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Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas (Pembroke)

Algonquin College
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

Program description

Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas (Pembroke)

This one-year Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Ontario College Certificate program provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities fundamental to academic success in a variety of health science programs. Develop strong study skills and earn post-secondary credits that may be transferred to other college programs.

As a student, you explore your interests in the health science field while meeting the eligibility requirements for a number of Algonquin College programs, including:

  • Dental Assisting - Level I and II
  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Paramedic
  • Practical Nursing
  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician

Admission requirements

This program is well suited to individuals who:

  • Are interested in health sciences.
  • Have good study habits and time management skills.
  • Enjoy working with others and as a member of a team.
  • Are attentive to detail.
  • Have an interest in enhancing their aptitude in math and science.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Human Biology
  • Communication Studies for the Health Sciences
  • Math for the Health Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Exploring Careers in Health Sciences

Level: 02

  • Human Biology II
  • Communication and Research for the Health Sciences
  • Introductory Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • Chemistry II
  • Sociology of Health

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine fundamental biological concepts, processes and systems of the human body, including the structure, function and properties of the molecules of life, cells, tissues and organ systems in relation to homeostasis and health.
  2. Examine fundamental concepts, processes and systems of chemistry, including matter and chemical bonding; quantities in chemical reactions; solutions and solubility; acids and bases; as well as nomenclature, structure and properties of organic compounds in relation to health and the human body.
  3. Solve basic numeric problems and interpret data related to health sciences and other science-related fields using mathematical concepts, including algebra, basic probability and descriptive statistics.
  4. Use health sciences and other science-related language and terminology appropriately to communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in written, spoken and visual forms.
  5. Prepare a personal strategy and plan for academic, career and professional development in the health sciences or other science-related fields.
  6. Investigate health sciences and science-related questions, problems and evidence using the scientific method.
  7. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Continuing studies

The intention of this program is to prepare you for further study in certificates or diplomas, rather than moving directly into the chosen industry. It is important to note that completing this program doesn`t guarantee entry into a health or science program.

Students interested in further academic study in a three-year advanced diploma or university program should refer to the Pre-Health Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program.

Career opportunities

The curriculum provides you with the opportunity to learn more about potential careers in health sciences as you improve your skills and knowledge in communications, mathematics, biology and chemistry.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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