Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Post-Secondary Programs, Post-Secondary Preparation
Credential Earned: College Certificate (1 Year)
Campus: Timmins, Distance
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Fall 2023 intake: program will be completely online (semester 1 & II)
Winter 2024 intake: program will be on-site at Timmins Campus (semester 1 & II)

Program Codes
H162 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Lay the foundation for your career in healthcare

Pre-health Sciences: Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees is a one-year certificate program that allows you to investigate which is the first step in your preparation for a variety of future careers in the health sciences – and specifically lays the groundwork for Northern’s nursing and paramedic programs.

There are many benefits which include:

  • Pre-Health is the first step on the pathway to a wide range of careers in health, medicine, and dentistry
  • Pre-Health prepares you for success in professional health science programs in college and university
  • Two distinct annual intakes provides the option to select the delivery mode that works best for you

Graduates, subject to minimum grade requirements, are admissible into the Queen’s Bachelor in Health Sciences (BHSc) program and can receive four first year university transfer credits. Queen’s BHSc program is available entirely online and provides pathways into Dentistry, Medicine, Graduate Studies, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

The certificate also satisfies the admission requirements for most health care programs at other Ontario community colleges.

Thanks to a broad-based curriculum, you’ll gain a solid foothold in chemistry, physics, psychology, and human biology – including genetics, microbiology, and common pathologies.

You’ll also improve your math, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Along the way, learn the effective negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution strategies that are essential to on-the-job success.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment opportunities in public and private agencies and institutions including family homes, community-based services, residential and custody settings.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Clint Sheehan
Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M, U) (Preferably Functions and Relations or equivalent)

Or equivalent


It is strongly recommended that students entering this program have access to the Internet.

In this program, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics will provide students with a solid background to satisfy the entrance requirements for Northern’s Nursing Baccalaureate, RPN, Paramedic, Massage Therapy and Medical Laboratory Technician programs.

A 3.0 GPA in this program is a requirement to be admissible to the BScN program.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate with a 50% grade equivalent for Mathematics

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System – minimum overall band of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual Band score under 6.0
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact

Semester 1
CM1913 Communications I – Model B

Communications 1 is designed to enhance students’ writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills as required in academic and workplace settings. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions, tone and style as well as the enhancement of interpersonal, teamwork, and presentation skills. Topics covered include the three-step writing process, paragraph development, academic integrity, essay composition, grammar and mechanics, A.P.A. and employment documents. Attention to detail is emphasized.

GN1443 Indigenous Culture and Awareness

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of Indigenous rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services. Canadian Indigenous History and Relations is a general education course that has been incorporated into all programs at Northern College.

PH1004 Human Biology I

This course will enable the student to develop a foundation in the fundamental concepts of Biological Sciences within the context of the human body. The student will study and explore Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Microbiology with an emphasis on understanding the underlying concepts and principles and applying them to the human body. The student will also investigate future careers in health sciences and other high affinity fields and identify appropriate post-secondary programs to prepare for chosen career.

PH1014 Chemistry I

This course will enable students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of atomic and molecular structure, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, energy changes and rates of reactions, states of matter, solutions, and gases. These topics will have a strong health science emphasis and will provide students with a chemistry perspective of health and the human body.

PH1133 Mathematics for Health Sciences

By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to evaluate a variety of arithmetic and algebraic expressions and apply these principles to typical situations that arise in the health care fields. Concepts studied include numeracy fundamentals; systems of measurement and dimensional analysis; algebra, with an emphasis on analytical techniques; and evaluating systems of linear equations. Students will develop essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills through exposure to application problems, including dosage calculations, solution dilutions, concentrations, and pH.

PS1173 Introduction to Psychology

This course provides an introduction to selected concepts and theories of psychology including the history of and major trends in psychology. This course provides a grounding in the concepts related to biology and behaviour, including brain function, stress, sensation, perception, consciousness, and memory. This course also provides an introduction to the topics of conditioning and learning, cognition and creativity, intelligence, motivation and emotion, gender and sexuality, personality, social behaviour, and human relations.  Abnormal psychology related to psuchological disorders and therapies is introduced.

Semester 2
EC2033 Working With Diversity

Students will explore and examine the many layers of diversity that surround individuals and identifiable groups in society and they will see how these many layers contribute to a rich, diverse Canadian cultural landscape. As part of this examination, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal attitudes, assumptions and views toward diverse population groups.

As a brief introduction, students will begin developing their understanding of diversity by identifying, discussing, and defining core terminology like privilege, cultural competence, and cultural safety, Students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of diversity by looking at origins of differences among various population groups in Canada and by looking at society’s attitudes associated with Canadian Regionalism, demographic trends, First Nations peoples, immigration, and various other established minority groups. Also, learners will become aware of government policies and influence on certain segments of Canadian society and its role in dealing with social inequalities. Finally, students will look at and reflect on the media’s role in perpetuating stereotypes and swaying personal views of diversity in Canada.

PH2003 Mathematics for Health Sciences II

By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to understand and apply the core principles of probability and statistics. Concepts studied include populations and samples; sampling techniques; frequency distributions; skewness, location, and measures of central tendency; variance and standard deviations; probability calculations and distributions; the Empirical Rule; z-scores and the Central Limit Theorem. Students will use numerical methods along with graphs, charts, and tables to effectively describe data, calculate the empirical and theoretical probability of simple events using key rules of probability, and apply applications from the health care fields.descriptive and inferential statistics to

PH2004 Human Biology II

This course will enable the learner to build upon the foundation of the fundamental concepts of Biological Sciences covered in Human Biology I. The learner will apply those concepts from their study of Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Microbiology to the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. In the context of the study of the various organ systems, the learner will be introduced to common pathologies with examples taken from current scientific research. The emphasis will be on understanding the underlying concepts and principles, and applying them to a diversity of body systems. The student will apply information learned within this course to their ongoing investigation of future careers in health sciences.

PH2024 Chemistry II

Chemistry II will enable the learner to build upon the foundation of the fundamental concepts of chemistry covered in Chemistry I. The learner will apply the concepts from Chemistry I to the study of organic chemistry and biochemistry. The focus is on the understanding of the chemical basis of life. Topics covered will include hydrocarbons, derivatives of hydrocarbons, and biochemistry. Connections are regularly made between the principles of organic and biochemistry covered in this course and the content of Human Biology I and II. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of these concepts to the health and biosciences.

PH2034 Physics

This course is a rigorous introduction to physics which will enable the student to develop a foundation in the fundamental concepts of physics. The student will apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to physics concepts related to the health science field. The student will conceptually and quantitatively study concepts including kinematics, forces, work, energy and power, fluids and pressure, nuclear physics, electrostatics, magnetism, waves and electromagnetic radiation. This course will provide the student with a physics based perspective of health and the human body.

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