Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2020

See curriculum for: September 2021
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 08, 2020
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,018.95 per semester*
$7,994.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Examine biological concepts, processes and systems of the human body, including genetics and epigenetics, as well as the structure, function and properties of the molecules of life, cells, tissues and organ systems in relation to homeostasis, physical development and health
  • Examine concepts, processes and systems of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure; quantities in chemical reactions; solutions and solubility; acids and bases; as well as organic chemistry and biochemistry in relation to health and the human body
  • Solve numeric problems and interpret data related to health sciences and other science-related fields using mathematical concepts, including algebra and probability, along with descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Use health sciences and other science-related language and terminology appropriately to communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in written, spoken, and visual forms
  • Prepare a personal strategy and plan for academic, career and professional development in the health sciences or other science-related fields
  • Investigate health sciences and science-related questions, problems and evidence using the scientific method.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

SCIE 167
Units/ Hours: 60

Students will have the opportunity to investigate the molecular basis of life as they study topics in cellular structure and function, metabolism, reproduction, and gene expression. The underlying concepts and principles of biology will be applied to the study of the human body as students are introduced to the various organ systems and core theme of homeostasis. An applied laboratory component will allow students to deepen their understanding of theoretical concepts using scientific investigation.

SCIE 169
Units/ Hours: 60

Throughout the duration of this introductory chemistry course, students will prepare for further study and future employment in health related fields. Students will engage in topics such as matter & energy, basic periodic trends and atomic structure, nomenclature of ionic and covalent compounds, VSEPR theory and chemical reactions and quantities including the mole. The laboratory component of the course will provide opportunities to consolidate theoretical concepts in a hands-on approach.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Units/ Hours: 60

This course will reinforce fundamental pre-algebra and algebra skills while preparing the student mathematically for study and work in health science and other science-related fields. Topic coverage will include the real number system, functions and function notation, simplifying expressions, evaluating, solving and graphing functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric), solving problems involving right- and non-right triangles, and solving systems of equations and inequalities using a variety of techniques. Students will apply their knowledge to solve health science and science-related problems.

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 45

The second half of English I continues to emphasize consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures: write analytical and argumentative essays and a major paper for an independent literary research project: and apply key concepts to analyse media works. An important focus will be on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.

SCIE 168
Units/ Hours: 60

This course follows General and Human Biology I to further enable students to develop a foundation in the biological sciences as well as human anatomy and physiology. Students will continue to study theory and conduct applied laboratory investigations on various topics, including the organ systems responsible for control, coordination, and maintenance of the human body.

SCIE 170
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course, students will broaden their understanding of introductory concepts established in General and Organic Chemistry I. Topics in the first part of the course will include solutions, and reaction rates & equilibrium, including acid-base equilibrium. The second half of the course emphasizes alignment between chemical concepts acquired early on in the course with organic chemistry, culminating in the study of metabolic pathways involving biomolecules in the human body. The laboratory component of the course will provide opportunities to consolidate theoretical concepts in a hands-on approach.

Units/ Hours: 60

This introductory statistics course will prepare students for study and work in health science and other science-related fields. Concepts studied include numerical and graphical summaries of data, correlation, probability, and an introduction to inferential statistics. Students will apply their knowledge to organize large amounts of information, describe and interpret data from science and health care related fields. In the hybrid portion of this course, students will learn to use technology to calculate statistics and display data.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.