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General Arts & Science (Certificate)– Health Sciences for College Stream

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston


Please note: For Fall 2017 this program will be called Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas, Program code: 1093 

The General Arts & Science (Certificate) program offers a foundational year for students preparing for future study in a wide range of fields. For students in the Health Sciences for College stream, core courses in communications, computers, and personal development are enhanced by courses in math, biology, and chemistry. Graduates of the Health Sciences for College stream are prepared for future study in college Health Sciences programs such as Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Biotechnology - Advanced, Veterinary Technology, and Medical Laboratory Technology.

For students moving on to other St. Law­rence College programs after completing this one-year program, some of the courses completed as part of this program may trans­fer. For more information, please consult the appropriate program coordinator of your targeted program.

Students wishing to eventually take the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program should consider the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program.


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Program Name

General Arts & Science (Certificate)– Health Sciences for College Stream

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 semesters in 1 year (500 hours)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fee: $2,850.18. Compulsory fee: $1,102.15. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fee: $13,420.00. Compulsory fee:$1,780.15. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
Biology or Chemistry
Communications I
General Education Elective (2)

Semester 2
Chemistry or Biology
Communications II
General Education Elective (1)

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Bonus Points

Full-time General Arts and Science students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    The classes are not too big so you really have a connection with your teachers. I really like how I can call my teachers by their first names, and that I can relate to them on a personal level. My teachers always seem to have an open door policy, and invite you to swing by anytime you have questions. It’s really helpful to be able to do that.

    Leigh Preece

    Program Contact

    Lisa Slack

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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