School of Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

1 year Ontario College Certificate

Prepare for further college studies or your future career in the health sciences sector in our unique culture-based program.


This program will prepare you to meet the challenges of post-secondary education while you gain a solid understanding of Indigenous history and culture, as well as vital science and math skills.

What You Learn

  • Technical math
  • Chemistry
  • Human biology
  • Culture and heritage
  • Introduction to Ojibwe or Cree
  • Mathematic applications
  • Student success strategies: Ingwamazin/Aagamezii
  • Identity and the Indigenous psyche
  • Social justice and Indigenous societies
  • Wellness

OSSD or equivalent

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

IPS 100 Culture and Heritage
OJI 100 Introduction to Ojibwe
MTH 090 Mathematic Applications and Indigenous Knowledge for Health Studies
IPS 130 Student Success Strategies: Ingwamazin/Aagamezii
BIO 098 Human Biology I
CHM 105 Introduction Chemistry

Semester 2

MTH 138 Pre-Health Math II
IPS 210 Identity and the Indigenous Psyche
IPS 230 Social Justice and Indigenous Societies
OJI 200 Introduction to Ojibwe II
IPS 110 Wellness
BIO 109 Human Biology II
CHM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry
Ontario College Certificate

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Further Your Education to programs such as:

  • Practical Nursing
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant / Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139