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Careers in Health Sciences

Health Sciences graduates can take further studies in graduate health sciences programs or in professional programs, including medicine, dentistry, education, health administration, pharmacy, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine. The program is specifically designed to allow students the opportunity to meet the course requirements for health-allied postgraduate programs such as chiropractic, occupational therapy, speech pathology, optometry and respiration therapy, as well as to build most of the core competencies covered in professional school admission tests such as the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), DAT (Dentistry Aptitude Test) and OAT (Optometry Admissions Test).

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • cardiovascular perfusionist
  • child life specialist
  • chiropractor
  • dental lab technician
  • dentist
  • epidemiologist
  • genetic counsellor
  • global health professional
  • health care administrator
  • medical doctor
  • medical imaging technician
  • midwife
  • naturopath
  • nuclear medicine technologist
  • nurse/nurse practitioner
  • optometrist
  • pharmaceutical sales representative
  • pharmacist
  • physician assistant
  • podiatrist
  • public health planner/educator
  • public policy analyst
  • radiation therapist
  • rehabilitation sciences (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, audiologist, speech-language pathologist)
  • researcher

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • colleges and universities
  • community health organizations
  • fertility centres
  • government
  • health advocacy organizations
  • health research centres
  • hospitals
  • long-term care facilities
  • medical offices
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • public health agencies
  • private practice
  • research labs
  • social service agencies
  • wellness centres

Online Resources

  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Canadian Dental Association
  • Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • The Canadian Public Health Association

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • lab technician
  • pharmaceutical representative
  • quality assurance technician
  • research assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Doctor: Medicine, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Naturopathic Medicine.
  • Master’s degree: Public Health, Health Informatics, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Epidemiology.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Education.
  • College program: Paramedicine, Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy Technician.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • chiropractor
  • eHealth integrated projects co-lead
  • epidemiologist
  • medical doctor
  • osteopath
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • public health policy planner
  • public health practitioner
  • speech-language pathologist

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Apply the scientific method as it pertains to various academic and professional disciplines.
  • Gather, understand, critically appraise and integrate scientific literature for research purposes.
  • Apply a multidisciplinary perspective to various health issues across diverse contexts while engaging in self-directed learning.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour, assess one’s strengths and weaknesses effectively and develop an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain scientific knowledge, information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities and meet deadlines, and manage time, data and resources.
  • Think critically and make objective, evidence-based decisions.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Medical School Admission Requirements

Graduate Studies

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Provincial and National Agencies

Contact Us:

Health Sciences

E: healthsciences@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4501
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, BA534, Waterloo Campus