Caring for the Future Regional Health Care Co-operative Education Program
Caring for the Future Brochure
Caring for the Future Application
A wealth of health care opportunities
Have you thought about a career in health care—nursing, physiotherapy, diagnostic imaging? If you have, the Peel District School Board's Regional Health Care Co-operative Education Program will help you achieve that goal.
What is Caring for the Future?
The Caring for the Future program, offered through Brampton Centennial Secondary School and the William Osler Health System, helps students who are interested in health care stay one step ahead of their competition. By participating in the program at the Brampton Civic Hospital, students will gain hands-on experience and learn about professions that help people get well and stay healthy.
The program runs for a full semester, and Caring for the Future students have the opportunity to gain four credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Features of the program may include:
- an opportunity to observe and work in a hospital setting and interact with health care professionals
- the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and training required for a variety of health care occupations
- classroom instruction in basic nursing skills, such as taking vital signs and applying sterile dressings (on Mondays)
- lectures delivered by health care professionals on topics, such as disease and infection control
- field trips to learn more about health care careers, such as Sheridan College to learn about their Registered Practical Nursing program and a tour of simulation lab
Students will complete three placements during the semester at the William Osler Health System—Brampton Civic Hospital. Placements in the hospital may include:
- Acute Care of the Elderly
- Day Surgery
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Inpatient Orthopedic Surgery
- Pediatric Clinic
- Post-partum Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Oncology Clinic
- All grade 11 and 12 Peel board students can apply to the program, regardless of where they live.
- Students must be registered at Brampton Centennial for the duration of the program.
- Must have successfully completed grade 11 Biology (SBI3C/4).
- Must be planning to attend college or university and be seriously interested in exploring a career in the health care sector.
- Students must complete a two-step TB test, flu vaccination and blood work, before placements can start.
- submit a current status sheet and resume, and reference forms completed by a current teacher and a community member
- provide written answers about why they want this co-op placement, how it will help in career planning and what they can contribute in the placement
- participate in an interview
- submit an updated immunization status*
- complete a two-step tuberculin (TB) test*, flu vaccination and blood work, before co-op placements can begin
*TB test takes two to three weeks to complete. Immunization forms will be handed out at the interview.
Co-operative Education Teacher, Regional Health Care Co-op Program
Brampton Centennial Secondary School