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Launch of forward-thinking programs positions Sheridan graduates to solve real-world problems

Jun 6, 2022

From fostering a deeper understanding of machine intelligence, to building cities with growing populations in mind, Sheridan is launching a series of new programs to empower students with the ability to find solutions to complex problems.

The new programs, which include five post-graduate certificates and one honours baccalaureate degree program, were created with an eye towards the future, geared towards graduates and mature students already in the workforce.

The five new post-graduate certificates include: Clinical Kinesiology, Clinical Research, Internet of Things and Machine Intelligence, Regulatory Affairs and Urban Design. The new degree program, Honours Bachelor of Social and Community Development, is designed for individuals who have completed a diploma in Social Service Work, Social Service Work – Gerontology, Community Work or high affinity programs.

All programs were developed with insight from industry professionals who brought real-world experience and intel into the key skills workers need in today’s evolving economy.

“At Sheridan, we recognize that the world is always changing, and the education we provide our students must remain forward-thinking,” said Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “Learning is a life-long journey. By continuing to launch programs that are innovative and reflect the rapidly changing pace of industry, we are helping professionals upgrade their skills, gain new specialized knowledge, and remain indispensable to their organizations.”

Registration is currently open for all new programs. Learn more about them below.

Clinical Kinesiology

Applying knowledge acquired from their Kinesiology degree in clinical environments through a blend of problem-based learning and supervised placements, graduates of this innovative program will be armed with 728 hours of hands-on experience – more than any other kinesiology program in Ontario.

Professors in this program also teach in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Health Sciences — Kinesiology and Health Promotion degree program and have real-world experience with clients. Our instructors know every patient is different and will help students plan and execute customized programs.

“The learning strategy for this program was modeled after a leading medical school and is focused around problem-based learning. This means students will be faced with various case-based scenarios that will incorporate the common conditions, diseases, limitations and complications their clients/patients will experience in real-life.”

– Dr. Tanya Holloway, Program Coordinator

Clinical Research 

More doctors and health-care professionals are turning to evidence-based medicine – the practice of using the scientific evidence from clinical research to make decisions. This is prompting governments to invest more in research and development, leading to an increasing number of clinical trials. Organizations are looking for employees that are knowledgeable about current practices.

Supported by video lectures and virtual reality (VR) labs that simulate real-world consenting rooms, students studying this burgeoning field will develop both the general and specialized skillsets needed to work in clinical research.

“The Clinical Research program offers individuals invaluable academic and practical knowledge to ensure that the skills learnt and knowledge acquired are transferable into the field.”

– Farihah Ali, Program Coordinator

Internet of Things and Machine Intelligence

Use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is projected to triple by 2030 as businesses and consumers become more reliant on smart connected devices. Designed for graduates of technology programs and mature students already working in the industry, Sheridan’s Internet of Things and Machine Intelligence certificate is the first program of its kind in Ontario and aims to help students build, maintain and operate intelligent IoT systems that make our world better, safer and more efficient.

Students will study concepts that are critical in making intelligent and connected digital systems, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, sensors and machines, robotics, cybersecurity, and edge computing.

“From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, you’re using intelligent IoT technology. Five or ten years ago, we were talking about the smart homes of the future. Now, our homes are packed with smart devices powered by IoT technologies. It has affected many aspects of our life. We need to be literate about the technology we’re using.”

– Weijing Ma, Program Coordinator

Regulatory Affairs

Now, more than ever, the health industry needs trained specialists to ensure new products comply with national and international regulations.

After one year of collaborative and interactive learning through simulated lecture halls and virtual reality labs, students will learn how to inspect and audit food and agricultural products, drugs, veterinary products, surgical equipment, medical devices and more. When students graduate, they’ll be prepared to help companies gain approval to manufacture and market products.

“With constant innovations and products being discovered, the process of regulatory affairs will always be needed to ensure they are developed, inspected and meet quality standards before public use.”

– Farihah Ali, Program Coordinator

Urban Design

Cities need designers who understand the built environment – the human-made layout of the communities in which people live, work and play. This eight-month certificate responds to that demand, preparing students to design urban environments that are connected, inclusive and sustainable.

Students will be able to put the concepts of mobility, wayfinding, placemaking and ecology into practice during a field placement. Sheridan is one of the few colleges in Canada to offer this niche training, traditionally taught in master’s level studies.

“You can't build land, but you can build buildings. As populations increase, where do people go? We have to build upwards instead of outwards, and we need these new spaces to be connected, inclusive and sustainable.”

– Jordan Martin, Program Coordinator

Honours Bachelor of Social and Community Development 

Designed for individuals who have completed a diploma in Social Service Work, Social Service Work – Gerontology, or Community Work, students will research and provide solutions to real-world issues brought forward by our community partners.

This program is built to address the needs of human service organizations, who require workers with critical thinking, research and leadership abilities.

“Whether it is a pandemic, changes to funding models, or evolving trends in programming, our graduates will have the resources that they need to navigate and flourish within the non-profit and voluntary sector.”

– Dr. Bethany Osborne, Program Coordinator
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