Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Kingston 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 January, September
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Kingston
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


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.

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 is an introductory computer course that familiarizes students with the functionality of internal college systems and the current version of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It also explores the theory and concepts of computer hardware and software, with a hands-on introduction to the Windows operating system, file management techniques, and Internet browsers. This course allows students to navigate through the software applications and learn how to create effective documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

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 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

Students apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to physics concepts related to the health science field. Concepts studied include kinematics, forces, work, energy and power, thermodynamics, fluids and pressure, nuclear physics, electrostatics, magnetism, waves and electromagnetic radiation.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 104

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
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$2,721.36 CAD
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$1,498.52 CAD
$4,219.88 CAD

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

Program Fees
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$15,960.00 CAD
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$0.00 CAD
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$2,273.85 CAD
$18,233.85 CAD


Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

Kingston Campus

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.


"All the classes I took in Pre-Health are helping me in the BScN program today. Classes like communications helped me develop my writing, reading and researching skills, which have been a real asset to me because I use them a lot in nursing. Classes such as chemistry and biology prepared me for nursing classes such as anatomy and physiology. "
Vanessa Ramsay
"As a mature student, Pre-Health Sciences was integral to my successful career change. The curriculum provided an excellent educational foundation and facilitated my acceptance into the BScN program at St. Lawrence College. The professors were welcoming, helpful and extremely professional. "
Kimberly Ann MacEachern
"Students were provided with tools to help them realize success in the form of peer tutoring, math and writing centre help, and on-on-one sessions with course instructors. Thanks to my time in the Pre-Health program, I entered the nursing program with a strong background, a familiarity with course expectations, and an established group of friends. "
Rick Roberson

Program Contacts

Program Content
Mazen Toukh
613.544.5400 ext 1666

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