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Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston


This two-semester Ontario College Certificate program prepares individuals for successful admission to, and future success in, diploma and degree-level Health Sciences programs and other post-secondary studies.  Program content provides students with the required knowledge and skills to meet admission requirements for a range of diploma and degree-level programs and with transferable post-secondary credits where relevant.  Students acquire knowledge and develop skills in communications, mathematics and sciences preparing them for the rigours of their next academic program.   Complementing the study of anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics, is the opportunity to learn about the health sciences and potential careers while meeting general education and essential employability skills mandated by Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities policy.  


Students will study required courses such as Communications, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physical Sciences as well as courses such as Sociology or Psychology. The Communication courses enable students to improve academic writing and critical thinking skills which are important to their success in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students receive hands-on experience in microscopy and other basic laboratory skills and may also use the Nursing Simulation Lab to enhance their learning of Anatomy and Physiology.

Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing must maintain a 3.0 GPA, or 75% average, in this program to be eligible for consideration.

Note: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a program in high demand and admission is not guaranteed with the completion of this program as there may be ranking and residency limitations.

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Program Name

Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $2,850.18. Compulsory fees are $789.55. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $13,420.00. Compulsory fees are $1,467.55. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
COMM 42 Critical Thinking Skills
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
COMP 222 Computer Application Fundamentals
BIOL 110 Cellular and Molecular Biology
CHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry
MATH 104 Mathematics for Pre-Health Sciences

Semester 2
COMM 38 Communications II
MATH 14 Introductory Statistics
EGEN 2020 General Education Elective
BIOL 111 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 104 Quantitative Chemistry and Applications
SOCI 10 Introductory Sociology

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites: 

  • Grade 12 English at C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at C, U or M level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Bonus Points

Full-time Pre-Health Sciences students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    All the classes I took in Pre-Health are helping me in the BScN program today. Classes like communications helped me develop my writing, reading and researching skills, which have been a real asset to me because I use them a lot in nursing. Classes such as chemistry and biology prepared me for nursing classes such as anatomy and physiology. It taught me fundamental aspects of the human body and it helped me develop good study habits as well.

    Vanessa Ramsay

    Program Contact

    Trisha Morrow

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence 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. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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