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Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Ontario College Certificate


Overview

If you are a mature student or high school graduate, the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate program can help you to earn the mathematics and sciences credits you need to gain entry into diploma or degree programs in health sciences or other science-related fields.

This part-time certificate program is designed to give you a strong foundation in the courses you need to succeed in your future studies. You'll take courses in English, communication, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, as well as general education courses in nutrition, fitness, and psychology. The courses will also enhance your opportunities for career exploration to help increase your options for further study.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U)

OR

  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

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Curriculum

BIO091
Biology
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Prerequisite(s):

Grade 11 or higher math skills required

This course is an introduction to the characteristics and functions of human biological systems, cells, tissues, organs, and various organ systems. Structure, function and the maintenance of homeostasis are explored in relation to health. Students examine anatomical models and/or engage in laboratory exercises and/or investigate through computer simulation. The students complete a capstone research project which is presented at the end of the course.




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EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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MTH069
Mathematics Level I
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Prerequisite(s):

Basic arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)

This is an introductory course in mathematics. By the end of the course, students will have acquired problem-solving and mathematical skills and have demonstrated the ability to apply mathematical principles to typical problems that arise in a variety of work places, including business, science, health care and technology. Using a modular approach, MTH069 also provides the first step for students wishing to upgrade their math skills to the Grade 12C level.




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BIO198
Advanced Biology
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Prerequisite(s):

BIO091 (grade B or higher) or Grade 11 C/U Biology

In this advanced course, students engage in a theoretical and practical investigation of the concepts and processes of biological systems. Areas of study include cellular metabolism, gene expression and regulation, genetic inheritance, evolution, and a detailed exploration of the anatomy and function of different organ systems to homeostasis. This course prepares students for post-secondary level studies of the life sciences and its related fields.
This course contains equivalent content to SBI4U, but it is not a ministry approved credit.




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CHM091
Chemistry
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Prerequisite(s):

MTH067/MTH069 or Equivalent

This is an introductory chemistry course. Students explore the relationship between chemical concepts and real life situations and on how chemical principles are important for biology.
This course provides the preparation necessary to enter Certificate and Diploma programs which require a current knowledge of chemistry and chemical concepts. Laboratory exercises and/or computer simulations and/or classroom demonstrations are designed to enhance understanding of the lecture material.




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NAT160
Natural Science: Nutrition
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

This course introduces students to the science of Nutrition and outlines the functions of the human body. The effectiveness of various diets and usefulness of food additives is explored. They will gain insight into the ways that food plays a variety of roles in maintaining health and reducing the risk of illness. Students will also learn the fundamentals needed to evaluate claims made by food faddists and food vendors.




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CHM198
Advanced Chemistry
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Prerequisite(s):

CHM091 (grade B or higher) or Grade 11C/U Chemistry

In this advanced course in chemistry, students examine organic chemistry, biochemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium electrochemistry and atomic/molecular structure. Emphasis is also placed on interpretation of data, problem solving and communicating scientific information.
Laboratory exercises and/or computer simulations and/or classroom demonstrations, will provide opportunities to consolidate concepts in a hands-on approach.
This course contains equivalent content to SCH4U, but it is not a Ministry approved credit.




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MTH197
Statistics I
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Prerequisite(s):

MTH079/MTH149 (grade B or higher) or Grade 11U/12C Math

In this course students explore data management and analysis within the context of mathematics. Students apply methods for organizing and analyzing information for solving problems involving probability and statistics and integrating statistical concepts in order to further refine their mathematical skills. This course will prepare students for study and work in a variety of fields including business, the social sciences, humanities, health science, and other science-related fields.




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NAT112
Physiology of Fitness
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149 or equivalent

Physiology of Fitness is designed to be both theoretical and practical, combining traditional classroom activity and practical application of health and fitness theory. Students participate in lectures and practical physical fitness and health activities that present how the body responds and adapts to exercise stress and explore contemporary fitness and health issues.




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PSY133
Positive Human Development: Achieving Authentic Happiness
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149 or equivalent.

Positive human development is the study of fulfillment and personal growth. In this course, students discover what distinguishes positive human development from the general study of human behaviour. Built on scientific principles, its applied approach uncovers strengths and promotes positive functioning. Subjective well-being is investigated resulting in techniques to enhance happiness that can be applied to current and future life circumstances and goals.




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OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Jennifer Stemerdink
Program Assistant
Jennifer.Stemerdink@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22507


Edith Chesser
Part-time Program Coordinator
Edith.Chesser@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24093


Norma Columbus
Program Coordinator
Norma.Columbus@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22517


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.