Ontario College Certificate in Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Curriculum
Formerly named: General Arts and Science - College Health Science
Accepting Applications for September 2023
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Examine fundamental biological concepts, processes and systems of the human body, including the structure, function and properties of the molecules of life, cells, tissues and organ systems in relation to homeostasis and health.
- Examine fundamental concepts, processes and systems of chemistry, including matter and chemical bonding; quantities in chemical reactions; solutions and solubility; acids and bases; as well as nomenclature, structure and properties of organic compounds, in relation to health and the human body.
- Solve basic numeric problems and interpret data related to health sciences and other science-related fields using mathematical concepts, including algebra, basic probability and descriptive 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
This introductory chemistry course will prepare students for further study and future employment in the health science field. Students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of chemistry as they study matter, energy, chemical reactions and how these topics relate to the health sciences. The applied laboratory component of the course will allow students to deepen their understanding of theoretical concepts using scientific investigation. Successful completion of this course will prepare students to continue on to the more comprehensive chemistry course offered in the second semester.
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.
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of biology, human anatomy and human physiology including cellular structure, the form and function of body systems, the organization of humans as biological systems and homeostasis. Students will have the opportunity for the application of concepts in a laboratory setting. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for further study of biological sciences at the college level.
This course will enable students to apply mathematical concepts important for students in the College Health Science program. It is also designed to complement and reinforce learning in the first semester Human Biology and Chemistry for Health Science courses.
Students will investigate and explore a variety of professional issues specific to the professions in the health field. Students will apply critical thinking to topics such as legal issues and ethical practice.
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.
This chemistry course follows Chemistry for College Health Science I and is designed to prepare students for study and work in a chemistry-related or health science field. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of quantitative relationships, gases, solutions, acid-base chemistry, and chemical equilibrium. Students will also be introduced to essential concepts in organic chemistry and biochemistry. In the laboratory component, students will apply theoretical concepts and gain practical experience in following lab protocol and writing lab reports.
Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.
This course provides students with the opportunity for continued study of the concepts and processes associated with the human body. Students will study theory and conduct applied investigation to the many organ systems of the body, including cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
This course will support students as they prepare for future health-related pathway programs. Students will develop realistic goals and strategies for their next learning or working experience as well as initiate the development of a professional portfolio to showcase their skills, accomplishments, and experience. Students will also make decisions about self-directed learning to meet identified personal and educational goals and career objectives. During the course, students will investigate the roles of professional standards in health-related fields, the roles of community health agencies, and career opportunities for health workers.
This course will enable students to apply mathematical concepts important for student in the College Health Science program. It is also designed to complement and reinforce learning in the second semester Human Biology and Chemistry for Health Science courses.
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.