Admissions - September 2022
- 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 (COMM1250), or equivalent
- Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M (U/C), or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1395), OR Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Chemistry (SCIE1030), OR Grade 11 or 12 Physics, C or U, or equivalent, OR ACE Physics (OLRN1590)
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Biology (SCIE1010)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: admission requirements
- Admission requirements for this program may be met by completing Conestoga's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas. However, students wishing to pursue a degree after graduation from this diploma program should consider enrolling in a Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program to meet admission requirements.
- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, C or U, or equivalent or Conestoga College Preparatory Chemistry (SCIE1030) is recommended but not mandatory.
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects (60% in Fall 2020). 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 mathematical background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
Mandatory practicum document requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following by the deadline indicated on the practicum package which will be distributed in class at the end of year one:
- 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.
- Standard First Aid and CPR – BLS Level
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record will result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical meaning the student will not be able to successfully complete the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date.
- Students will be required to complete a Food Handler Certificate.
- In addition, students are responsible for costs associated with respirator fit testing required for clinical practice.
- This is an eText program. Learn about our eText initiative.
Pathways and credit transfer
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)
Learn more about PLAR.
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. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.