Pre-Health Sciences

The Pre-health program at Algonquin College prepares students to be successful in a variety of health science programs. Students explore their interests in the health science field, while developing strong study skills and earning credits which may be transferred to other college programs.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at
(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

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Related Programs:
General Arts and Science – Pre-Health Sciences (Pembroke Campus)

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 1438H01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

One-Year Certificate Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program prepares students to be successful in a variety of health science programs. Students explore their interests in the health science field while developing strong study skills and earning credits which may be transferred to other college programs.

Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for a number of Algonquin College programs including: Biotechnology - Advanced, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Fitness and Health Promotion, Massage Therapy, Medical Radiation Technology, Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant, Paramedic, Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training, Practical Nursing, Radiation Safety, Respiratory Therapy, Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician and Water and Wastewater Technician.

Students who are interested in the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree program should refer to the General Arts and Science - Pre-Nursing program.

Graduates of the program are eligible to receive an Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - One Year, with concentration in Pre-Health Sciences.

Graduates can apply to another program at the College or continue their studies in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program. Some credits may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs. Additionally, eligible students who complete the certificate program with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for Articulation Agreements. All articulation agreements to postsecondary institutions can be found at:

Two-Year Diploma Program

The two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program begins in September (for graduates of the one-year certificate program) and in January. General Arts and Science Year II provides a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. On successful completion of Year II students receive an Ontario College Diploma.

Graduates from the diploma program may apply for Advanced Standing at either Carleton University or the University of Ottawa, if they achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better. Articulation Agreements also exist with other postsecondary institutions.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:


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

Your Career

A General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate or Ontario College Diploma demonstrates to employers, colleges and universities that graduates have the ability to learn at a postsecondary level, have enhanced skills in oral and written communication, can conduct research in a systematic manner, and are flexible and open to meeting new challenges. These are important attributes in a world where change is rapid and adaptability is an asset.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DAT5758A Computer Applications The effective use of industry-standard software is vital to career success. Emphasis is placed on the production of professional-looking multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, and multi-page documents using Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Internet security and privacy are also addressed to enhance awareness of the implications of working online. Students develop the computer foundation to advance in academics and the workplace. 45.0
ENL6000A Communication Studies - Academic Focus The ability to exchange ideas effectively contributes to success in a variety of endeavours. Students apply principles of clear communication, considering focus, relevance, organization, tone and style. Tasks include research, analysis, documentation and presentation. Through lecture, discussion, and individual and team-based assignments, students focus on communicating in a variety of contexts and mediums. Particular attention is given to the requirements of academic writing. 45.0
MAT0022 Math for the Health Sciences I Evaluating arithmetic and algebraic expressions and applying mathematical principles to problems are vital skills in the health science field. Students review numeracy fundamentals, use analytical techniques to solve algebraic, linear, exponential and logarithmic equations, and manipulate values within and between various measurement systems. 45.0
PSY1710 Introduction to Psychology Understanding self and others is essential in promoting healthy interactions and success in personal and professional relationships. Students examine human behaviour and thought processes. Through discussion, in-class activities and learning materials, current biological, evolutionary and sociocultural perspectives in psychology are explored. 60.0
SCI5955 Biology An understanding of human biology forms the basis of further study in health science. Students learn about the cell as the basic unit of structure and function in the human body and relate organization of cells into tissues, organs and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis. Through lectures, interactive group work, and laboratory exercises, students gain an understanding of metabolic processes of cells in the digestive, circulatory, immune, respiratory, nervous and endocrine systems, as well as cell reproduction and genetics. 60.0
SSC0067 Foundations of Health Applying behavioural change principles to encourage individual responsibility for personal wellness is a vital skill in everyday life. Students explore personal and societal wellness from the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, occupational, and spiritual dimensions of health and identify strategies and interventions to encourage optimal wellness. Using the philosophies of holistic health, traditional care, and complementary care, students explore theoretical models of change to promote healthy lifestyle choices and to enhance the success of personal lifestyle changes. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
BIO5613 Anatomy and Physiology The structure and function of the body is basic to health science. Students further their study of the structure of the human body by working with anatomical models and become familiar with proper anatomical terminology. During lectures, online exercises, and interactive group work, students investigate the function of all the organ systems and their interrelationships in maintaining a healthy body. Through an introduction to microbiology, students also examine the transmission of disease.

Prerequisites: SCI5955
ENL5000G Communication Skills Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT0023 Math for the Health Sciences II Strong critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills are key to success in healthcare professions. Students develop these skills by using statistical concepts and methods for the organization, analysis and interpretation of data. In addition, students calculate the empirical and theoretical probability of simple events using the key rules of probability. Application questions are drawn from various healthcare fields.

Prerequisites: MAT0022
SCI5956 Chemistry Chemical principles important for biology are emphasized. Students learn about atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, solutions, electrolytes, acids, bases and buffers, nuclear chemistry and functional groups in organic compounds. Topics in biochemistry include types of nutrients, enzymes and rates of reaction. Laboratory exercises designed to enhance understanding of the lecture material are included. 60.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
PHY0002 Physics for the Health Sciences As the fundamental science, physics underpins chemistry and biology. Through the extensive use of algebra, students apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to physics principles 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. A minimum C grade in MAT0024 is required for registration in this elective course.

Prerequisites: MAT0024
SOC0008 Sociology The ability to determine the social structures and processes that influence and guide the behaviour of groups and societies is an essential skill in the workplace. Using major theoretical perspectives as a foundation, students examine behaviours, interactions and relationships within and between groups. Through lectures, group discussions, and independent research, students explore topics, such as socialization, social interaction, culture, social institutions, gender, health, deviance and social change. 60.0
Elective Group A Hours
GAS0019 Level I Substitute Xix To be used as a substitute. 45.0
GAS0020 Level I Substitute Xx To be used as substitute. 45.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,529.30. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,055.34. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit

Books and supplies cost approximately $400 per year. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See for more information about books. Some textbooks include a software package which is mandatory as it includes evaluation components for the program.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

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 60% or higher.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22

    Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

Please note that students must receive a minimum grade of C in MAT0022 or MAT5902 in order to be eligible to register in the PHY0002 elective. For more information, contact Janna Redmond, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 2087 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time