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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
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid +
In person +
What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

In this Pre-health Sciences preparatory program, you develop life-long personal, professional and academic skills and habits to support success in your academic and career goals. Classroom studies in math, chemistry, physics, and biology are brought to life through your hands-on experience in Georgian College’s modern laboratory facilities. You explore current career opportunities in health care and the educational requirements, roles and responsibilities for each, including strategies that support equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. Throughout the program, you also build problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. 

As a student in this program, you gain valuable learning, experience and insight into what is required to be successful in college studies. As an added bonus, you earn post-secondary course credits that may be eligible for transfer credits in future college programs. 

As a graduate of this program, you are prepared for success in further health care and medical sciences studies offered through advanced diploma and/or degree programs. Please note that all programs have their own minimum GPA requirements and completing the Pre-health Sciences program does not guarantee acceptance into other programs.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie, Muskoka, Orangeville, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay
Winter 2025 Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

*Program delivery methods apply to full-time programs only. Please contact recruitment for more information about the delivery method at the campus you’re interested in.

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • 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 sciences and general sciences.

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.

Your course delivery method(s)


This program has a hybrid delivery method. Some parts are online and other parts are delivered in person. You’ll need to come to campus for part of your program.

In person

This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.


This program is delivered online. You’ll learn remotely and won’t be required to come to campus. Online learning can be synchronous – you’ll meet with your professor for online classes at scheduled times – or asynchronous – you’ll complete online learning modules on your own.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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