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 http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 1438H01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


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, Paramedic, Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training, Practical Nursing, Radiation Safety, Respiratory Therapy, Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician and Water and Waste Water 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. Students who complete this certificate can take advantage of articulation agreements with several health related programs at Algonquin. Applications must be received by February 1st.

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 provide 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 www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are interested in exploring 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.

Courses

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
DAT5758 In today's world, it is essential to communicate effectively using technology in the education and employment fields. Students improve or learn new computer skills by producing multi-page documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations with Microsoft Office software. Computer Foundations In today's world, it is essential to communicate effectively using technology in the education and employment fields. Students improve or learn new computer skills by producing multi-page documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations with Microsoft Office software. 45.0
ENL1813G 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. Communications I 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
MAT0022 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. 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 Students examine human behaviour and thought processes. Current biological, evolutionary and sociocultural perspectives in psychology are explored. Introduction to Psychology Students examine human behaviour and thought processes. Current biological, evolutionary and sociocultural perspectives in psychology are explored. 60.0
SCI5955 An understanding of human biology is essential to 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. Biology An understanding of human biology is essential to 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 Students explore personal and societal wellness from physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions, 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, to enhance the success of personal lifestyle changes and to encourage individual responsibility for personal wellness. Foundations of Health Students explore personal and societal wellness from physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions, 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, to enhance the success of personal lifestyle changes and to encourage individual responsibility for personal wellness. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
BIO5613 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
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
75.0
ENL1823G Effective workplace communication skills are required by all graduates. Emphasis is placed on workplace correspondence, job search strategies, report writing, and teamwork. Students compose, edit, and revise a variety of workplace-oriented messages, prepare a targeted resume, practise presentation skills and work in teams to produce a collaborative research project.

Prerequisites: ENL1813G
Communications II Effective workplace communication skills are required by all graduates. Emphasis is placed on workplace correspondence, job search strategies, report writing, and teamwork. Students compose, edit, and revise a variety of workplace-oriented messages, prepare a targeted resume, practise presentation skills and work in teams to produce a collaborative research project.

Prerequisites: ENL1813G
45.0
MAT0023 Strong critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision making skills are essential 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 will be drawn from various healthcare fields.

Prerequisites: MAT0022
Math for the Health Sciences II Strong critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision making skills are essential 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 will be drawn from various healthcare fields.

Prerequisites: MAT0022
45.0
SCI5956 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. 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 is a fundamental science. In this algebra-based course, 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.

Prerequisites: MAT0022 (7) or MAT5902 (7)
Physics for the Health Sciences Physics is a fundamental science. In this algebra-based course, 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.

Prerequisites: MAT0022 (7) or MAT5902 (7)
60.0
SOC0008 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. 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 To be used as a substitute. Level I Substitute Xix To be used as a substitute. 45.0
GAS0020 To be used as substitute. Level I Substitute Xx To be used as substitute. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $400 per year and can be purchased at the campus store. Some software packages are mandatory as they include evaluation components for the program.

Admission Requirements 

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 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; OR 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:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring 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 xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx 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
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com.

Additional Information

Please note 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 Myriam Thanasse, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5231 or thanasm@algonquincollege.com OR Janna Redmond, Program Coordinator at 613-727-4723 ext. 2087 or redmonj@algonquincollege.com

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