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Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Diplomas and Degrees (formerly Pre-Health Sciences)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1214
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

This Pre-Health Sciences certificate program offers two semesters of full-time study. The program curriculum is designed for students who wish to concentrate on the health sciences field and prepares students for application to Conestoga College's School of Health Sciences advanced diploma or degree programs (Respiratory Therapy, McMaster University Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science degree, etc.). Students wishing to enter Biotechnology Technician, Fitness and Health Promotion, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, and Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant programs are still able to do so by taking either the one-year Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Certificates and Diplomas or upon completion of this one-year Pre-Health Sciences certificate program.

Students will be introduced to the health sciences field, to college life and college workload, and will be able to increase their competitiveness to support their application to health sciences advanced diploma or degree programs.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 210

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Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2015-2016 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Pre-Health Sciences - Program # 1214

Doon - Fall 2015 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
Full-time Program Tuition $1379.00 $1379.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $285.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2142.81 $1868.71

Year Total $4011.52


International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Pre-Health Sciences - Program # 1214


Doon - Fall 2015 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00 $5750.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7153.81 $6614.71

Year Total $13768.52

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

  • Graduates are prepared to enter a variety of career-based programs with the prerequisite skills and knowledge to enhance their level of achievement in the career program of their choice.
  • A five-mark (5) bonus will be granted to any applicant who has successfully completed Conestoga's Pre-Health Sciences program and who is applying to any of the following Conestoga diploma programs: Biotechnology Technician, Fitness and Health Promotion, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant, and Respiratory Therapy.


88% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
BIOL1025 Human Biology I

Description: This course will give students a basic introduction to human biology. Topics covered in this course include cell structure and function, and a general overview of the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems in the human body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive). The course includes laboratory exercises designed to enhance understanding of the lecture material.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CHEM1001 Introductory Chemistry

Description: The course emphasizes terminology, classification of matter, bonding, chemical reactions, nomenclature, properties of solids, liquids, gases and solutions, bases and pH and an introduction to organic chemistry.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1470 Success Strategies for Health Care Careers

Description: This exploratory course is intended to support student success in a postsecondary environment, as well as, to provide a broad overview of the Canadian and Ontario health care system. Students will expand their knowledge and skills in areas such as learning styles, study techniques, note taking, test taking, time management, research and development of academic goals. This course will provide the students with an opportunity to identify current issues, and trends affecting health care in Ontario. Students will have an opportunity to explore the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of various health and science related courses.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1175 Mathematics I for Pre-Health Advanced

Description: This course provides the student with the basic math skills necessary to succeed in their post-secondary health care -related education. Students will recall fundamental math skills such as: order of operations; calculations with fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportion; converting between metric and imperial system measurements; manipulating algebraic equations; solving word problems; creating and interpreting graphs; and interpreting basic statistics. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through lecture and practical application.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours
COMP1076 Computer Software Applications

Description: Students will use Microsoft Office to create reports, electronic presentations, brochures, flyers, posters, and in creating budget models. They research content and imagery using an Internet browser and learn effective electronic filing.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PHYS1115 Physics I for Pre-Health Sciences

Description: Students will apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques to basic physics concepts including kinematics, dynamics, work, energy and power. Students will also be introduced to nuclear physics, with an emphasis on its application to health sciences careers. The course includes laboratory exercises designed to enhance understanding of the lecture material.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
BIOL1010 Biological Sciences

Description: This course will explore various sub-disciplines of biology including cell biology, Genetics, Classification and Evolution, Diseases and Immunity, and Ecology. Students will learn basic concepts in these areas, while continuing to develop critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. Practical laboratory and field exercises will reinforce the lecture material.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BIOL1040 Human Biology II

Description: As a continuation of Human Biology I, this course will give students a more in-depth understanding of human biology. Students will build on their previous knowledge by examining both the anatomical features and physiological processes of each organ system in greater detail than in Human Biology I. Homeostatic imbalances as they relate to medical conditions will also be emphasized. Understanding of the lecture material is enhanced through laboratory exercises.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BIOL1020 or BIOL1025
CoRequisites:

CHEM1130 Chemistry of Biological Molecules for Pre-health Advanced

Description: This course explores the basic concepts of organic and biological chemistry. Organic chemistry will be studied with an emphasis of structures, properties and reactions that are relevant to biological molecules. The course will describe and characterize the four major types of biological molecules, which are, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins. The principles of metabolism will be explored, focusing on the production of biological energy, distinguishing between anabolism and catabolism, emphasizing the involvement of enzymes and cofactors, and examining the interrelationship among the major metabolic pathways. Laboratory exercises designed to reinforce theoretical concepts will be included.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: CHEM1000 or CHEM1001 or CHEM1050
CoRequisites:

COMM1200 English II for Health Sciences

Description: This course is designed to introduce the communication skills necessary for academic and professional success. By analyzing cases that reflect real life communication situations, students will attain the skills in problem solving and decision making required in professional communications. Emphasis will be placed on producing effective written documents. The course also helps students to develop basic oral presentation skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1085 or COMM1190
CoRequisites:

LIBS1140 Cultural Diversity for Health Sciences

Description: This course will explore the health care system and how it addresses diversity. Recognizing that Canada's diversity continues to grow, health care is faced with the challenges and opportunities for health care delivery that is respectful, inclusive and culturally competent. This course will explore the personal, professional and systemic barriers that give rise to prejudice, discrimination and oppression and will compel students to analyze and address issues around diversity from a health care perspective. Special attention is paid to developing a strong awareness of self as it related to diversity issues.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1185 Mathematics II for Pre-Health Advanced

Description: A continuation of Math I for Pre-Health Advanced, this course will enable students to further the concepts and skills learned in Math I. Emphasis will be placed on application of mathematical skills to problems encountered in medical careers. Students will also be introduced to the interpretation of the statistics reported in scientific and health-related research papers. Upon completion of this course, students will have the skills necessary to apply math skills throughout their continuing education.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1175
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours
COMM1030 Interpersonal And Group Dynamics

Description: In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making will be discussed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PHYS1170 Physics II for Pre-Health Sciences

Description: As a continuation of Physics I, this course will examine physics topics other than mechanics. Topics will include current electricity, wave motion, optics, fluids and thermodynamics, which emphasis on applications of these topics in the health sciences. Understanding of the lecture material is enhanced through laboratory exercises.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PHYS1110 or PHYS1115
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.
Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Doon Closed
** Status applicable to domestic students

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