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://www3.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 1438H01FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014


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: Practical Nursing, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Fitness and Health Promotion, Massage Therapy, Paramedic, Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training, Respiratory Therapy, Biotechnology Technologist, Water and Waste Water Technician, Medical Radiation Technology and Radiation Safety.

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.

This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod.

Computers 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 a health-related field.
  • Have good study and time management skills.
  • Enjoy working as a member of a team.
  • Are attentive to detail.

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 education and employment. 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 education and employment. 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
MAT0002 Students develop the necessary skills for solving mathematical problems related to the health science field. Topics include a review of arithmetic concepts, solving algebraic equations, manipulating values within and between various measurement systems, and using statistical methods to organize and report on data. Math for Health Science Students develop the necessary skills for solving mathematical problems related to the health science field. Topics include a review of arithmetic concepts, solving algebraic equations, manipulating values within and between various measurement systems, and using statistical methods to organize and report on data. 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 Students learn about the cell as the basic unit of structure and function in the human body and relate organization of cells into tissues and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis. Metabolic processes of cells in the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and endocrine systems are studied, as well as cell reproduction and genetics. Biology Students learn about the cell as the basic unit of structure and function in the human body and relate organization of cells into tissues and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis. Metabolic processes of cells in the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and endocrine systems are studied, 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 Students develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on organization of the body into cells, tissues, membranes and systems and the maintenance of homeostasis in the body. Organ systems covered include musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and renal. A unit on microbiology prepares students for the introduction to medical asepsis.

Prerequisites: SCI5955
Anatomy and Physiology Students develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on organization of the body into cells, tissues, membranes and systems and the maintenance of homeostasis in the body. Organ systems covered include musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and renal. A unit on microbiology prepares students for the introduction to medical asepsis.

Prerequisites: SCI5955
75.0
ENL1823G Effective workplace communication skills are required by all graduates. This course focuses 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, practice 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. This course focuses 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, practice presentation skills, and work in teams to produce a collaborative research project.

Prerequisites: ENL1813G
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. 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. 60.0
SSC1706 Human sexuality plays a major role in everyone's life and is an integral part of what we do and who we are. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, debate and guest speakers from community organizations, students explore the diversity of sexual attitudes, beliefs and practices. Students examine their own sexual beliefs, learn to distinguish sexual myths from facts, and view attitudes and practices within the broader Canadian multi-cultural society. Students develop knowledge, sensitivity and understanding of key areas of sexuality including a historical perspective, sexual anatomy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual identity and orientation, all of which contribute to success in personal and professional areas. Human Sexuality I Human sexuality plays a major role in everyone's life and is an integral part of what we do and who we are. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, debate and guest speakers from community organizations, students explore the diversity of sexual attitudes, beliefs and practices. Students examine their own sexual beliefs, learn to distinguish sexual myths from facts, and view attitudes and practices within the broader Canadian multi-cultural society. Students develop knowledge, sensitivity and understanding of key areas of sexuality including a historical perspective, sexual anatomy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual identity and orientation, all of which contribute to success in personal and professional areas. 60.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
PHY0001 Students apply problem-solving techniques to physics concepts related to the health science field. Concepts studied include linear motion, force, work, energy and power, temperature and heat, fluids and pressure, sound, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic radiation.

Prerequisites: MAT0002 (7) or MAT5902 (7)
Physics for the Health Sciences Students apply problem-solving techniques to physics concepts related to the health science field. Concepts studied include linear motion, force, work, energy and power, temperature and heat, fluids and pressure, sound, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic radiation.

Prerequisites: MAT0002 (7) or MAT5902 (7)
45.0
SOC1724 Students are introduced to the major structures, institutions and processes that organize and govern human interaction within and between groups. Topics include social theory, stratification, socialization, culture, social institutions, collective behaviour and social change. Fundamentals of Sociology Students are introduced to the major structures, institutions and processes that organize and govern human interaction within and between groups. Topics include social theory, stratification, socialization, culture, social institutions, collective behaviour and social change. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,304.75 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $62 per term. *

Mobile Computing Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: $299.75 in Level 01 and $307.26 in Level 02. ***

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $210.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Health Service Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. ****

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

A $25 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 $4,600 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 Mobile Computing Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services to student registered in a amandatory laptop programs.

*** The eTextbook fee includes most of the required text and digital resources. The resources will be provided at the beginning of each term.

**** 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 $1,200 per year and can be purchased in the campus bookstore. 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 there is a current fee of $40 (subject to change).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 60% or higher.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide 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 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 https://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: 1-866-620-3845
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

Please note students must receive a minimum grade of C in MAT0002 or MAT5902 in order to be eligible to register in the PHY0001 elective.

For more information, contact Myriam Thanasse, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5231 or thanasm@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