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Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway program prepares individuals for successful admission to, and future success in, certificate and diploma-level Health Sciences programs and other post-secondary studies. Courses in math, biology, and chemistry are complemented by studies in communications, computers, and general education. Program content provides students with the required knowledge and skills to meet admission requirements for future study in a college Health Sciences programs such as Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Veterinary Assistant and Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician, and with transferable post-secondary credits where relevant.


Students will study required courses such as Communications, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, as well as computers and an elective in general education. A Physics elective is also available. The Communications courses enable students to improve academic writing and critical thinking skills which are important to their success in the program.

Note: Students wishing to eventually take the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program or other Advanced Diploma Health Science programs should apply to the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program.

Program Name

Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

Semester 1
BIOL 110 Cellular and Molecular Biology
CHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
COMM 42 Critical Thinking
COMP 9 Computer Applications
MATH 104 Math for Pre-Health Sciences

Semester 2
BIOL 111 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 104 Fundamentals of Chemistry 2
COMM 38 Communications for Arts and Sciences and Pre-Health Sciences
MATH 14 Introductory Statistics
General Education Elective (1)
Choose one of the following:
PHYS 100 Introduction to Physical Sciences
PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 58 Abnormal Psychology

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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 C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math at C, U or M level

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    Bonus Points

    Full-time Pre-Health Science Pathway for Certificates and Diplomas 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. Applicants awarded the additional 10 percent must successfully complete the two-semester program, and be granted the respective certificate, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or their admissibility for the program will be re-evaluated without the additional 10 percent; the offer of admission may be revoked if the applicant is no longer competitive. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


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    I think our year is phenomenal for the relationships that we’ve built with one another. We’re a very tight-knit group, because there’s a fairly small number of us in our class. We do quite a few social things together. At the last Feb Fest, we had a 24-hour snowbridge building competition. We had to build all the way through the night from noon on Thursday to noon on Friday. And everybody just worked together, everybody from all three years got involved. Situations like that are such great team-building experiences.

    Danielle Cardoza

    Program Contact

    Denise Nielsen

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    Additional Information

    Articulation and 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:

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