade 12 completion with satisfactory standing in specific courses such as English, math and biology. Because graduates often end up working with vulnerable groups and individuals, an personal essay, TB test and criminal record check are often compulsory.
Admission to a career college program in applied health care and technology requires that international applicants demonstrate proficiency in English and math. Additionally, a health and criminal record check are often required. Career colleges differ in that some offer continuous enrolment with programs starting every month; others operate on a more traditional semester system with a fall and/ or winter intake. Many career colleges therefore have no cut-off dates for admission and instead process applications all year round. Others have specific deadlines after which applications are no longer considered. Both community colleges and career colleges with internal scholarships and bursaries may encourage early application in order to qualify for these awards and financial assistance. At this level as well, application consists of an official application form (usually downloaded), a fee, transcripts, and any of the additional requirements mentioned above.While requirements vary between institutions, most career college applied health care and technology programs admit international applicants based on Grade 12 marks, a personal essay, English proficiency, medical test results and criminal record check.