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Health Science Foundations - General Arts & Science Health Option

College Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016
Notice: The curriculum for this program is currently under review.

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.

Program Information

Length: One-year Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2016 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 105

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

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

  • A five-mark (5) bonus will be granted to any applicant who has successfully completed Conestoga's Health Science Foundation - General Arts & Science Health Option 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, and Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapist 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) 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:

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.

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
BIOL1050 Cell Biology and Introduction to Anatomy
CHEM1011 Chemistry I for Health Sciences Foundations
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
COMP1076 Computer Software Applications
HEAL1470 Success Strategies for Health Care Careers
MATH1505 Foundational Mathematics for Health Sciences
Level Two
BIOL1060 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Sciences
CHEM1021 Chemistry II for Health Sciences Foundations
COMM1200 English II for Health Sciences
HEAL1620 Health Care Fundamentals
MATH1525 Math Applications for Health Sciences
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

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**
JAN, 2015 Doon Wait List
SEP, 2015 Doon Open
JAN, 2016 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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