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Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

2019/20 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1214
School of Health & Life Sciences

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.


To the School of Health & Life Sciences

Your Bridge to Practice

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What does this mean for you?

  • The opportunity to become the professional you aspire to be.
  • The opportunity to learn in specialized settings with real-life scenarios,.
  • The opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in a unique inter-professional environment.
  • The opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, social and study spaces in our Cowan Health Sciences Centre, as well as other unique learning resources such as the Motz Emergency Service Bays in the Regional of Waterloo Paramedic Services Station, the WeConnect Agora, and the Simulation Centres in the Living Classrooms.
  • The opportunity to become a "preferred graduate", selected by your future employers. 

Top 5 Expectations of You

1. Use MyConestoga to connect to:

  • Your Conestoga Email: (e.g. John Smith, Student Number 1234567, jsmith4567@conestogac.on.ca): This is the official communication channel for everything related to your academic requirements. Communication with faculty and staff should only happen through your Conestoga email account. Communication via other accounts may not be responded to. Check MyConestoga regularly and respond as requested.
  • eConestoga: This is your resource for all course-based program activity and information, as well as course-based communication with the faculty.
  • Student Portal: You will find your final grade information, college tuition invoices, class schedules and absence reporting on this portal.
  • Placement Health Requirements: This service provides you with the requirements to enter into practice settings.

2. Know and plan around your academic schedule

  • Course Schedule: This is a timetable of all your classes for each semester.
  • The Academic Year Critical Dates: Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop and withdrawal, are located on the college website. Programs with exams outside this time will be notified by the academic area.

3. Be the professional you wish to become:

  • Act respectfully and professionally, as these behaviours are the key to your learning experiences.
  • Present in professional dress and conduct: See Professional Conduct section for professionalism expectations for your program. The college's Student Guide provides you with the Student Rights and Responsibilites at Conestoga.
  • Pre-WIL Health Requirements: Pay attention to the deadlines listed on your documents. Complete the tasks as required; as without these, you will not be able to progress to your work-integrated learning (WIL) and program completion will be in jeopardy. 
  • Social Media: Use responsibly and respectfully. See Standards of Conduct section of the Handbook.

4. Attend classes and labs to enhance your success:

  • Attendance Expectations: Attendance for class, labs and placement/WIL are in place to support your learning and experiences as a future professional. See Attendance and Student Success Strategies section in the Handbook.
  • Absence from Evaluations: Must be reported in the Student Portal before your scheduled evaluation time. See Attendance for Evaluation section in the Handbook.
  • Request for Accommodation for Religious Holidays: Request must be submitted to your Program Coordinator as per course schedule. See Religious Holidays sections in the Handbook.

5. Take responsibility for your academic status:

  • Student Records: For any questions concerning your student record, academic status and/or program withdrawals, please contact your Program Coordinator.
  • Fee Payments: Payment is required to attend classes. Check your Student Portal for invoices.
  • Credit Transfer/Exemptions: Conestoga supports the transferability of academic credits between programs and educational institutions through recognized transfer pathways, articulation agreements and course-to-course equivalences. Please refer to the Student Guide for more information.
  • Student Forms: To access forms, please go to the Student Forms page.
  • Academic Policies and Procedures: Are found under Policies and Procedures. Please review the Rights and Responsibilities website. 
  • Student Affairs Policies and Procedures: Are found on the Student Affairs page.

Top 5 Resources for You

1. Your teaching team 

  • Contact Information: Is posted on eConestoga and in your Handbook (Relationships section).
  • Appointments: Book appointments (in person, by phone, email) to ensure resources are available.
  • Email Inquiries: will be answered within two business days.
  • Urgent help: Program Assistants are available to help you reach a member of the teaching team (contact information in Relationships section of the Handbook).

2. Counselling and services

  • College Counselling: Professional counsellors can help you achieve your educational goals, and provide support related to stress management, anxiety, depression, transition issues, family issues, and other concerns. Counselling is free, voluntary and confidential.  To make an appointment, please refer to the Counselling services website.
  • Good2Talk: Confidential 24-hour phone line for stresses, big and small (1-866-925-5454).
  • Conestoga Security: Provides safety and security services. Refer to the Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security Services and procedures.
  • Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services  provides you with options to finance your post-secondary education. Students in need of emergency financial assistance, please follow this link for more information. 
  • CSI Food Bank: The CSI Food Bank is an emergency food relief program for Conestoga students. Please follow this link.
  • Health Services: These services include a family doctor and a nurse. Please follow this link.
  • Facility Information: Refer to the Student Guide for information on after-hours parking, classroom and computer labs.

3. Accessibility services

  • Students with Documented Disabilities are encouraged to book an appointment with Accessibility Services to access accommodations. Disability-related documentation will be required to book an appointment. Please refer to the Accessibility Services webpage for more information.
  • Adaptive Technology Aids and Special Facilities: Adaptive Aids are arranged through Accessibility Services. Accessible washrooms are located throughout the campus. Contact the Adaptive Technology Lab for more information on adaptive technology aids. 

4. Student study spaces and general supports

Cowan Health Sciences Centre (F-wing)

  • Student Lounge Space on each floor. Outlets and charging stations are located throughout these areas.
  • Student Meeting Room Space:  For more information on availability, please connect with the Interprofessional Resources Office (2F16).
  • Access to computers, photocopier and printers: on the 1st Floor—in the student lounge area , or on the 2nd Floor—at the Customer Service Desk and kiosk area.
  • Open Access Lab, 2nd Floor, 2F18: available on a come and go basis for students in health and pre-health programs. Book with an Open Access Staff. 
  • Tech Bar: Drop by the Tech Bar for one-on-one assistance. Information can be found on the Library Services website.  

5. Services for students

  • ONE Card: This is your official identification card designed to access all on-campus services. Visit the eligibility on this website
  • Library Resource Centre: Located on 2nd Floor B Wing. Visit the Library Resource Centre page for more information.
  • International Education Office: Visit the International Education Office for services available to you.
  • Learning Commons: Academic services and resources, including resources for math, writing, peer tutors and resources for APA. Visit the website or access through MyConestoga.
  • Student Engagement: Get involved and visit the Student Engagement page or connect to MyConestoga for your Co-Curricular Record.
  • Student Financial Services: Your resource to apply for student awards, bursaries, and scholarships. If you are in a financial crisis, please see the Emergency Assistance website for more information. 
  • Bookstore: Your location to buy books, clothing and general supplies (A-wing) .
  • Co-op and Career Advising: Your resource for Co-op placements , summer jobs or future careers. Visit the Co-op and Career Services site for more information.
  • Lockers are available with your tuition. Visit this link to find more information.
  • Information Technology: provides supports and general assistance with college-related needs such as Email, Network accounts, connectivity and wireless printing. Visit the Web IT Service Desk for more information.

Letter to Students

Dear Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program Students,

Welcome to the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program.

We are excited that you have accepted the offer of admission into our Program, and look forward to working with you to help you realize your dream of pursuing a career related to the health or life sciences.

This program is designed to prepare students for application into Conestoga College's School of Health Sciences, four-year degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science and Bachelor of Environmental Public Health) and three-year advanced diploma (Respiratory Therapy) programs. Graduates may also apply to all of our two-year Health Science diploma programs. You will be introduced to the Health Sciences field, the College workload, and will gain various skills in order to enhance your future career opportunities. We look forward to working with you throughout this program to help you achieve your goals.

This program handbook has been prepared to provide further information regarding academic standards, regulations, policies, procedures and general program information specific to Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees. The Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program Faculty will refer to this handbook often. Please note that general college information can be found in your online Conestoga College Student Guide. This information applies to all college students regardless of program. You can find the student guide by following the link on the "admissions" page of the Conestoga College Website. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the contents of the guide and if you have any questions or concerns or come across something that you do not understand, please ask a Faculty member, your Program Coordinator or the Chair for clarification. It is your responsibility as a student to know and follow program and College policies and procedures.

We are here to help you successfully complete this program. If you experience difficulty or require assistance in any area of study, please speak with a Faculty member or your Program Coordinator and we will do all we can to provide you with the necessary skills and support to help you achieve your goal.

This is going to be a very exciting year. We look forward to helping you prepare for your future vocational program.

We wish you all the best this year.


Curt Monk (Chair, Informatics and Life Sciences)
Claudia Schubert (Program Coordinator)
Pre–Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Faculty

Program Overview

Program Description

This one-year Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees 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, Bachelor of Environmental Public Health, etc.). Students wishing to enter Biotechnology Technician, Fitness and Health Promotion, Hearing Instrument Specialist, 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 Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas 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 Philosophy

Students are, "the embodiment of incredible possibilities. I see imaginatively what they might become if they choose. I may [by teaching] invite them to activate possibilities they may not have envisioned" (Jourard, 1971).

As faculty, we believe that students deserve to be treated with respect. As a student, it is important that you understand that you are capable of success, and that we want to help you to succeed.

We believe that adults benefit greatly from a safe, nurturing classroom and a teacher who truly cares about their success. Caring about student success means that teachers should acknowledge different learning styles and interests.

We understand that you are working hard to achieve your goal of preparing to enter a healthcare career program. Because of this, we aim to engage you with knowledge and skills that you will be able to apply in your future program. As faculty, we believe that if we are not pointing out connections to our learners, then it will be difficult to engage and motivate our students.

Conestoga College's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program incorporates the above philosophy into our program by:

  • Accommodating individual situations, as appropriate for emerging adult learners.
  • Encouraging and expecting students to develop behaviours necessary in a professional educational setting, including: responsibility for self and one's own actions, honesty, integrity, and punctuality.
  • Designing courses and lab experiences to support students in obtaining the skills necessary to succeed in future programs.
  • Providing a variety of learning experiences, and using a variety of evaluation methods.
  • Engaging students actively in their learning process.
  • Recognizing and appreciating the different styles and approaches to learning that an emerging adult learner may use/exhibit (multiple intelligences).
  • Building on previous successes in order to enhance confidence of the student as a learner.

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Discuss basic scientific concepts (in biology, physics, chemistry), particularly as they relate to the human body and its care.
  • Discuss the Canadian Health Care System and the role of the various careers within that system.
  • 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 to advance communication competence to a level required for entry into the health care delivery field.
  • Employ critical thinking processes and problem-solving techniques.
  • Evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen and a health care worker in society.
  • Develop basic vocational skills required to succeed in Health Science careers.
  • Apply personal success strategies in order to enhance career opportunities.

Program Summary Map – 2019/2020

Program Map describes your learning journey with two important components:

  1. All courses focus on you demonstrating development towards the program outcomes and capabilities through your program journey.
  2. There are themes for your learning that will inform you on the courses you will take to develop program capabilities.

Semester 1

Engagement into College Education for Post-Secondary Success for Health Related Disciplines

Semester 2

Demonstrating Academic Preparedness for Diplomas and Degrees

Human Biology I

Introductory Chemistry  

Physics I for Pre-Health Sciences
Human Biology II

Chemistry of Biological Molecules for Pre-Health Advanced

Introduction to Biological Sciences

Physics II for Pre-Health Sciences

Mathematics I for Pre-Health Advanced

Mathematics II for Pre-Health Advanced
College Reading and Writing Skills

Computer Software Applications
English II for Health Sciences

Understanding Expectations and Opportunities in Health Care

Success Strategies For Health Care Careers
Cultural Diversity for Health Sciences

The following table outlines the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program.

Semester Course Code Course Name Prerequisite Hours
1 BIOL1026 Human Biology I   56
1 CHEM1001 Introductory Chemistry   42
1 MATH1177 Mathematics I for Health Advanced   56
1 COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills   42
1 HEAL1470 Success Strategies for Health Care Careers   42
1 Elective Program Option (see below)   42
  Total Hours for this level   280
2 BIOL1046 Human Biology II


Human Biology I

2 CHEM1030 Chemistry of Biological Molecules for Pre-Health


Introductory Chemistry

2 MATH1185 Mathematics II for Health Advanced


Mathematics I for Pre Health Advanced




English II for Health Sciences


College Reading & Writing Skills

2 BIOL1010 Introduction to Biological Sciences   42
2   Elective Program Option (see below)   45
    Total Hours for this level   322
    Total Hours for Program   602

Elective Program Options:

Semester Course Code Course Name Prerequisite Hours
1 COMP1076
Computer Software Applications  
1 PHYS1116 Physics I for Pre-Health Sciences   56
2 CLTR1140  Cultural Diversity for Health Sciences   42
2 PHYS1171 Physics II for Pre-Health Sciences PHYS1115 56

Note: Students who re-take a course due to failure will be out of sequence with the rest of their cohort, and availability of courses required for certificate completion cannot be guaranteed.

Program Design for your Cohort

Students can find their program design on the student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Pathways and Further Post-secondary Education Opportunities

Pathways within Conestoga College:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (McMaster)
  • Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Public Health
  • Nutrition and Food Service Management
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Biotechnology Technician
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Paramedic
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Practical Nursing
  • Pre-Service Firefighter

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.

There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways to help you meet your goals. Conestoga Pathways information is available on Conestoga's website.



Communication and Contact Information

Faculty Commitment to Success

The Pre-Health Sciences Program Faculty members are here to support you in acquiring an excellent education, a broad skill-set, and the confidence to move into a Health Science Program upon completion of this Pre-Health Sciences Certificate Program. Ultimately, your success in this program rests with you; however, your instructors are committed to doing their best in supporting you throughout your studies.

The program Faculty are well-equipped to provide you with a high-level of education. They are well-trained with diverse educational backgrounds, teaching experiences, work, and research experiences. Do not hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance from this supportive and experienced staff as you progress throughout your studies.

Contact Information and Availability

Curt Monk
Chair, Informatics and Life Sciences 
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2379

Claudia Schubert
Program Coordinator and Faculty
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3825

Wendy Dunbar
Program Assistant
(519) 748-5220, ext. 2454

Elyse Burlingham
Program Coordinator, Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas
(519) 748-5220 Ext. 3144

Larry Malek
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3975

Janice Gaspar
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3845

Catherine Studholme

(519) 748-5220 Ext. 2760

Cheryl Schaefer
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2541

Faculty Availability

The Pre-Health Sciences Faculty Office is located at 2C18. Students are welcome to see individual Faculty to seek extra help, and discuss coursework and assignments. If you have an appointment with a Faculty member, please use the phone on the wall outside of the office to call to confirm that you have arrived. A list of extensions is provided beside the phone. Please do not enter until you have confirmation that the Faculty member is at their desk. If you do not have an appointment, please call the person you wish to meet with to confirm that they are present and can see you; if you do not reach them, please leave a message. In the interest of respecting the work environment for everyone in this area, please do not wander into Faculty work spaces looking for them.

During the first several days during the start of the semester Faculty will explain how you can contact them outside of class time. Individual faculty office hours are posted on eConestoga. As Faculty members have diverse teaching schedules and other commitments, it is best to respect their office hours or make an appointment to ensure they are available.

Contacting Program Staff

When contacting program staff outside of class time it is advisable to use a Conestoga e-mail (either eConestoga or Outlook) or to telephone them. Your message should include the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Student number
  • Course
  • Brief description of reason for contact
  • Telephone number or email address where you can be reached

Note: All students are supplied with a College e-mail address. Use the College e-mail address when communicating with faculty. Non-College e-mail addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail etc.) are not acceptable and will not be answered. Students are expected to check their College e-mail regularly as most official communication will be via this method.

Posted Information for Students

Program and course-related information will be posted through the eConestoga Learning Management System. It is the responsibility of the student to check this site regularly.

Student Email

All students are supplied with a college email address. Use the college email address or eConestoga email ONLY when communicating with faculty. Non–College email addresses (e.g. Hotmail) are not acceptable and will not be answered. Students are expected to check their College and eConestoga email accounts regularly as most official communication will be via this method.  You can forward emails from here to a personal email address.

Who Do I Talk To?

Faculty Coordinator Other
  • Course related questions
  • Course related concerns
  • Non-assessment class absences
  • Accommodation forms
  • Program related questions
  • Program related concerns
  • Program related grades (adjusted/calculated)
  • Academic Counselling
  • Assessment related class absences
  • Academic Administration (add/drop, withdrawal forms etc.) 

Academics and Learning

  • Bookstore
  • eConestoga
  • LRC
  • Learning Commons

Computer Services

  • IT (email, log in, etc.)

Student Supports

  • Accessibility Services
  • Counselling Services
  • Health Services

Campus Services

  • Locker
  • Printing
  • Public Transit
  • Parking/Security

Financial Aid/Awards

  • Scholarships
  • OSAP

Student Engagement

Student Concerns/Issues

If concerns or issues arise during your learning experience, or main goal is to collaborate with students, faculty and staff to resolve situations of concerns quickly and to learn and improve situations.

To achieve this goal, we work with an effective problem-solving strategy:

1. When a situation of concern arises, inform those involved in timely manner.

2. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy in the Student Guide for further details on informal and formal procedures for the resolution of concerns and issues.

3. Issues and concerns related to a placement site, or its employees should first be brought to the attention of the Conestoga Field Placement Supervisor or Program Coordinator, subject to the additional procedures outlined in the sections on "Professionalism" and "Concerns Regarding Safety or Care/Service for Clients during a Field Placement" of your handbook. 

Student Representation

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga College agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student/faculty meeting, provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

PAC (Program Advisory Committee)

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which consists of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. The PAC meets several times a year to discuss the future priorities of  that industry and any adjustments that can be made to keep the college program.

At the beginning of each academic year, the Program Coordinator will invite students to volunteer on the PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at the meetings, and prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Coordinator.

WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative)

Conestoga College offers many unique and exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth. Conestoga hosts exciting extra-curricular opportunities that add to the culture of the college. WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative) is one such group whose members strive to 'learn with, from, and about' each other.

Membership is comprised of students enrolled in health, community, and social sciences programs. Some of the most popular initiatives that this group regularly engages in are interactive simulation exercises, peer-mentoring, guest speakers, paper case studies and monthly meetings. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the WIHSC website. 

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: Quick-SAT and Full-SAT. The Quick-SAT is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.

Class Cancellations

Class cancellations due to faculty absence

Class cancellations due to faculty absences will be posted on the Student Portal.

Faculty may also elect to post any absences on eConestoga. 

Class cancellations due to inclement weather

College closure due to inclement weather will be announced on local radio stations and posted on the College's website. A message will be recorded on the campus switchboard after office hours.

Personal notifications of class cancellations

Students have the option of receiving special emails or SMS text messages notifying them of class cancellations due to faculty absences. To receive these notifications, students must subscribe to this service. Please visit the Student Portal, and select notifications. 

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

Student Expectations

  • Students are required to adhere to the published Standards of Conduct (Academic and Social) in Conestoga College's Student Guide for the current academic year.
  • Students have the responsibility to protect the integrity of the Health and Life Sciences Programs and the College community by behaving and interacting in such a way that demonstrates respect and professionalism.
  • Students are to interact with peers, Faculty, and the wider College community in a way that fosters trust, respect, and collaboration.
  • Students continually strive to improve the acquisition of knowledge.
  • Students understand, uphold, and promote ethical standards.
  • Students seek clarification from Faculty/administration when unsure of any of these standards.
  • Please note that most health care environments are now scent-free to accommodate clients with allergies. As you are preparing for a career in health care, and as we do have students with scent sensitivities, students in the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program may not wear colognes or perfumes to class.

Faculty will accept, fulfil, and enforce these expectations. Anyone who believes that a Faculty member has violated these standards may confidentially initiate a complaint to the Program Chair.

In the event that a student violates the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy, the offense will be dealt with according to the procedure outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilites Procedure.


As a Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program student or Faculty member, it is important to present oneself in a professional manner. A professional demeanour and appearance are important in establishing effective working relationships. Professionalism constitutes your overall attitude and presentation. In all courses with a laboratory component you will be assessed based on your professionalism according to the following expectations:

Attire To dress professionally means to dress tastefully and respectfully and to adhere to the standards of health and safety. In all laboratory settings the specific recommendations outlined in section 7.3 are to be followed.
Attitude It is expected that you will treat your experience in this program similar to that of a workplace. Thus, as you interact with peers and faculty your attitude and behaviour should reflect that of a positive, hard-working professional.
Teamwork Working alongside others is an integral part of health care professions. You are expected to demonstrate effective teamwork strategies including taking on roles as a leader and as a member in group situations. You are to respect your colleagues and interact in a positive, encouraging, productive, and collaborative way.
Organization Time-management and organization are of utmost importance throughout this program. Within the laboratory you must keep a neat and tidy workspace and demonstrate appropriate time-management and organizational skills allowing for completion of tasks in a timely and effective manner.
Conduct Your conduct within the laboratory environment must adhere to standard health and safety protocols and the additional regulations of the specific labs used for the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program. All food and drink is prohibited from the lab. There are to be no interactions that could pose a safety threat, such as horseplay or excessive noise.

Academic Offences and Plagiarism

Academic honesty is expected and required of all Conestoga students. It is critical that you familiarize yourself with the Academic Offences Policy found in the Conestoga Student Guide. The Academic Offences Policy provides a detailed description of the following:

  • Scope of academic integrity,
  • What academic integrity means,
  • What types of behaviours constitute a breach of academic integrity, and
  • The penalties associated with breaching academic integrity.

Please speak with a faculty member or your Program Coordinator if you have any further questions after reviewing the policy. Please note that maintaining academic integrity is very important, and that it is your responsibility to know the Academic Offences Policy .

Below are a few examples to help you avoid breaching academic integrity.

  • Make sure that you recognize information that requires referencing.
  • Whenever you refer to material from another source, whether book, journal article, video, newspaper, or electronic publications, you must acknowledge your source using proper citations and references. Please visit the Conestoga Learning Commons for assistance with the formatting and referencing.
  • If you work collaboratively with others on an assignment, make sure that you do not copy words or ideas from others intentionally or by accident.
  • Make sure that you read the Academic Offences Policy located in the Conestoga Student Guide, and that you fully understand it. The policy describes additional behaviours that represent a breach of academic integrity.
  • Information can be found on the Academic Integrity website

Copyright – What you need to know

Photocopying and scanning at Conestoga College are governed by the Copyright Act, an agreement with Access Copyright, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges' Fair Dealing Policy.

Under the terms of Conestoga's Access Copyright, you can photocopy or scan the following:

  • Up to 10% of most published works.
  • One chapter that is greater than 10%, but no more than 20% of the book.
  • One article, short story, play, poem or essay from a book, magazine or journal issue containing other works.
  • One newspaper article or page.
  • One entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, annotated bibliography or similar reference work.
  • One drawing, sculpture, painting, print, architectural work of art or work of artistic craftsmanship from a larger volume containing other works.

Cumulative Copying

Cumulative copying consists of copy more than 10% over time. This is not allowed. The copy limits apply to an entire academic year, so once you reach the limit for an item, you can not copy from this source anymore until the next academic year.

You cannot copy or scan the following:

  • Workbooks or study guides that are intended for one-time use.
  • Instruction manuals.
  • Sheet music and original artistic works including photographs or prints.
  • Advertisements.
  • Business cases.
  • Full textbooks.
  • Any of the items on the Access Copyright Exclusions list.

You can find this information and more on the Copyright for Students web page.

Safe Practice

Safe practice is a hallmark of professional practice. It is an expectation of everyone who aims to become a professional.

There are a number of policies and procedures associated with practical training in your program that have been developed to ensure your safety and the safety (physical and emotional) of those around you. These policies will be reviewed during your program.

The following basic procedures are outlined for your attention:

  1. Your personal safety begins with the use of professional attire and foot wear, and with your attention to the health and safety expectations that may be identified throughout the college. 
  2. Help us create a safe and pleasant environment by wiping up spills, ensuring lap top cords do not snake across walking areas, and by reporting equipment or facility problems when you notice these.
  3. Specific dress codes, personal protective equipment and specific codes of behavioral conduct may apply to certain programs; Failure to follow these may result in your inability to participate in a lab, class or experiential learning activity.  
  4. Safe work practices are to be followed during all training. Follow the direction of your instructors. If you have a placement, your instructor will ensure that you are aware of safe practices and safety precautions and procedures. This includes problem-solving by the instructor and Program Coordinator with the college's Occupational Health & Safety Department as required.
  5. All safety-related accidents, incidents, and near misses must be reported to the Instructor-in-Charge immediately.

Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         

  • Academic Credential Procedure 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.


Professional Conduct - Use of social media and cell phones

To support a respectful learning environment both in the classroom and in field placements, the use of cell phones and laptops for social networking should only occur during break times, before and after class, and during formal break time in field placement.

Laptops and other forms of technology may be used in the classroom when the use pertains to the content and processes of learning facilitated by the faculty or instructor. If your technology use is disruptive to the class, we may ask you to leave the class until such time that you are able to re-engage in the learning process. 

Social Media Policy

  • As a student and future professional, it is essential to maintain your professional boundaries in all communication, including social media.

Important for you to know is that:

According to the Ontario College of Teachers (2011), "Electronic messages are not anonymous. They can be tracked, misdirected, manipulated and live forever on the internet." The same organization also indicates "Online identities and actions are visible to the public and can result in serious repercussions or embarrassment."Many types of social media encourage instantaneous, casual dialogue. It is important to remember that even an innocent comments may be easily misunderstood.

  • Assume that information you post or send can be accessed or altered by anyone.
  • Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on you, your school, or your profession.
  • Avoid online criticism of other students, colleagues, faculty or field placements.
  • Avoid impulsive, inappropriate or heated comments.
  • Pictures should not be taken, posted to social media sites or shared without the expressed permission of all individuals involved.
  • Make sure your on-line name and email reflect professionalism.
Maintain privacy of all care and service activities when in practical work experiences:
  • Do not take or post any pictures while on placement or involved in lab activities.
  • Maintain client-provider relationships and boundaries. The addition of a client to a 'friendship" status online is unacceptable.

Ontario College of Teachers. (2011). Professional Advisory-Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media. Retrieved May 12, 2015, from https://www.oct.ca/resources/advisories/use-of-electronic-communication-and-social-media

Cell Phone Policy

Students should respect their instructors, faculty and staff by not using their cell phones for personal use during class time.

Students can not bring their cell phone or technology device(s) into a test or examination, unless required for the examination and approved by the faculty. 

In the event of an urgent need to keep your cell phone with you during a test, please speak to your faculty as soon as you enter the examination room. 


Attendance and Student Success Strategies


Religious Holidays

Students are permitted by Conestoga policy to be absent from class to observe a recognized religious holiday. Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in an examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of religious beliefs will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or complete alternate work/examinations subject to timely notification.

Conestoga recognizes all religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Plan ahead and be aware of the dates of all examinations and other course obligations;
  • Advise the faculty member that you will be seeking accommodation to observe a recognized religious holiday. You will also make a request in writing to your Program Coordinator within the first three weeks of the semester and prior to the date of assessment that falls on the religious holiday. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Program Chair.


Use of Time between Classes

Students are encouraged to use breaks between classes for personal needs (food, washroom, phone calls, emails etc.) but also for group work, studying, connecting with faculty, etc.

Test and Examination Policies

Tests must be written at the scheduled time. Students will receive notice of test dates and times at the beginning of the semester and are expected to be available at the scheduled time. It is Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program policy that no re-writes or make-up tests be allowed.

Please note that some tests may be scheduled outside of regular class hours. The dates and times of such tests are usually made available to students within the first two weeks of classes, but students will be given at least three weeks' notice for such tests. Students are expected to be available at the scheduled time.

Test/Examination Writing Protocol

  • Once a test begins, students may not leave the test room for 30 minutes. If they finish a test before that time, they may review their answers but are expected to sit quietly and not disturb others. Once students leave the room they may only re-enter when invited back by Faculty.
  • Students will be dismissed at predetermined times (e.g. every 15 minutes).
  • Admittance to the test/examination is made following presentation of the Conestoga ONECard to a proctor.
  • No personal belongings other than what is required for the test will be permitted in the examination room. For example, books, binders, pencil cases, purses, bags, coats, electronic equipment etc. must be left in your locker or vehicle. Please note that hats may not be worn during the exam.
  • No talking during the test/examination is allowed.
  • Do not begin until instructed to do so.
  • Before leaving, submit all examination materials.
  • Students arriving late to write tests will not be granted an extended time for writing. The test must be completed within the scheduled timeframe.
  • Be sure to follow the directions accurately for completion of the Answer Sheet. Students are responsible for their own errors.
  • During open book tests, students must bring their own course materials (books, notes, Learning Packages etc.) for individual use only. Students may not share any of these materials. Electronic devices, such as, iPod, text messaging, cell phones, translators, will not be permitted.
  • Any student found cheating during the course of an examination/test will be addressed according to procedures found in Conestoga Student Guide.
Accommodations in the examination procedure are made by Accessibility Services for students as prescribed by the Accessibility Services Department. English as a second language is  not considered for Accessibility Services. No dictionary or any other accommodation will be made for ESL students.

Importance of Test and Presentation Dates

Test and assignment dates are scheduled at the beginning of each semester. Unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program, or the faculty may require changes to the course schedule. If this occurs, students will be notified as early as possible.

Students are required to write all tests during the scheduled in-class test times. Students who make personal commitments that conflict with meeting test and assignment deadlines do so at their own risk. There will be no special arrangements made for students with personal conflicts (e.g. work, family commitments or vacation plans). Students who wish to reschedule a test or presentation because of a religious holiday are required to discuss the situation with their program coordinator at the beginning of the semester.

Academic accommodations are provided to students with documented disabilities through the Accessibility Services Office.

Assignment/Lab Policies

Paper assignments and labs are due in class on the date specified by the professor of a course. Submissions after class ends will result in the assignment/lab being considered late.  All electronic submissions are due at 11:55 p.m. on the specified date.  It is the policy of the Pre-Health Science program that late assignments will be deducted 10% per business day up to a maximum of 3 days.  After the third day, a student will receive a grade of zero.

If a student requires an extension for an assignment for a valid reason, the student must contact the professor at least 24h (preferably longer) before the assignment is due to request an extension. Extensions are granted at the discretion of the professor, and cannot be assumed. Please note that professors may not check their email or voicemail on weekends. Students may not assume that they will receive an extension unless the professor has replied to their request and granted the extension in writing.

Submitting Assignments

The expectation of Health Professionals is that they complete assigned work competently and in the allocated time, or that they anticipate difficulty in meeting deadlines and notify the appropriate person(s).

The following regulations regarding assignments reflect this belief and are designed to ensure that graduates of the programs meet these expectations.

  • Students are required to submit all written assignments on or before the date and time specified.
  • Students should anticipate problems that will necessitate an extension of time.
  • If an extension of time is required, students will make this request in writing at least 24 hours ahead of the assignment due date to the appropriate instructor. Please copy the program coordinator on any such requests.
  • Late assignments will be deducted 10% per business day up to a maximum of 3 days.  After the third day, a student will receive a grade of zero.

NOTE: An extension of time may be given at the discretion of the coordinator.

Policy about Faculty Returning Tests and Assignments

In order to support student success, students will be given continual feedback on their progress throughout the semester. All tests and assignments will be graded within two (2) weeks of the date on which they were written/due. Please note that some tests will be returned to students and some may be retained by faculty. Under no circumstances are students to enter the offices of faculty or look through papers on a desk without the faculty member present.

Students who have questions about tests/assignments/grades should follow the process outlined below:

  • At least 24 hours after receiving the mark and within seven days, write a note (or email) to the faculty, indicating the area(s) of clarification required,
  • Initiate a meeting with the faculty to discuss
  • Bring pertinent information (assignment, mark sheet, etc.) to the appointment.

Working together on Group Assignments

Students will often work with their fellow peers on various assignments/projects throughout the program. Each group member is responsible for ensuring that they have an equal role in the group. All students in the group should review the completed work before it is submitted/presented. When issues/concerns arise during the group process, it is the responsibility of group members to contact the course professor for assistance prior to due date. As a member of the group, you are responsible for what is being submitted. If an academic offense occurs, all group members will be subject academic penalties as per Conestoga's Academic Integrity Policy.

Course Grades

Students should track their grades on eConestoga throughout the semester and contact their instructor if an error has occurred. Final grades will be available via the Student Portal within five days of the final exam in your program. Students should check their final grades for accuracy. The official final grade for the course is the one posted on the Student Portal.

Note: Final grades will not be adjusted at the end of a course. The grades you earn throughout the semester are reflective of your ability. Bonus assignments are not given to allow students to improve their grades.

General Guidelines for Quality of Written Work

There are continuous requirements for written work in a variety of formats (papers, assignments, forms and plans, handouts, etc.). It is expected that all students will meet the standard of English required within the profession. Faculty will identify students who are having difficulty in this area and will approach them to discuss the need for improvement. Students may be referred to the Learning Commons to help them improve the quality of their written work.

General Guidelines for Submitting Written Work

For specific course requirements, refer to the course outlines provided. If you are not clear about course requirements, discuss this with individual faculty members. Students are required to use spell-check and grammar-check to assist with the editing of written work. The Learning Commons will be an invaluable resource to students who require assistance in organizing and writing an assignment with correct spelling and grammar.

Unless otherwise indicated by professors, generally, assignments should be:

  • Word processed,
  • Double spaced and one sided,
  • Submitted using font size of 12, and proper margins,
  • Written in a grammatically correct manner,
  • Handed in securely fastened (i.e. stapled) with a cover page indicating the course name, faculty's name, student's name, section and date submitted,
  • Handed in at the beginning of class on the designated due date in class, unless otherwise indicated by professor,
  • Handed in using the APA@Conestoga format for references.

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills.
Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

Academic Progress Through the Program

Academic Standing and Promotion

The Conestoga Student Guide is your first source for information concerning academic regulations, policies and procedures. The Conestoga Student Guide is available on the college website and by visiting the "Student Guide" tab in your Student Portal.

Promotion Standards and Procedures

Promotion is the advancement from one portion of the program to another after a process of evaluation, which ensures that specific program objectives have been met. Promotion is based on academic achievement.

Promotion review occurs at regular intervals based on curriculum design. Requirements of each course must be met for graduation. At the end of the academic year, there will be a review of all course requirements in relation to the program standards.

Reason for Student Progress Being Reviewed by Promotion Committee

Students who fail to meet program standards will be reviewed by the Promotion Committee.

Reasons for presentation at Promotion Committee Meetings include:

  • Failure of a theory course and/or practice course.
  • Patterns of absence from class or practice, which may affect achieving program standards.
  • Excessive accumulated absences from class, lab or practice.
  • Failure to follow through on previous Promotion Committee recommendations.

A student who has not met the standards will not be promoted to the next level of the Program. The Promotions Committee may decide such a student should be discontinued or may require the student to complete one or more of the following, or an alternative as deemed appropriate:

  • Complete supplemental requirements for course failures (see criteria for writing of supplemental examinations). Following successful completion of supplemental work, the highest course grade that can be achieved is 55%.
  • Follow through with counselling (academic and/or personal).
  • Follow through with health measures as recommended.
  • Complete makeup work for missed learning experiences. Total time lost will be assessed on an individual basis. Additional time may be required to complete program objectives.
  • Complete the requirements of Probationary Status.
  • Complete compulsory practice remedial assignments.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Students who do not meet the minimum pass grade for a course may be eligible to write a supplemental examination in that course. A supplemental fee must be paid at the Registrar's Office prior to arranging the supplemental evaluation with the Faculty member/Program Coordinator. Please note that following the end of semester, contact with any student eligible to write a supplemental will be made either by phone or email. A specific date, time and room number will be given to each student. If a student does not respond to this contact, the student forfeits the opportunity to write a supplemental test. The maximum number of supplemental opportunities during the program is two per student. 


  1. Promotions Committee grants or denies permission for supplemental work.
  2. Program Coordinator contacts student and sets up a time to meet and fill out the Supplemental Request Form.
  3. Student brings form and pays additional fee for supplemental work at the Registrar's Office.
  4. Student receives supplemental work from Program Coordinator.
  5. Student completes supplemental work (test or assignment) in accordance with the times and dates given by the Program Coordinator.
  6. Student meets with Program Coordinator to submit assignment.
  7. Supplemental work is assessed, and the Registrar's Office is contacted with the result.

Failure to successfully complete requirements of the promotion committee will result in discontinuance from the program.

Criteria for Eligibility to write Supplemental Examinations

  • A student may not write more than two supplemental examinations during the course of the Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Program.
  • The student must indicate an intention to clear an academic deficiency within five (5) working days after the final grade is posted.
  • A student who attains a course grade of LESS than 50% will NOT be offered a supplemental in that course.
  • A student must pass the supplemental examination in order to receive the passing minimum of 55% in the course.

In addition, the following will also be considered by the committee:

  • Previous academic history.
  • Current clinical practice performance.
  • Demonstration of professional behaviour.
  • Attendance in class, lab, and practice experiences.


  • A fee is to be paid to the Registrar's Office for supplemental work.
  • If the student is successful in completing the supplemental work for the course, the failing course grade will be upgraded to the minimal passing grade of 55% for the Program.
  • A supplemental evaluation will not be granted for a course in which a student has received an academic offence. An academic incident resulting in a warning is not considered an academic offence. For more information visit the College Policies, Procedures, Practices and Guidelines webpage. 

Special Timetables/Adding Dropped or Failed Courses

Please note that when students are not taking the program in the prescribed sequence, they will be on "special timetables". Prior to the beginning of the semester, students should seek assistance from their Program Coordinator during the "Special Timetable Registration" initiated by the college. Dates, times and locations of Special Timetable Registration periods are posted in the student portal in advance of the beginning of each semester. Students must attend this meeting where they will receive further guidance regarding this academic status from their Program Coordinator.

Students 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.

Course Add/Drop

To drop a course, you must contact the program coordinator as you are not permitted to complete this process on the student portal. Please see your program coordinator to complete this process prior to the deadline.


Students who have two (2) or more failed/missed/dropped courses in either level one or level two of the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advance Diplomas and Degrees program will be discontinued at the end of the semester/program. Please note that a student will not be allowed to take a semester two course if they fail the prerequisite from semester one. As a result, students will not be able to complete the program requirements and will not be eligible to graduate. Because the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is oversubscribed, students who cannot graduate may not be able to take the failed course the following year.

Students who have been discontinued and wish to complete the credential may:

  1. Apply for readmission to the program.
    1. Students applying for year one level one must apply through OntarioColleges.ca
    2. Students applying for level two may do so using the internal Program Application form available from the registrar's office.
  2. Register for courses through Part Time (Day) Studies Registration the next time the course(s) is offered. Registration is on a first- come first-served basis and payment is required upon registration. Please note that the courses will not open to part-time registration until the first day of classes, once all full-time students are registered.
  3. Register for courses online through Continuing Education. Continuing Education offers courses throughout the year and registration on a first-come first-served basis. Students should check with their program coordinator to ensure courses are equivalent before registering for an online course.

Students 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. There is no guarantee that a student will be able to complete their certificate if they have failed courses.

Note: McMaster University will not accept students into their BScN program if they take longer than eight months to complete the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program.


Voluntary withdrawals from the Program are supported from an academic perspective. Students assess their own capabilities in meeting the academic requirements of a program and may decide to withdraw. Extended personal leave of absence could result in a student's withdrawal from the program due to the loss of study time. Financial constraints may be a further reason for program withdrawal. For these and other reasons, voluntary withdrawals are approved and supported with the option of re-applying for admission through OCAS.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the Registrar's Office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled in, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.


Students have the right to appeal any academic decisions as set out in the Conestoga Student Guide. It is recommended that students begin this appeal process by first meeting with the faculty and/or program coordinator.

Readmission into Program

Students may be readmitted to the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program after being discontinued or after voluntary withdrawal by re-applying for admission through Ontario Colleges. As only full-time students are accepted into the program, students may be required to re-take courses they have already passed.

Application to Future Programs

Students must apply to future programs through the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS) or through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Applications are due for oversubscribed programs on or before February 1st each year.  You are encouraged to apply early. Conestoga College does not provide official transcripts at midterm, so these grades are "unofficial" and may or may not be accepted by the requesting institution.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have met the requirements for admission to future programs, both at Conestoga and at other institutions to which they are applying. Students must also ensure that they know the deadline for applications, admission tests such as the HOAE, transcript submission, etc.

Students may receive a conditional offer of admission to another program while they are still registered in the Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Program. If this is the case, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they know what the conditions are and that they meet those conditions.

Offers will be rescinded if the conditions are not met. If the student has any questions regarding the conditions, they need to contact the registrar's office and ask specifically about their own case (i.e. do not ask generic questions). Note that everyone's conditions are different, so you must ask specifically about your own situation.


Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Breadth elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.


Process for resolution of student concerns

In order to resolve any concerns which may arise during a course, field placement or relating to the overall program, students are encouraged to resolve issues or concerns informally at the program level prior to proceeding to a formal appeal.

If attempts have been made for a resolution, yet no satisfactory outcome was reached, students are encouraged to refer to the Student Guide, and to follow the procedures outlined under the "Academic Dispute Resolution and Appeal Procedure" section.

Maintaining Student Files

  1. Official records of each student's education are maintained electronically by the Registrar.
  2. Administrative records related to your experience in the Program are maintained to demonstrate compliance with external and college requirements. This information is as follows:
Administrative Records
Student Information (if applicable) File Location and Student Access Retention

Pre Placement Health Requirements

  • Copies of information received from student.

In H.S Trax, by individual student access, accessed through My Conestoga

  • Each student has their own information on the Passport for provision to placement agencies.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Acknowledgement of WSIB understanding.

  • Signed electronically by student prior to the first field placements.
  • By Program, online.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Student Consents signed on admission electronically.

  • Student Consent for Release of Information.
  • Student Understanding of Professional Standards.
  • Student Understanding of Safety Requirements.
  • Filed electronically.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.
  1. Academic Files are set up as required for a student to document important matters relevant to a student's progress or to document and monitor resolution of concerns.
Academic Records
Student Information File Location and Student Access Retention

Documents related to academic progress

  • Correspondence regarding course equivalencies.
  • Correspondence regarding supplementary examinations.
  • Learning Contracts.
  • Disabilities Information and plans.
  • In Student File, maintained by the Program Coordinator, initially, and then filed during the student's stay in the Program – maintained by Program Assistant.
For 1 year following graduation or as required by accrediting body.
Records of Competency Attainment As above. As above.

Documents related to areas of concern

  • Interview records, supporting email documentation.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Incident reports.
  • Letters/emails of significant concern and replies.
  • Appeals .
As above. As above.
  1. Students may review the contents of their academic file by:
    • Requesting this in writing to the Program Coordinator.
    • Reviewing the file in the presence of the Program Coordinator.

Additional Information for Students

Below is information to supplement the information found in the Conestoga Student Guide.

  • Your Conestoga Student Guide provides detailed information about dropping courses. If you are planning to drop a course, you must do so within the time period specified. If you have missed that time period, please see the Program Coordinator and they will advise you as to your options. Not attending does not constitute an official dropping of a course and will result in a grade of "F".

  • If you have completed courses from a college or university that you think may be very similar in content to courses in this program you may be eligible for a course exemption (please note that to receive an exemption, courses must have been completed within the past five years and with a mark of at least 65%). If you would like to proceed with a request for exemptions, please contact your Program Coordinator for guidance. All course exemptions and transfer credits must be initiated through the Credit Transfer Office.  Please note that exemptions will not be processed until a student is registered in the program. The exemption process will take some time (two-three weeks), and students should attend all scheduled courses until they receive the exemption as they will be responsible for all material covered in class should the exemption be denied.

Note:  McMaster will not accept students to their BScN program unless they take ALL of the courses in the Pre-Health Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program within an 8-month period.  Therefore, students who are planning to apply to McMaster's BScN program should not apply for exemptions.

Work-Integrated Learning Experiences

Student Consent Forms

Students are required to complete program specific consent forms. To access the forms, students need to visit the WIL Document Services Community in myConestoga and click on the WIL Document Forms tab. 

Laboratory Safety Information

An important piece of your Pre-Health Science Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees training involves laboratory participation. When working in a laboratory environment, safety and professionalism are of the utmost importance.

A science laboratory safety manual will be provided during the first week of classes, along with some basic safety instruction. Students are expected to study the manual and complete a safety test. Students must achieve 100% on the test before being allowed to participate in laboratory activities. This test is to be completed online, and will provide a record of safety training. Further information will be available at the science classes.

Students must also complete the acknowledgement of safety training and responsibilities form prior to being able to participate in labs

It is expected that students will act with common sense and follow laboratory safety rules and procedures whenever they are in a science laboratory.

Science Laboratory Dress Code

Attire in the laboratory must be professional and adhere to standards of health and safety.

Students must wear the following:

  • White lab coat
  • Long pants or long skirt (no leggings or ripped jeans)
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Longer socks (ankles should not be visible)
  • Long hair tied back
  • Safety glasses/googles when required

* Hats are not permitted in the lab.  Ensure that all skin is covered from the waist down.  Leave backpacks, purses, phones, jackets, and all non-lab related items in your locker.

Requests for accommodations of this policy (e.g., for religious or disability reasons) will be considered within the framework of the Conestoga College Policy for Human Rights. Such requests must be made to the program coordinator or chair at the beginning of the semester, and not at the beginning of a laboratory period.

Faculty reserve the right to ask students who do not conform to the uniform policy to leave the lab setting.

Clinical Learning Centre

For students wishing to practice their lab skills or review laboratory materials, there is a Pre-Health Sciences table set up in the Clinical Learning Centre (Open Access Lab) in room 2F18. Many (but not all) of the lab materials will be placed in the open access lab after all classes have completed the lab work, and will remain there for review.

While in the Clinical Learning Centre, you may interact with students in other programs, but please be respectful of their need to practice skills for their own program of study. If they do not have time to show you something or explain what they are doing, be respectful of this and do not interrupt their work.

Please note that the staff in the Clinical Learning Centre are there to assist students who are in the nursing programs and do not necessarily know what Pre-Health Sciences students are doing. For example, they cannot assist you with microscope work.

The same safety rules and dress code apply to the Clinical Learning Centre, as in the science labs. Please use common sense and act professionally while you are in the centre.

All Pathway to Diplomas and Degrees students must wear their lab uniform, as would be worn during a science lab, including closed-toed shoes.  Please note that jeans are not acceptable in the clinical learning centre as they are not considered professional dress.  Please wear either dress pants or scrub bottoms if you intend to work in the open access lab.

Independently Booked Student Lab Space (Open Access)

Hours of Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

*Students must adhere to dress code (scrubs/lab coat/program-specific attire & closed toe/heel shoes) at all times when working in any lab space – no jeans allowed*

  • Students must book space and time to practice in this lab; bookings can be made in the Open Access Lab, over the phone (x. 3175), or by emailing clc@conestogac.on.ca.
  • Bookings will be limited to the capacity of the lab space i.e. max 4 students per bed, task trainer or med cart. Time slots will be limited to 2 hours.
  • At the time of booking the students must specify their program, what they will be practicing, and how many students will be present with them.
  • Time slots can be booked out one week in advance.
  • Students are able to book overflow rooms provided there are rooms available and there is adequate coverage from the Practice Application Specialists (PAS).
  • If students show up and there are open slots, they may come in and practice until the next booked time slot at that particular station.
  • If all stations are booked but a group has not shown for their appointment, the "drop-in" group can practice at that station until the booked group shows for their time slot. If they do not show within 15 minutes of their scheduled time slot, their time slot will be forfeited.

After hours/weekend bookings

  • Students must submit requests to one of the PAS' to make after hours/weekend bookings. Requests must be submitted before 1500. For weekend bookings requests must be submitted before 1500 on the preceding Friday.
  • Requests must include all student's full names, student numbers, their programs, and their arrival/departure times.
  • Students must come with at least one peer who must also be in a health sciences program.
  • This information will then be passed on to security. Students must be advised that they have to check in with security upon their arrival and present their identification.
  • Students will not have use of syringes/needles, med carts, vital SIM remotes or BP arms unless they are under the supervision of a PAS or an appropriate faculty member.
  • Students will be respectful of the space/equipment and leave the Open Access Lab in the manner in which they found it.


  • If the PAS' require supplies from the Dispensary, they will contact Dispensary either by phone/email/in person to make the request.
  • Dispensary will then sign out the equipment and set it aside for the requesting PAS to pick up from Dispensary.
  • Once finished the PAS' will return the equipment to the Dispensary where it will be logged appropriately.

User responsibility regarding Clinical Learning Centre maintenance

  • All users will maintain the environment in a safe, clean and tidy manner.
  • Students will not handle any equipment that has not been put out for their course.
  • All equipment must be cleaned and put away after use.
  • Chairs are to be stacked safely in designated areas when not in use.
  • Students will be responsible for cleaning and tidying up.
  • Purses, coats, knapsacks and extra books are to be left in your lockers.
  • Students are responsible for the replacement of damaged or lost equipment in Clinical Learning Centre e.g.: student dropping a microscope.


Student Awards

Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February). Visit the Student Financial Services on Conestoga's website.

College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday,  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame to accommodate course, program, and college requirements.

Web-based Tools

Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.  
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
  • Tests will be made up in the Conestoga Test Centre in the following week, or by individual arrangements with course faculty member.
  • If the evaluation is to be conducted in the Conestoga Test Centre, students will be asked to show their ONECard* before permitted to write the test.

* Students taking part-time courses or in programs where a OneCard is not provided may be asked to show alternate ID.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Last Revised By Whom
June 22, 2015 Nicole Dorscht
June 25, 2015 Catherine Skimson
June 6, 2016 Nicole Dorscht
June 12, 2016 Catherine Skimson
June 12, 2017 Jillian Grant
June 28, 2017 Wendy Dunbar
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dunbar
July 8, 2019
Julia Rodricks

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's  Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accomodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing  accessibility@conestogac.on.ca or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessiblity focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accomodations rests with the program chair.