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Programs 21-40
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Community Wellness Worker

The program goal is to ensure that graduates will have the skills necessary for enhancing the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well being of children and families in their communities by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors. The program is geared for caregivers from various disciplines (child welfare, health centers, school counselors, addictions programs, mental health workers, youth workers) from First Nation communities, Metis settlements and urban Aboriginal agencies.

Educational Counselor

Educational counselors advise students on educational, personal and career-related issues and co-ordinate counseling services for students, parents and teachers.

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant help dentists during the examination and treatment of patients. They prepare treatment rooms, instruct patients on oral care, take and process dental x-rays (under supervision) and perform office clerical duties

Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienists provide hygiene treatments and educate the public about the prevention of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. Main duties include examining and collecting patients' health histories, applying fluoride treatments, cleaning and stimulating the gums to prevent gum disease and instructing patients on oral hygiene practices.

Dental Technician
Dental Technicians design, construct and repair a variety of dental devices that are prescribed by a variety of dental devices that are prescribed by dentists, orthodontists and denturists. Main duties of a Dental Technician include designing, fabricating and modifying dentures, crowns, inlays, onlays, posts and cores.

Dental Therapist

Dental therapists carry out limited dental services related to the prevention and treatment of diseases/disorders of the teeth and mouth. They may remove stains and deposits from teeth, take dental impressions and X-rays, fill cavities, extract teeth, and replace portions of tooth crowns

Dentists diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of the teeth and tissues of the mouth. In general practice dentists examine patients' teeth, gums and jaws to diagnose disease, injury and decay. They clean teeth, remove decay and fill cavities, extract teeth and make molds for bridges and dentures. With additional training a Dentist can specialize and become an endodontists, oral surgeons, oral pathologists, pediatric dentists or practice oral medicine.

Early Childhood Development
ECD courses cover a wide range of subject areas and give the student valuable insight into the realities of employment within the field. Classes are complemented by discussions, workshops, group projects, and problem-solving scenarios which keep students active in the learning process.
The classroom is only the first step in an educational journey that will lead students to explore other mediums for learning, including extra-curricular assignments and visits to early childhood centers. MacEwan's demonstration daycare center not only provide high quality care, but also provide a valuable experiential setting to apply theory to practice.

Child & Youth Care
Realistic, practical training prepares you to make a difference in the lives of your clients. The dynamics of youths are explored through courses in adolescent development and special issues in youth care. Additional study in relationship development, group process and family dynamics enhance your personal growth. Skill-based courses in family support and intervention, youth counseling, teamwork, and activities programming combined with hands-on field placement give you the tools to move into immediate employment.


MacEwan's Acupuncture diploma prepares you to become a Registered Acupuncturist in Alberta, subject to the successful completion of the provincial registration examination administered by the Health Disciplines Board. Our curriculum is based on the latest national and international standards of competency, ensuring that your skills and knowledge are global. MacEwan's program serves as the benchmark for registration in Alberta, and we're proud to be the only public, post-secondary program of this kind approved by Alberta Learning.

Psychiatric Nursing

Delivered on-site at Alberta Hospital Ponoka, the program offers small class sizes, well qualified faculty, diversity in teaching strategies, and a warm supportive learning environment. The curriculum provides extensive theory, building on concepts from the discipline and practice of nursing and psychiatric nursing, as well as from the physical, biological, medical and social sciences, and the humanities.
Clinical placements are strategically positioned throughout the program. The program concludes with an extended clinical practice course that facilitates consolidation of learning and sets a solid foundation for a successful and fulfilling career in psychiatric nursing.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to write the registration exams with the Registered Psychiatric Nursing Association of Alberta. Students wishing to continue their education in this field have a number of options for degree completion through both full-time and part-time studies.

Mental Health
Existing mental health services often come from a western, medical approach that doesn't reflect the needs of Aboriginal people. Holistic and cultural approaches to mental health recognize that body, mind, emotion, spirit, and their interconnections to family and community are necessary to maintaining health and wellness.
With courses in history, human development, psychopathology, and counseling, the first year of the program lays a foundation for more specialized study. In the second year, students approach issues of grief and loss, violence and abuse, addictions and suicide. With assessment, crisis intervention, and counseling practice, the student completes three field placements, preparing them for the challenges of the field.

Holistic Health Practitioner
Learning takes place in an environment that facilitates critical thinking and analytic skills, self-directed learning and group process skills. Expect to find an open and honest learning process that actively engages the learner in the learning process and in decisions regarding the evaluation process. In a culture that generally judges a book by its cover, isn't it timely that this program focuses on the inside and explores the individual's unique journey through life?

Hearing Aid Practitioner
The program is offered through distance delivery, so that it is accessible to students regardless of the limits imposed by geography and time. Students may choose from two distance instructional methods, internet or print delivery. Internet delivery courses require students to have access to an accredited tutor with whom they may practice hands-on activities. Print-delivered courses require that students come to Grant MacEwan College once each term to gain the practical experiences with their instructor. Regardless which method students choose, they benefit from personal instruction via phone or e-mail from the faculty.
The program is designed so graduates can develop effective relationships with clients, families, communities and other professionals to promote hearing health. Courses provide theoretical and practical knowledge in communication, hearing assessment, aural rehabilitation, professional practice, and business management. Our close ties to the industry allow us to identify and teach the skills our graduates will need to maintain their competitive edge.

Emergency Communications and Response
Through the introduction of 9-1-1 to the almagamation of emergency services, the field of emergency communications has followed a natural evolution that parallels the rise of satellite, computer and telecommunications technology. As the field becomes more complex and highly specialized, the demand for skilled professionals has grown accordingly. Emergency communications Officers must be able to multi-task, utilize hi-tech equipment, and think quickly and critically in a stressful environment.
From managing a commercial call center to coordinating emergency services within complex organizations, your education at MacEwan prepares you to work in the dynamic and ever-expanding field of communications.

Rehabilitation Practitioner
Classroom instruction and supervised field placements give you a total educational experience. With courses in psychology, ethics, communications, and a broad overviews of disabilities, this professional diploma transfers directly to the University of Calgary, Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies delivered on-site at MacEwan's South Campus.
Learners can expect to acquire knowledge and skills in:
- Interpersonal relationships
- Teaching and facilitating personal growth and goal attainment
- Causes, effects and interventions related to a variety of disabilities
- Understanding and supporting families
- Working effectively in organizations and services systems
- Values, philosophies and approaches to rehabilitation

Occupational Health Nurse
The scope of practice for occupational health nursing is broad and encompasses the application of theoretical principles in management, health assessment and education, counseling, program development and a wide range of practical health promotion skills.
Distance delivery allows you to complete the entire certificate (30 credits) through independent study at your convenience. Learning materials are provided by mail or online, and instructor support is available toll-free over the telephone. Written modules are supported with textbooks, videos, workshops, field placements, and assignments.
With courses covering industrial hygiene, disability management, occupational toxicology and health surveillance, the OHN program gives you a broad overview of current issues and a very defined focus on professional practices.

Nurse Credentialing
Canada is experiencing a shortage of Registered Nurses. Your education skills are already there. MacEwan can help you refresh those skills, catch up to changes in the system, and if required, prepare to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.
Recognizing that different learners have different needs, Nurse Credentialing has been set up as a part-time, distance delivery program. Learners across Canada can access materials and instructor support, and local clinical experiences can be arranged. That's why MacEwan has helped more nurses return to the profession than any institution in the country.
The curriculum is designed to provide an update in all aspects of nursing and is based on the Canadian Nurses Association's "Blueprint for the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination." The Curriculum covers nursing issues throughout the lifespan and is complementary to the work of other health care professionals.

Medical Laboratory Technology
As part of the health care team, the Medical Laboratory Technologist performs a large variety of laboratory tests and procedures that assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
The first year of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program consists of 39 weeks of classroom instruction and related practical laboratory sessions at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. All courses in Year One must be successfully completed before proceeding into Year Two.
The second year of the Program is 42 weeks in length and is spent at an affiliated clinical training site. The affiliated clinical sites are in Edmonton (AB), New Westminster (BC), Prince George (BC), or Victoria (BC), which can include exposure to acute care hospitals, community health centers and private laboratories. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of the concepts studied at NAIT and on development of technical and organizational skills. Students also have the opportunity to apply computers and Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) to the analyzes of specimens.

Medical Transcription
The objective of this one-year program is to train the student to be a medical language specialist for employment in hospitals, medical offices, insurance companies, and a variety of other settings in which graduates of this program are required. The student learns medical transcription, word processing, medical office administration, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and disease processes.