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Pre-Health Sciences

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.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 210


Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

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 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, 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:

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.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
BIOL1025 Human Biology I
CHEM1001 Introductory Chemistry
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
Level Two
BIOL1010 Biological Sciences
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

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The 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 Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

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.

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

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