Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1306
Health & Life Sciences

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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

COVID-19 and 2021-22 Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

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.


What you do out there logo

Welcome to the School of Health & Life Sciences

Conestoga’s School of Health & Life Sciences offers a range of credentials to assist you in your goal of becoming a healthcare professional. From pre-health programs, through to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates and degrees, the School of Health & Life Sciences delivers the most up-to-date training provided by expert faculty and staff in state-of-the-art facilities. With a broad range of programs and delivery options to choose from, you can find a program that suits your needs and sets you on the path to a successful career.

Work-integrated learning is at the core of many of our programs. Whether through a field placement, clinical practicum, or co-operative education experience, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with an industry partner that will put your training into practice.

The School of Health & Life Sciences has many partnerships in industry as well as the local community and beyond.

What you learn here, counts out there – the School of Health & Life Sciences provides you with:​

​​​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 knowledge and skills in a unique inter-professional environment.
  • The opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art learning facilities and study spaces.
  • The opportunity to become a "preferred graduate", sought after 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, This is the official communication channel for everything related to your academic requirements. Communication with faculty and staff is required to happen through your Conestoga email account. 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.
  • For BscN Students: CoMAC Communication Hub
    • The Hub is accessed through "My Communities" on My Conestoga.
    • The Hub provides information regarding Conestoga College and your program.
    • The Hub provides a link to Avenue To Learn: A resource for all course-based program activity and information, as well as course-based communication with the faculty.

2. Follow your academic schedule:

  • See the Orientation Checklist prior to starting your program.
  • Course Schedule: This is a timetable of all your classes for each semester.
  • The Academic Schedule: 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 individually.
  • For BscN Students: Academic Year Schedule: Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop and withdrawal, are located on the college website. Please cross-reference these dates with McMaster University's sessional dates. 

3. Become a health care professional :

  • Act respectfully and professionally at all times, as these behaviours are the key to your learning experiences.
  • Present in professional dress and conduct: See the Professional Conduct section for professionalism expectations for your program. Please review the Rights and Responsibilities website. ​
  • Pre-WIL Health Requirements: Pay attention to the deadlines listed on your documents. Complete the tasks as required; without these, you will not be able to progress to your work-integrated learning (WIL) and program completion will be in jeopardy. *Note: The PSW and Supportive Care program does not participate in the WIL program.
  • 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 revie the Credit Transfer & PLAR website 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, 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

  • 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, see the Counselling services website.
  • Good2Talk: A confidential 24-hour phone line for stresses, big and small (1-866-925-5454).
  • Conestoga Security: Provides safety and security services. See 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, see the 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: See 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. See 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 Services

  • ONE Card: This is your official identification card designed to access all on-campus services. See the eligibility on this website
  • Library Resource Centre: Located on 2nd Floor B Wing. Visit the Library Resource Centre for more information.
  • Tech Bar: Drop by the Tech Bar for one-on-one assistance. Information can be found on the Library Services website.
  • International Education Office: Visit the website or access through MyConestoga.
  • Student Engagement: Get involved and see the Student Engagement page or connect to MyConestoga for your Co-Curricular Record.
  • MyLearning: Academic services and resources, including resources for math, writing, peer tutors and resources for APA. Visit the website or access through MyConestoga.
  • Bookstore: Your location to buy books, clothing and general supplies (A-wing). At this time, all of our campus stores will be closed and our bookstore will be fully online for the Fall 2021 semester. Our service to students remains uninterrupted as we are fulfilling orders for students Monday to Friday. Shipping for physical items is free within Canada with a minimum of $10 spent. See this link for more information. 
  • Co-op and Career Advising: Your resource for Co-op placements, summer jobs or future careers. See the Co-op and Career Services site for more information.
  • Lockers are available with your tuition. See this link to find more information.
  • Covid-19 Information and updates are available on Conestoga's website.
  • Information Technology: Provides supports and general assistance with college-related needs such as Email, Network accounts, connectivity and wireless​ printing. See the Web IT Service Desk for more information.

Letter to Students

​Welcome to the Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas 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 the majority of Conestoga College's School of Health Sciences' diploma programs. You will be introduced to the Health Sciences field and to the College workload and will gain various skills in order to enhance your future career opportunities. We are excited to have you in our program and look forward to helping 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 Sciences Pathway to Certificate and Diplomas program. The 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 Program Chair for clarification. It is your responsibility as a student to know and follow program and college policies and procedures.

This coming year will present some unusual challenges to the learning process. As you are aware, our program will be taught fully online in September, with the intention of going into the classroom in January. Some of you have probably not learned that way before and will find it challenging to embrace the new way of doing things. Rest assured that online learning does NOT mean that you have to "teach yourself". Your instructors are here to teach you. They will be running online lectures and tutorials via zoom, posting PowerPoint lectures with study notes, and or providing group or one-on-one help sessions for you if you run into problems. Your task is to take responsibility for your learning by attending the zoom sessions available to you, reading the textbook and any other resources provided by your instructors, asking questions when you need clarification (either by email or during the zoom sessions), and submitting assignments on time and completed according to the instructions. Your instructors will do their best to make the transition to online learning as easy as possible for you.

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 supports 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 & Life Sciences)
Elyse Burlingham (Program Coordinator)​

Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Faculty Team

Program Overview

Program Description

The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program offers two semesters of full-time study. It is designed for students who wish to concentrate on the health sciences field and prepares students for application to Conestoga College's School of Health Sciences certificate and diploma programs. Students will be introduced to the health sciences field, to college life and college workload, and will be able to increase their competitiveness to support their application to health sciences diploma 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 professors who truly care about their success. Caring about student success means that professors 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 equip 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 Certificates and Diplomas 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 by 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:

  • Examine fundamental biological concepts, processes and systems of the human body, including the structure, function and properties of the molecules of life, cells, tissues and organ systems in relation to the homeostasis and health.
  • Examine fundamental concepts, processes and systems of chemistry, including matter and chemical bonding, quantities in chemical reactions, solutions and solubility, acids and bases, as well as nomenclature, structure and properties of organic compounds in relation to health and the human body.
  • Solve basic numeric problems and interpret data related to health sciences and other science-related fields using mathematical concepts, including algebra, basic probability, and descriptive statistics.
  • Use health sciences and other science-related language and terminology appropriately to communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in written, spoken and visual forms.
  • Prepare a personal strategy and plan for academic, career and professional development in the health sciences or other science-related fields.
  • Investigate health sciences and science-related questions, problems and evidence using the scientific method.

​Program Summary Map – 2021/2022

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 Certificates and Diplomas

ScienceCell Biology and Introduction to Anatomy

Chemistry I for Health Sciences Foundations
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Sciences

Chemistry II for Health Sciences Foundations
​Foundational Mathematics for Health Sciences
​Math Applications for Health Sciences
​College Reading and Writing

Skills Computer Software Applications
​English II for Health Sciences

General Education Elective
Understanding Expectations and Opportunities in Health CarePre-Health Foundations

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

Course Code Course Name Prerequisite Hours
1BIOL1055Cell Biology and Introduction to Anatomy 
1CHEM1011Chemistry I for Health Sciences Foundations 42
1COMM1085College Reading & Writing Skills 42
1COMP1076Computer Software Applications 
Pre-Health Foundations
1MATH1507Foundational Mathematics for Health Sciences 56
   Total Hours for this level   294
2BIOL1065Anatomy and Physiology for Health SciencesBIOL1055
2CHEM1060Chemistry II for Health SciencesCHEM1011
2COMM1200English II for Health SciencesCOMM1085

2MATH1525Math Applications for Health SciencesMATH1505
2  General Education Elective (Min 42 hrs.) 42
   Total Hours for this level   238
   Total Hours for Program   532

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

You can find your​ 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 School of Health & Life Sciences website. To find these courses, students need to scroll to the 'Program Courses' section.

​​Pathways and Further Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credentials. Pathways are formed through agreements between the Conestoga program and partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities.

There are several different opportunities available to students who wish 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.

Pre-Health Sciences​ Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas – One year Ontario College Certificate pathways within Conestoga College:

  • Biotechnology Technician
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Pre-Service Firefighter
  • Nutrition and Food Service Management



​​Communication and Contact Information

The Program Faculty members are here to support you in acquiring an excellent education, a broad skillset, and the confidence to move out into the workforce upon completion of the program. Ultimately, your success in this program rests on you; however, your faculty are committed to doing their best in supporting you throughout your studies.

To ensure your success in the program, it is important you become familiar with those who are here to support and help you. If you have any day-to-day questions about your program, courses or schoolwork, please contact your Faculty, Program Coordinator, or Chair.

Contacting Program Faculty members
When contacting program staff (via email or by phone) outside of class time, your message should include the following information:
  • First and last name, student ID #
  • Course and semester or level
  • Brief description of the reason for contact
  • Telephone number where you can be reached
Student Email

All students are supplied with a Conestoga e-mail address. Communications from program team members will be via your Conestoga e-mail address or posted on Conestoga's online Learning Management System – eConestoga. Official Conestoga communication via e-mail will use only your Conestoga e-mail address. Use only your Conestoga e-mail address when communicating with program team members. Students are expected to check their Conestoga e-mail regularly. You can forward emails from here to a personal email address for notification, but you must respond using your Conestoga email address.

If you are having problems accessing your Conestoga e-mail contact the Information Technology (IT) department at 519-748-5220 ext. 3444 as soon as possible. Students are accountable for ensuring a functioning e-mail account.

Program Faculty Member Availability
Students are encouraged to connect with individual Program Faculty members to discuss course work, assignments, or other matters related to their success at Conestoga. At the beginning of your program, a faculty member will explain how you can contact them outside of class time. 

Procedures for Meeting with Program Faculty Members

To schedule a meeting with Program Faculty members please contact the individual by email. Meetings may be held virtually or by telephone.

​​​​Contact Information and Availability

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

Claudia Schubert
Program Coordinator, 
Pre-Health Science Pathway to Advanced Diploma and Degrees
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3825

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

Samantha Rominger
Program Assistant
(519) 748-5220, ext. 2454

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

Your Pre-Health Sciences Faculty members will be available to you by email or via zoom if you prefer a face-to-face meeting.  You are welcome to email them any time, but please be aware that they may take up to 48 business hours to respond to your email and plan accordingly. Individual faculty office hours are posted on eConestoga.  Faculty members may not be monitoring their email on evenings and weekends.  Please be patient in awaiting a reply.

Posted Information for Students

Program and course-related information will be posted through the eConestoga learning Management System. Please be aware that, in addition to your Course Shells, there is a Program Group on which you will find important program-related information that goes to all Pre-Health Students. Please ensure you regularly read the announcements and other information posted here. It is the responsibility of the student to check this site regularly.

 Who do I talk to?

  • ​Course related questions
  • Course related concerns
  • Course related grades
  • 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.)
  • Referrals to other sources

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 Concern or Issues

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

Problem-solving strategy:

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

2. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities​ website 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.

Students who participate in PACs will receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Your CCR is an official document, complementary to your academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that you have achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College.

​​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 Colleges and Universities (MCU). This Student Experience 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 (SAT)

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: the Early Course Check-in and Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in 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 faculty menber and their academic manager. 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 or​ B.S.c.N​. students on Avenue to Learn.

Faculty may also 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 phone line 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. See the Student Portal and select notifications. 

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

​​Standards of Conduct – Academic, Social and Professional

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 Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas may not wear colognes or perfumes to class.

Faculty will accept, fulfill, 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 as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Procedure. 


As a student or Faculty member of the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Program, it is important to present oneself in a professional manner. A professional demeano​ur 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:

 AttireTo 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.

Although you will be attending classes via zoom for the coming year, it is still a good idea to "dress for success". You don't have to wear suits and ties or dresses, but you should make an effort to dress in reasonable school attire - don't attend zoom meetings in pajamas. When you dress professionally, you are putting yourself in a professional mindset that will enhance your learning.
AttitudeIt is expected that you will treat your experience in this program similarly to that of a workplace. Thus, as you interact with peers and faculty your attitude, behaviour and language should reflect that of a positive, hard-working professional.
TeamworkWorking 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. Although you will not be working side by side with your peers this year, you will be interacting with them via zoom. Please use this opportunity to network with other students in a professional and respectful manner.
OrganizationTime-management and organization are of utmost importance throughout this program. Begin by keeping a neat and tidy workspace as you would in a professional environment. Demonstrate appropriate time-management and organizational skills allowing for completion of tasks in a timely and effective manner. When you are working in the health care field, you must complete tasks such as dispensing medications, treating patients etc. at the scheduled time. Similarly, in this program, you will have deadlines for completing assigned tasks - consider practice for completing work-related tasks on time. Be sure to arrive on time for your scheduled classes - even during a zoom meeting, late arrivals can be disruptive.
ConductYour 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 Certificates and Diplomas Program. All food and drink are prohibited from the lab. There are to be no interactions that could pose a safety threat, such as horseplay or excessive noise. While this point is not relevant to the delivery of our program this year, you should keep professional conduct in mind during your classes and be aware that this will be an important part of your future career.

​​​​​​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 on the Policies and Procedures​ page. 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 essential 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 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. See the Student Success Services website​ for assistance with formatting and referencing.
  • If you work collaboratively with others on an assignment, make sure you do not copy words or ideas from others intentionally or by accident.
  • Read the Academic Offences Policy and that you fully understand it. The policy describes additional behaviours that represent a breach of academic integrity.
  • If you require more information, see 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 healthcare professional.

There are several policies and procedures associated with practical ​training that has 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 safety begins with the use of professional attire and footwear and with your attention to the health and safety expectations that may be identified throughout the college.   
  2. Please help us create a safe and pleasant environment by wiping up spills, ensuring laptop cords do not snake across walking areas, and reporting equipment or facility problems when you notice these.  
  3. Specific dress codes, personal protective equipment and specific codes of behavioural 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 know 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 Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & 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 technology

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

Social Media Policy

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

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.

  • Assume the 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

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. It is easy to get distracted by other activities while studying from home, but if you consider the time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. as a "workday" and use that time to complete schoolwork even when not scheduled for a class, you will find that you get into a routine that allows you to complete all of your assignments without scrambling the night before they are due. Use your unscheduled time wisely. Our late assignment policy is outlined below.

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 Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program policy that no re-writes or make-up tests be allowed.

Please note that some tests and exams 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

  • Tests and exams will be written online for fall semester using the eConestoga "Quizzes" platform. For the winter and spring semesters, students must be available to write tests on campus. 
  • Once a test begins, the student may not log out of the test until they have completed it.  Once a student logs out, the test is considered completed and the student may not log back in. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they have answered all questions before submitting the test.
  • Students must read and follow test instructions carefully.  These instructions will include important information such as whether the student is able to go back to previous questions – if the instructions indicate that students are unable to return to a question, students should not leave it blank thinking they can come back to it.  Students are responsible for their own errors.
  • A lockdown browser may be used (you will receive specific instructions for each test from your instructors).  Please be aware that by registering for a course and logging into a test, you are agreeing to the use of a lockdown browser, which may require digital or video monitoring of your activities during the test.  This information will not be made public and will be used only for the purposes of preventing academic dishonesty.
  • It is expected that students will not use any resources (including but not limited to notes, assignments, textbooks, or other electronic devices) during a quiz, test or exam.  Ethics are an important part of your career as a health care worker and ethical behaviour is expected in the pre-health program.
  • If a student is suspected of cheating, the academic integrity procedure outlined in the Conestoga Student Guide will be followed
  • Cheating may result in a reduction in grades, a zero on the assessment, a zero in the course, or discontinuance from the program.

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 use 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, medical appointments, family commitments,  or vacation plans, etc.).

The only acceptable reasons for rescheduling a test or exam are:

  1. Illness
  2. Death in the immediate family
  3. Court appearance
  4. Religious holidays

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.  Note that documentation is required for any of the above reasons.

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

Assignment/Lab Policies

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 policies regarding pre-health assignments reflect this belief and are designed to ensure that graduates of the program meet these expectations.
  • Assignments and labs are due online at the time and date specified by the professor of a course.
  • Students are required to submit all written assignments on or before the time and date specified.
  • Submissions after the deadline will result in the assignment/lab being considered late.   Instructors will deduct 10% per day up to a maximum of 3 days for late assignments.  After the third day, a student will receive a grade of zero.
  • Students should anticipate problems that will necessitate an extension of time.  If an extension is required, students will make this request in writing at least 24 business hours  (preferably longer) ahead of the assignment due date to the appropriate instructor. Please copy the program coordinator on any such requests. 
  • Please note that professors may not check their email on weekends, so you must contact the professor 24 business hours before the deadline. Students may not assume that they will receive an extension unless the professor has replied to their request and granted the extension in writing.
  • In extenuating circumstances, with appropriate documentation, an extension of time may be given at the discretion of the coordinator.

Feedback Policy 

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 and feedback will be given within two (2) weeks of the date on which they were written/due. 

It is the student's responsibility to review the feedback for accuracy (yes, instructors are human and can make errors), and ask for correction within 7 days if an error has been made.  Students should approach such requests professionally, as health care workers would in a working environment, when they have a concern.  

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

  • At least 24 hours after receiving the mark and within 7 days, provide a written request to the instructor indicating the area(s) of clarification required,
  • Initiate a meeting with the instructor to discuss,
  • Have pertinent information (assignment, mark sheet, etc.) available to discuss at the appointment.

Working together on Group Assignments

Students will often work with their 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. As a member of the group, you are responsible for everything that is submitted.  If an academic offense occurs, all group members will be subject academic penalties as per Conestoga's Academic Integrity Policy.

If concerns arise during the group process, it is the responsibility of group members to contact the course professor for assistance prior to the due date.

Course Grades

Students should track their grades on eConestoga throughout the semester and contact their instructor within 7 days 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 the course. The grades that you earn throughout the semester reflect 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 advised to use spell-check and grammar-check to assist with the editing of written work. The Library Resource Centre provides writing workshops and one-on-one appointments to assist students in becoming better writers.  This is an invaluable resource to students who require assistance in organizing and writing an assignment with correct spelling and grammar.

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

  • Word processed
  • Double spaced and one sided.
  • Submitted using Arial 12-point font and standard margins.
  • Written in a grammatically correct manner.
  • Submitted with a cover page indicating the course name, instructor's name, student's name, section (check your timetable – your section is not the same for all courses) and the date submitted.
  • Submitted using the APA@Conestoga format for references.
  • Submitted through Turnitin, unless otherwise indicated by the instructor

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.

​Reasons 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 (e.g. exam, essay or portfolio) 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 academic counselling (academic and/or personal).
  • Complete makeup work for missed learning experiences. Additional time may be granted to complete course outcomes, this process will be arranged as appropriate through Accessibility Services.
  • Complete the requirements of Probationary Status.

Completion of Supplemental Requirements

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 Program Coordinator. Please note that following the end of semester, contact with any student eligible to write a supplemental will be made by email. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their email after the end of a course until the grades are finalized.  A specific date and time will be given to each student to complete the supplemental requirements. If a student does not respond to this contact, the student forfeits the opportunity to submit supplemental work. 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 pays supplemental fee at the Registrar's Office.
  4. Student receives supplemental work from or is given a supplemental test date and time by the 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 Submit Supplemental Work

  • A student may submit supplemental work for a maximum of two courses in the Pre-Health Sciences 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 opportunity in that course.
  • A student must pass the supplemental work 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.
  • 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 given "special timetables". Prior to the beginning of the semester, students should attempt to add missed courses from a previous semester by logging in to the Student Portal and following the instructions to register for courses. If students are not able to add courses on their own (because of a timetable conflict or full course section) they must 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 responsible for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the Program of study, at their own expense. 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 prior to the deadline. If you wish to withdraw from the entire program, you must initiate the withdrawal through the student portal.

To add an elective for the Program, you must use the following instructions:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal,
  2. Click on the "My Courses" tab,
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings. 


Students who have  2 (two) or more failed courses in either level one or level two of the Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas 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 Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas 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 admission to the program. 
    • ​Students applying for year one level one must apply through
    • Students applying for level two may do so using the internal Program Application form available from 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 have been 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 course are equivalent before registering for an online or continuing education course.

Students who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are responsible 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 complete their certificate if they have failed courses.

Program Withdrawal

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. Students must initiate a program withdrawal through the student portal.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meets 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 member and/or Program Coordinator.

Readmission into Program

Students may be readmitted to the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program after being discontinued or after voluntary withdrawal by re-applying for admission through OCAS.  As only full-time students are accepted into the program, students may be required to re-take courses they have already passed. For additional information, refer to the Academic Administration page for more information on the readmission procedure.

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. Students 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 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 students have any questions regarding the conditions, they need to contact the admissions officer for the program at 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 students must ask specifically about their own situation.


Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the winter, 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 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 / Interdisciplinary Electives

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary 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 Interdisciplinary​ 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

​​​​Process for resolution of student concerns

To resolve any concerns that 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 before 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 Polic​ies and Procedures​ page, and to follow the procedures outlined under the "Academic Di​​spute Resolution and A​​ppeal Proc​edure".​​

​​​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. The information is as follows:
Administrative Records
Student Information (if applicable)File Location and Student AccessRetention

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 InformationFile Location and Student AccessRetention

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 AttainmentAs 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 their 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 the 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.

Work-Integrated Learning Experiences

​​​​​Student Consent Forms

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


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 businesses, industry leaders, and generous donors. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application form 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). For more information, visit Student Financial Services.​​​​

Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Effective January 2022: Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame and may include Sunday, 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. During the pandemic, on-campus Test Centres will be closed.
  • 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.

Program Handbook Revision Log

​Last Revised
By Whom
June 19, 2015Nicole Dorscht
June 25, 2015Cathy Skimson
May 6, 2016Catherine Skimson
June 7, 2016Nicole Dorscht
​June 12, 2017​Jillian Grant
​June 28, 2017​Wendy Dunbar
​May 29, 2018​Wendy Dunbar
​July 8, 2019
​Julia Rodricks
August 19, 2020
​Beth Davidson
​July 22, 2021
​​Beth Davidson

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 accommodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

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

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

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