School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

1 year Ontario College Certificate

Prepare for further college studies in the health sciences sector.


Obtain the knowledge you need to make an informed program choice, and the necessary skills and prerequisites to start your academic career in the health sector. 

Graduates of this program are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for a number of Canadore College programs including: Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Biotechnology Technologist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant, and Environment Technician - Protection and Compliance (Please note that certain programs will require a minimum program GPA or minimum grades in specific courses).

The Pre-Health Sciences Certificate at Canadore College is only a pathway to certificate and diploma programs at Canadore or within the College system.

What You Learn

  • Human biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Critical thinking and reasoning 

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

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

College Drive Campus

Intake: September Start
Semester 1 - Fall
BIO 098 Human Biology I
CHM 105 Introductory Chemistry
CMM 115 Communication Fundamentals
MTH 128 Pre Health Math I
STS 135 Student Success for Pre-Health
CTR 100 Critical Thinking and Reasoning
Semester 2 - Winter
BIO 109 Human Biology II
CHM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry
CMM 116 Communication Fundamentals II
MTH 138 Pre Health Math II
Elective Choose 1 from the Winter Listing

College Drive Campus

Intake: January Start
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.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

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