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Build the foundation for a career in health care

Pre-health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate program

Your first step toward further studies in health programs. Develop your employability skills. Be on your way to a career in health care!

Program code PHPA
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

This program is designed to prepare students for success in their pursuit of a career in the field of health sciences. Students are afforded opportunities to explore various health science careers while fostering the professional attitudes and the solid knowledge and skill base required for entry into those careers. Studies encourage personal, professional and career awareness, study skills to support student academic success, and the essential employability skills required in the today’s workforce. Course offerings emphasize communications, biology, anatomy\physiology, general, organic and biochemistry, safe laboratory practice, medical terminology, interprofessional practice, cultural competencies, including indigenization, mathematics and physics. The application of these skills to health sciences and related science disciplines is incorporated into the entire program. The curriculum meets or exceeds the standards set by the current Ministry policy and provides potential for transferable post-secondary credits.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2023 Barrie, Owen Sound
Fall 2023 Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Pre-health Sciences program?

Pre-health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

What career paths can I take as a graduate of this program?

Your Pre-health Sciences certificate gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of this program are well-prepared to apply for admission to college advanced diploma programs or to general science degree programs in a wide range of studies in health science or general science.

Successful completion of the program does not guarantee entry into any health science and/or general science program.


Where do you go from here?

Students who successfully complete this program can go on to apply for admission to Health, Wellness and Sciences programs such as:

Please note: To further your studies in any of the programs listed above, you must follow the standard application process and meet admission requirements.

*This program requires an additional math course (MHF4U – Grade 12 Advanced Functions) to meet admission requirements.

What courses are included in the Pre-health Sciences certificate program?

Course overview

9 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
1 General Education Course

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Pre-health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program outline.

  • BIOL 1021 – Biology for Health and Sciences 1
  • CHEM 1008 – Chemistry for Health and Sciences 1
  • HLTH 1007 – Foundations for Success in Health Sciences
  • MATH 1030 – Math for Health and Sciences 1
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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