Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Brockville Campus | Program Code: 1094
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This two-semester Ontario College Certificate program prepares individuals for successful admission to, and future success in, diploma and degree-level Health Sciences programs and other post-secondary studies. Program content provides students with the required knowledge and skills to meet admission requirements for a range of diploma and degree-level programs and with transferable post-secondary credits where relevant. Students acquire knowledge and develop skills in communications, mathematics and sciences preparing them for the rigours of their next academic program. Complementing the study of anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and the option of physics, is the opportunity to learn about the health sciences and potential careers while meeting general education and essential employability skills mandated by Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities policy.

Program Details

Code 1094
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Brockville
Program Length 1 Year
Delivery Full-Time

Program Highlights

Students will study required courses such as Communications, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, in addition to choosing an option of Physics or a Social Science course. The Communication courses enable students to improve academic writing and critical thinking skills which are important to their success in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students receive hands-on experience in microscopy and other basic laboratory skills and may also use the Nursing Simulation Lab to enhance their learning of Anatomy and Physiology.

Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, or 75% average, in this program to be eligible for consideration.

Note: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is in high demand and admission is not guaranteed with the completion of this program as there may be ranking and residency limitations.

Program Outline


COMM 34 provides instruction and practice in college and workplace communication skills with an emphasis on the development of strategies to organize and express ideas in a clear and professional manner suitable to a variety of audiences. Course work also provides opportunities for the development of writing, grammar, research, citation, analytical, reading, and listening skills.

This course covers key concepts in atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, and quantities in chemical reactions. Data collection, data analysis and laboratory techniques will be covered in the laboratory component of the course.

As the first mathematics course for Pre-Health students, the content covers numeracy, percentages, proportions, conversions, and dosages using mental math. Fundamental algebra, linear functions and linear systems of equations, 2D and 3D geometry, and exponential and logarithmic functions are also explored. All concepts have a health care focus and include real world applications to the health sciences. 

This introductory course familiarizes students with the functionality of the internal college computer network. Course content explores the effective use of the student intranet site, email, and the learning management system. Students are also introduced to the current version of Microsoft Word and how to create, edit and manipulate documents. Using Microsoft Excel, students create and manipulate workbooks and worksheets for the purpose of organizing, analyzing and presenting data.

This course is designed to develop critical thinking skills and apply them to contemporary ethical issues. The development of critical thinking skills and ethical reasoning supports students in identifying, assessing, evaluating, and construct logical and valid arguments. Students apply these skills to various ethical issues in the healthcare field.

This course enables the learner to develop a foundation in the fundamental concepts and applications of Biological Sciences. The learner studies and explores fundamental principles of cellular organization, structure and function as they relate to metabolism, interaction with its external environment, growth, disorders, cellular reproduction, inheritance, and the basis of microbes and infectious diseases. This course enables the learner to examine these concepts with a systemic approach to the study of the human body.

This course is a post-secondary academic writing course designed to help students master skills that are required in advanced studies, in professional settings, and in many university programs. In this course, the emphasis will be on developing reading, writing and research skills. Reading skills will be developed through assigned readings and research-related exercises. Through writing reviews of literature and summaries, students will develop their writing skills and apply editing skills. In addition, students will analyze and assess research and correctly incorporate research in-text using prescribed documentation guidelines. Oral and listening skills will be developed through participation in a variety of in-class situations.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 34

This course introduces students to statistical methods used in analyzing data. Students use numerical methods to calculate measures of central tendency and variation and also use graphs, charts, and tables to effectively describe, analyze, and interpret data. Empirical and theoretical probability of simple events are calculated and students distinguish between discrete and continuous probabilities and calculate probabilities using various probability distributions. Confidence intervals for means and proportions are calculated. Students apply statistics tools from descriptive and inferential statistics to data collected from the health care field.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 104

This course builds on the concepts developed in CHEM103 with emphasis on energy changes and rates of reactions, chemical systems and equilibrium, acids and bases, stoichiometric calculations, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Nomenclature and reactions of organic compounds including selected biomolecules are covered. An emphasis is placed on applications of these topics in health care and environmental issues. Data collection, data analysis, laboratory techniques, and report writing are covered in the laboratory component of the course.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 103

This course provides a general overview of human interaction in Canadian society. Students will become familiar with a variety of factors which affect group behaviour, and individual behaviour within the group: factors such as cultural influences, socialization, norms, beliefs, and values. (3 hrs. per week)
Prerequisite: None.

This second level biology course builds upon the concepts introduced in BIOL 110. The course uses a systems approach to the study of the biological structures and physiological functions of the human body. Organ systems of the human body are explored with an introduction to common pathologies with examples taken from current scientific research.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110


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.

Applicants are highly recommended to apply to the September intake of the Pre-Health Science Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program if planning to start a highly competitive program the following September.

Bonus Points

Full-time Pre-Health Sciences 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.



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
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$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$970.12 CAD
$3,691.48 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$15,960.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,745.45 CAD
$17,705.45 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.


Our Brockville campus received a major facelift in 2018 and has a brand new library, complete with individual and group study space, a newly renovated cafeteria, student common lounges, and more.

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Career Opportunities

The program is designed to give students a strong foundation in core course to support future health sciences academic endeavours, but are not designed to prepare students for a specific career opportunity at the end of the one year certificate program.


"I came to St. Lawrence College as a mature student looking to switch careers completely. Pre-Health Sciences provided me with the necessary tools and training to upgrade my credits and get into the nursing program of my choice. For me, it was an absolutely vital stepping stone to a career that will certainly provide me with purpose and meaning for decades to come."
Margaret Balena
"The professors were exceptionally knowledgeable, fully helping me understand the material and reach my goals as a mature student and mom. Achieving an above-average GPA while having a 4-year old at home was no easy task. However, help was always available when needed. "

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Trisha Morrow
613.345.0660 ext. 3192

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