Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

Cornwall Campus | Program Code: 1093
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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.

Program Details

Code 1093
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Cornwall
Program Length 1 Year
Delivery Full-Time

Program Highlights

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 Outline

  • Semester 2:
    Choose one of the following: PHYS 100, PSYC 25 OR PSYC 58


This course covers key concepts in atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, quantities in chemical reactions, and solutions. Data collection, data analysis and laboratory techniques will be covered in the laboratory component of the course. The relationship between the course topics and health and environmental issues is also stressed.


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.

As the first mathematics course for Pre-Health students, the content covers numeracy, conversions and dosages using mental math. Fundamental algebra, linear functions, trigonometry of right triangles, 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 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 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 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 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 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

This course presents an overview of the scientific study of human development from conception to death. Students study research findings concerning physical, social and cognitive development in order to inform their practice as Social Service Workers. This knowledge is useful when planning and evaluating strategies to identify, prevent, and overcome barriers to healthy development.

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


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.



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$818.32 CAD
$3,539.68 CAD

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$14,600.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,529.65 CAD
$16,129.65 CAD

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


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Program Contacts

Program Contact
Denise Nielsen
613.933.6080, ext. 2301

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
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International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514