Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

Kingston 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 Kingston
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


This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed in college and workforce environments. Emphasis is placed on improving foundational communication strategies-reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on developing research and critical thinking skills.

This course provides students with a primer to the study of biology. Students examine concepts such as the hierarchy of biological classification, and the cell as the fundamental unit of biological organization. Other topics include investigation of cellular biology- from biological molecules, to cells, to whole organisms. Students learn that all living things share a common genetic language, along with similarities in cellular reproduction.

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of chemistry. Students examine the characteristics of matter, the chemical and physical properties of the elements. Other topics covered include accurate and precise measurement techniques, trends in the periodic table, chemical naming conventions, and balanced chemical equations.

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 introductory course in mathematics reviews fundamental math skills such asintegers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and order of operations before exploringtopics including measurement, algebra, linear equations, exponents, andlogarithms. The purpose of this course is to build a diverse set of basicmathematical skills and apply this understanding to problems related to trades,technology, and/or health sciences.

This course further develops knowledge of biology with a focus shifted toward the human organism and healthcare. This course focuses on the organization of human cell types, organs, organ systems, and cellular signaling. Other topics explored include classifying of the components of the immune system, the immune response, cancer, and various types of infectious agents.

This course further develops knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include the structure of organic compounds, their chemical properties, and their reactions, students gain perspective for future studies in healthcare related fields. This course also introduces the properties of solutions, the concept of molarity, and the importance of water as the universal solvent. Further topics explored include issues related to acids and bases, the pH scale, and chemistry related to the human body.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105

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 introduces probability, research methods, and statistics used in the fields of health sciences. The course includes instruction related to probability, data collection techniques, the use of descriptive statistical methods to summarize and present data, the application of Z-scores to calculate probabilities and raw data scores, the use of correlational techniques to determine if two variables are related, and predictive strategies to make predictions from one variable to another.


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
$1,452.52 CAD
$4,173.88 CAD

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


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