Now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 online Orientation course!
Session begins Monday, September 16, 2013 and runs through Sunday, December 1, 2013.
Application deadline is Friday, September 6, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
General Course Information
- What will I learn?
- How will I learn?
- When will I learn?
- What will I have to show if I take the course?
- Is this the same as a bridging program?
- Will there be an exam?
- When will the course be offered?
- Are there particular times during the day that I must be online to complete course activities?
- Will there be classroom sessions available for the Orientation course?
Admissions and Applications
- How are decisions made about applications?
- Does that mean that I may not be able to get into the course?
- I have/have not arrived in Canada but wish to pursue Canadian licensure. May I attend the course?
- I’m already practicing in Canada but find that I need more exposure to the concepts and skills in this course. May I attend?
- I am in Canada on a temporary work visa/study permit. Can I still take this course?
- Why are you charging $325 for the course? I can’t really afford it.
English Fluency Requirement
- Can you explain why there is a fluency requirement?
- What is the English fluency requirement?
- Where can I get my English fluency tested?
Online Learning Format
- I'm interested in the online course but am not too sure about whether it's right for me.
- I'm not sure if I have the right combination of skills and computer equipment to succeed in this learning environment. What type of support can you suggest?
General Course Information
You will learn about:
- Culture and its impact on health care
- Federal and provincial health care systems
- Patient safety issues and your role in this important area
- Patient-centered care
- Collaboration with other professions, patients and caregivers
- Resolving ethical dilemmas
- Communicating effectively
- Canadian expectations surrounding professionalism and life-long learning
- Professional regulatory and advocacy organizations
Above all, you will learn together, in a supportive learning environment, designed to foster teamwork and mutual respect.
You will be part of an online group of up to 50 peers. Your facilitator will be a health care professional, licensed in Canada with extensive clinical experience in his or her field. The course will be delivered in an interactive way: discussion and debate will be encouraged, and sharing of different viewpoints will build shared understanding.
Online learning can be completed at any time and provides flexibility for those with work and family responsibilities, as well as access for those unable to attend classroom sessions. Each unit of the online course will be completed in 1 week. You must be organized and good at managing your time in order to be successful in this type of learning.
In addition to having regular access to a computer, you will need to be comfortable with basic computer skills. For example, opening a web browser, attaching files and using e-mail are our starting points. Access to high speed internet will provide a more efficient learning experience.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion that you are encouraged to retain in your records, and add to your resume. You will also have a network of peers, exposure to an array of services and individuals in the health care professions, and new knowledge and skills that you can apply throughout your career in Canada.
Although you may not have time to explore all of the areas we will discover, you may wish to revisit many topics in the future, and these materials will be valuable to you beyond the limited time you are in the course.
Importantly, you will be prepared for starting your new practice in Canada by being oriented to the system and its norms before you arrive in Canada so that you may get off to a strong start.
Bridging programs are designed to provide education in areas that are very specific to your own profession; they are quite focused and distinct. In a bridging program, you learn with others in the same profession. In this Orientation course, you will learn alongside many other health professionals.
The topics in “Orientation to the Canadian Heath Care System, Culture and Context” are relevant to all health care professionals. What you learn in this course will provide an excellent foundation for further study, and for your future practice in Canada.
A final exam will take place over the last weekend of the course, covering the entire course content. This multiple choice exam will be 90 minutes long, and students will have the option of accessing it at any time during the final weekend. You must pass this exam to be considered for a certificate of completion. A formative mid-course exam will take place around the midpoint of the session to familiarize you to the online examination system.
When will the course be offered?
The course will be offered three times annually. Please refer to the website for the most current date. We encourage you to contact the office at email@example.com so that we are aware of your interest in future programming.
The advantage of the online course is that the readings and activities in each unit may be completed at your convenience within the time that the unit is open. Since your facilitators and classmates will be located across Canada and the rest of the world, the time difference between the students and the facilitators have precluded the involvement of ‘live’ activities in the course. However, students will still have ample opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from the facilitators through discussion forums and responses to journal activities.
There are no current plans to run a classroom session for the Orientation course.
Admissions and Applications
Each application is considered individually. You will receive acknowledgement that we have received your application, as well as requests to provide any outstanding documentation.
Once documentation has been received, a decision will be made based on the criteria of fluency and health profession.
This is an interprofessional course, and the aim is to have participants from different health professions learn about the Canadian health care system together. In order to facilitate this, we will seek to have balanced classes and may have to limit the numbers of any one profession in the course.
As the number of courses being offered is limited and there may be large numbers of some professions applying, we may not be able to offer admission to everyone who wants to take the course at this time. However, if the classes are filled we will generate a waiting list and try our best to accommodate learners who want to take the course. We encourage all interested participants to apply. This will also give us an idea of future demand for the course and will guide course offerings in future.
The course is designed for applicants who have already arrived in Canada or are 3-6 months away from immigration to Canada. Students will be enrolled in the same course regardless of their stage of immigration in order to offer an enriched learning experience.
The course is designed for learners who have not been licensed, and have not yet practiced in Canada. In future, the course may be offered to those who are already practicing. Doing so will require different learning activities and some redevelopment of course materials. We do encourage you to contact the admissions office and express your interest.
If you are a licensed healthcare professional and are in Canada on a temporary work visa, you are eligible to take this course. You must intend to obtain Canadian licensure in a healthcare profession and meet the program's fluency requirements.
The tuition for the course is no longer subsidized by the Health Care Strategies and Policy Contribution Program, Health Canada (Health Policy Branch). The $325 charge is to offset the cost of developing materials, administration, and teaching. We are unfortunately unable to offer partial fee waivers at this time. However, we may be able to work with your social assistance agency if needed. If you have further questions, please contact the office.
English Fluency Requirement
Applicants will be required to demonstrate objective evidence of fluency in English in order to participate fully in the course and derive as much benefit as possible. There are no plans at this time to offer the online Orientation sessions in a language other than English.
The course is designed for learners with a score equal to or greater than an IELTS score of 6.5 or CLB of 7. The equivalent acceptable TOEFL, CLB, MELAB, etc. scores are determined through individual assessment by the Admissions office. The fluency requirement is in place to facilitate student learning and interaction; individuals with lower scores will likely not be able to participate fully and hence, will derive subpar benefit. Please visit the “register” section for the most up-to-date requirements.
If you are not at the required level of fluency, your pre-arrival or local Canadian settlement agency may offer free language instruction or support. Upgrading your language scores is time well spent and will help you to become settled in Canada and in the Canadian licensing process.
The International English Language Testing System is provided in multiple locations internationally. It may also be available at your immigration assistance agency. However, students may also provide an objective evaluation from an international fluency testing agency such as the TOEFL, TOEIC or CLB. Please consult their individual websites for additional information about testing sites in your area.
Online Learning Format
Online learning offers the advantage of convenience and flexibility. It may be more convenient for you if you have work and family responsibilities that prevent you from participating at a set time every day. The course may be completed wherever you have a computer with internet access - there is no need to spend time travelling to and from class. Finally, it allows access to the course and collaboration between learners who are located far from one another physically and would not normally interact.
Research has shown that there is no significant difference in results between online learning and classroom based. Also, there will be a high degree of interaction in an online course through the use of discussion forums and feedback from your facilitator. You will also have the opportunity to connect with your peers - in the same profession and otherwise - who are in the same immigration situation as you, and who may very well be working in the same community as yourself upon arrival in Canada.
You should be aware online learning doesn't take place in "real time", so it can take longer than a classroom based session, and unfolds differently. For example, you will read and respond to classmates' comments at your own pace, which may mean that your classmate is offline and not immediately available to respond. But this can be an advantage too; you can think about your response and take time to compose it. And everyone has a chance to contribute, which doesn’t always happen in a classroom setting.
When you apply, we will ask you to complete a brief survey of your computer skills, access to equipment, and other factors necessary to succeed as part of your Online Learning Assessment. We'll ask you to provide us with a summary (on a form we provide) of the areas where you feel you need help and we'll work together to make sure this is the right option for you. We want you to be ready to go on the first day of class online!
These are the minimum computer equipment requirements that you would need in order to participate in the online course:
- Screen Resolution: 1024 X 768
- Browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Safari, or Google Chrome
- Plug-ins: Flash 9 or greater
- High Speed Internet Connection
- Hardware: Speakers or headphones
- Software: Adobe Reader
For admissions, please contact the admissions officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For technical support, please contact Donald Wong at email@example.com.
For all other project or program information, please contact Marie Rocchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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