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Centennial College's Healthcare Environmental Services Management (HESM) program was designed to meet the demand for qualified environmental services managers with the ability to develop systems and processes to protect workers, clients and patients from environmental hazards in the health care setting and operate buildings that are safe.
Today's health care environment is changing, and there's an increased need for infection control measures, outbreak or pandemic planning, isolation cleaning levels, emergency preparedness and timely response in the health care setting. In this college health diploma program's courses, you'll learn to develop, implement, and monitor operating systems and preventative maintenance in the housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and transportation areas within the environmental department of a health care facility. You'll also learn about the emergence of new technologies to fight antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" and to help support disease control of bacteria and viruses.
The curriculum will include concepts of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as well as going "green" for a healthier environment and to reduce pollution and the carbon footprint. You'll also research the use of effective eco-friendly products with lower volatile organic compounds.
To help you acquire the necessary skills, the HESM program will also expose you to the industry's best practices and continuous quality improvements to coordinate and monitor building, sanitation, maintenance and operating systems. You'll also be informed of the wide range of environmental issues health care facilities encounter as they work to comply with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Health Canada, Occupational Health and Safety, Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and other regulatory requirements. As part of Public Health Ontario, the PIDAC has created best practice documents, reports and recommendations on matters related to communicable diseases, immunization, and infection prevention and control and surveillance. Centennial's HESM program is recognized as a recommended program that managers and supervisors in environmental service departments can attend when directly related to environmental cleaning in health care.
Through this offering, you'll combine health care environmental service knowledge with business and human relations, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This combination will prepare you to work with a diverse team in this challenging field.
As a Centennial College HESM student and graduate, you may be eligible to apply for Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers' Association and Canadian Association of Environmental Management memberships. Both are recommended for employment opportunities.
- The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program will incorporate classroom lectures, hands-on practical lab experience, field trips and guest speaker presentations.
- Experiential learning and practical skill development will occur on campus in designated lab areas and in computer labs with industry-specific software.
- Included in this School of Community and Health Studies program will be two field placements in semester 3 and 4.
- The diploma you'll earn reflects high standards of learning and transferable skills.
As a Healthcare Environmental Services Management graduate, you'll be able to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Support the provision of a healthy, safe and sanitary health care environment according to guidelines set by current legislation, standards and regulations;
- Analyze infection prevention and control practices to ensure compliance with current legislation standards and regulations;
- Effectively work as part of an interprofessional health care team to ensure successful functioning of the facility;
- Apply quality management principles in compliance with requirements established by the organization and regulatory bodies;
- Manage the health care environmental services operations as outlined by the departmental/organizational business plan;
- Develop ongoing personal and professional development strategies and plans to achieve realistic career goals and to enhance management skills;
- Analyze and evaluate the impact of social, ethical and legal issues on individual and/or organizational operations within a health care environmental services context;
- Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of recruitment, orientation, training, development and retention programs for health care environmental services employees;
- Develop and evaluate a departmental budget that reflects fiscal accountability and financial planning;
- Apply effective human resource management practices to enhance organizational and individual productivity and performance;
- Document, generate and maintain all required records in compliance with current healthcare environmental services regulations, standards and established protocol.
Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio
You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and equity Competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI portfolio and the available supports, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COMM-160/COMM-161||College Communications 1|
|HESM-101||Infection Control 1|
|HESM-102||Cleaning and Linen Methodology 1|
|HESM-103||Role of the Healthcare Environmental Services Manager|
|HESM-108||Math Application for Environmental Services|
|HESM-111||Occupational Health & Safety|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COMM-170/COMM-171||College Communications 2|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
|HESM-107||Communication and Interprofessional Collaboration for Environmental Services|
|HESM-109||Purchasing and Materials Management|
|HESM-201||Infection Control 2|
|HESM-202||Cleaning and Linen Methodology 2|
|HESM-204||Healthcare Business Practices|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
Qualified graduates of this Healthcare Environmental Services Management Diploma program may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.
|Partner Institution||Degree Program|
|Brock University||Bachelor or Honours Degree - multiple majors|
|Honours Bachelor Degree - Public Health|
|Davenport University||Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration|
|Lakehead University||Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors|
|Seneca College||Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies|
|York University||Honours Bachelor degree - any major|
|Honours Health Science and Science - multiple majors|
Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.
For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.
The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program has established field placement partnerships with organizations including: Sienna Senior Living, City of Toronto, Bridgepoint Health Centre, Shepherd Village, St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre, North York General, Ina Grafton-Gage Home (Toronto), Belmont House and Region of Peel.
- Healthcare Environmental Service Management
- Healthcare Facilities & Building Operations Manager
- Healthcare Laundry Supervisor
- Housekeeping and/or Laundry Supervisor
- Environmental Services Management
- Linen and Transportation Supervisor
- Property Manager
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature status (19 years or older)
- English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
- Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission
How to Apply
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1. Apply Online
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Ancillary Fees||Total|