Health Science Foundations - General Arts & Science Health Option
About the Program
This one-year Health Option certificate program offers two semesters of full-time study. It 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 diploma programs.
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 programs.
Length: One-year Certificate program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2015 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 105
- 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)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- 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 apply.
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.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
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 Aid/Awards
Upon successful completion of the two-semester GEneral Arts and Science (GAS) - Health Option, students may apply to health sciences diploma programs, including Biotechnology Technician, Dietetic Technician, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Pre-Service Firefighter, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, and Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant. Students may also continue with advanced standing in the GAS one-year certificate or two-year diploma program. Students wishing to apply for advanced diploma (Respiratory Therapy) or degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science etc.) must take the Pre-Health Sciences program.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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 contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- 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 that he/she may develop communication competence to a level required for entry into the health care delivery field.
- Employ critical thinking processes and problem-solving techniques.
- Discuss basic scientific concepts (in biology and chemistry) as they relate to the human body.
- Employ basic vocational skills required to succeed in the area of the Health Sciences.
- Apply personal success strategies in order to enhance career opportunities.
- Discuss the Canadian Health Care System and the role of the various careers within that system.
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
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
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
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.