- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2015 / 2016
About the Program
This one-year 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, Pre-Service Firefighter, 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 General Arts and Science Health Option 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.
Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 210
- This is a highly competitive program. Apply by February 1 (for September).
- Upon successful completion of the Pre-Health Sciences program, students may apply 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.), as well as to the health sciences diploma programs. Students may also continue, with advanced standing, in the General Arts and Science diploma program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics, C, U or M, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Health Sciences (MATH1395)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants to the BScN program using a pre-health sciences program as the basis for admission should be aware that, beginning in the fall of 2013, the full pre-health sciences program (no exemptions or equivalencies) should be completed in the year immediately prior to the applicant's anticipated start date in the BScN program.
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs may apply.
- After one year (two terms), if students decide not to apply or are not admitted to a health-science or nursing program, they may continue in the General Arts and Science diploma program.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe 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.
- 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, Pre-Service Firefighter, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant, and Respiratory Therapy.
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.
For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.
|BIOL1025||Human Biology I|
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills|
|HEAL1470||Success Strategies for Health Care Careers|
|MATH1175||Mathematics I for Pre-Health Advanced|
|Electives: Program Option||Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours|
|COMP1076||Computer Software Applications|
|PHYS1110||Physics I - Mechanics|
|BIOL1040||Human Biology II|
|CHEM1130||Chemistry of Biological Molecules for Pre-health Advanced|
|COMM1200||English II for Health Sciences|
|LIBS1140||Cultural Diversity for Health Sciences|
|MATH1185||Mathematics II for Pre-Health Advanced|
|Electives: Program Option||Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours|
|COMM1030||Interpersonal And Group Dynamics|
|PHYS1170||Physics II for Pre-Health Sciences|
- Discuss basic scientific concepts (in biology, physics, chemistry), particularly as they relate to the human body and its care.
- Discuss the Canadian Health Care System and the role of the various careers within that system.
- Develop insight into both self and society through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects.
- Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to advance communication competence to a level required for entry into the health care delivery field.
- Employ critical thinking processes and problem-solving techniques.
- Evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen and a health care worker in society.
- Develop basic vocational skills required to succeed in Health Science careers.
- Apply personal success strategies in order to enhance career opportunities.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
Apply NowDomestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
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Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.
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.