Admissions - September 2023
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- A minimum of six (6) Grade 12 courses with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, including three (3) required U level courses and three (3) additional U or M level courses (Higher averages are often required for admission due to competition for available spaces in the program.)
- The following Grade 12 U courses are required:
- English (ENG4U), with a minimum average of 65%
- One (1) Grade 12 Mathematics course with a minimum average of 65% from the following: Advanced Functions (MHF4U) OR Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) OR Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- Grade 12 Biology with a minimum average of 65% (SBI4U)
- Three (3) other Grade 12 U or M courses
Note re: admission requirements
- Successful completion of a pre-health sciences degree pathway program from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) with two semesters of the required science and mathematics will be considered acceptable as meeting the U level requirements. Minimum averages will apply.
- Advanced standing pathways are available for graduates with diplomas in Health Information Management or in Conestoga’s Health Office Administration program.
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88 (effective January 2024 with no individual skill less than 22; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; Cambridge Exams 180 with no individual score less than 170; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but who have met all other admission criteria. You will be eligible for admission to the degree program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science – English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Academic strength is calculated by averaging marks from the three required courses (see Admission Requirements) and the three additional U or M courses. If more than three additional courses are submitted, the courses with the highest marks will be used.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs may apply.
- Graduates of Conestoga's Health Office Administration diploma may be eligible for admission into third year with a modified timetable of courses. Minimum averages apply. Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of academic performance (grades). Please apply to program 4131C.
- Graduates of a Health Information Management diploma may be eligible for admission into third year with a modified timetable of courses. Minimum averages apply. Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of academic performance (grades). Please apply to program 3131C.
- Graduates of relevant health or science degree programs may be eligible for admission into second year with a modified timetable of courses. Minimum averages apply. Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of academic performance (grades). Please apply to program 5131C.
- Applicants must have basic computer literacy.
- Starting in fall 2020, students in this academic program are required to participate in the Lease Your Own Device (LYOD) program offered by Conestoga College.
- Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in teams and leadership.
- Mandatory work-integrated learning (WIL) document requirements must be completed by students prior to student WIL experiences. Successful WIL completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for WIL experiences, students must present the following practicum requirements by the deadline indicated on the practicum package which will be distributed in class at the beginning of year two:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, varicella, polio, COVID-19 and hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October – March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-Step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- A Police Check for Venerable Sector Screening (VSS) or Police Information Check (PIC) to be completed prior to year 2 work term; type of Police Check to be confirmed by your Program Coordinator. Police checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in WIL experiences which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for WIL is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of WIL start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
- The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows:
- Minimum 65% session weighted average in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
- Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
- Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing)
- Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared
- Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term
- Should a student’s academic performance decline considerably during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term
- In the case of back to back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term
- Where two or more work terms occur back to back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term
- Students in degree programs may only fail/defer each work term in their program design once
Pre-Workplace-Integrated Learning (WIL) FAQ
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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga College offers the ability for a degree completion in the Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (Honours) program.
Ministry consentConestoga College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term commencing April 29, 2019. Conestoga shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent to deliver is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for all degree programs at all Ontario colleges.
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