Program Overview

Pre-Health Science is a one-year Ontario College Certificate program for students interested in a pathway to an advanced diploma or degree. Students will study subject areas relevant to health and career programs at Fanshawe. The goal of the program is to prepare students for their chosen health career paths.

Program Details

Program Code
PHS2
Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Delivery
Day Time
Preparatory Program
Full-Time
Duration Next
30 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
London
Open
2023 September
St. Thomas
Open
2023 September
Woodstock
Open
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
London
Open
2023 September
St. Thomas
Open
2023 September
Woodstock
Open
2024 January
London
Open

Your Learning Experience

This program has a January intake offered to International students only at the London Campus (LC).

The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program provides students with the opportunity to study subject areas relevant to health career programs at Fanshawe College and to instill an appreciation of the professional roles, responsibilities and academic requirements of health care disciplines.

 

The goal of the program is to prepare students for their chosen health career program. Students will be prepared to enter other programs within the School of Health Sciences or pursue their education at other institutions

 

This program is offered at more than one campus for your convenience. Learn more about the programs and services of Fanshawe’s campuses in London, St. Thomas, and Woodstock.

 

Career Information

Fanshawe’s Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program provides students with the opportunity to study health-related career programs (e.g., Paramedic, Respiratory Therapy, Practical Nursing, etc.) while instilling an appreciation of the professional roles, responsibilities and academic requirements of health care disciplines.

 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program:

Personal Care Aides
Deliver high-quality service in helping clients manage everyday tasks.

Medical Scheduler
Schedule personal support workers, third-party services and administrative functions related to client services are performed accurately and in a timely manner.

Observation Care Provider

Assist with the care of one or two clients by providing. Caring companionship and observing how they are doing.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. examine biological concepts, processes and systems of the human body, including genetics and epigenetics, as well as the structure, function and properties of the molecules of life, cells, tissues and organ systems in relation to homeostasis, physical development and health.
2. examine concepts, processes and systems of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure; quantities in chemical reactions; solutions and solubility; acids and bases; as well as organic chemistry and biochemistry in relation to health and the human body.
3. solve numeric problems and interpret data related to health sciences and other science-related fields using mathematical concepts, including algebra and probability, along with descriptive and inferential statistics.
4. use health sciences and other science-related language and terminology appropriately to communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in written, spoken, and visual forms.
5. prepare a personal strategy and plan for academic, career and professional development in the health sciences or other science-related fields.
6. investigate health sciences and science-related questions, problems and evidence using the scientific method.
Physics (Optional):
7. examine fundamental physics laws and concepts and their application to health sciences and other science-related fields.

 

Academic School

Program Coordinators:

London Campus:

Tara Lawrence, MEd

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus:

Wayne Miller, Ph.D.

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus:

Ann Marie Csendes

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) (minimum final grade required is 65) or Grade 12 English (U)
- Mathematics* ONE OF:
       - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
       - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
- AND ONE OF the following courses:
       - Grade 11 Biology (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (U) 
       - Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
       - Grade 12 Chemistry (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (U)
       - Grade 12 Physics (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (U)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications (minimum final grade required is 65)
- Core Mathematics (minimum final grade required is 65)
- Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics (minimum final grade required is 65)
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
- The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
- Mathematics* ONE OF:
       - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
       - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
- AND ONE OF the following courses:
       - Grade 11 Biology (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (U) 
       - Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
       - Grade 12 Chemistry (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (U)
       - Grade 12 Physics (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
       - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (U)
OR
Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

Note:  

  • * Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) or any Grade 12 Mathematics (U) preferred.
  • Admission to the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to any College program. Successful completion of the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying for one of the following programs in 2021-2022:
    - Dental Hygiene
    - Massage Therapy
    - Medical Radiation Technology
    - Paramedic
    - Practical Nursing
    - Respiratory Therapy
    - Collaborative Nursing  - see ** below
  • In order to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene, Medical Radiation Technology, Paramedic, Practical Nursing and Respiratory Therapy health career programs, students who register in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program in September 2020, must successfully complete their Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate with a minimum GPA (grade point average) by April 30, 2021 in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to any of the above career programs. The minimum GPA required varies depending on the intended career program. Consult the individual career program's 'Admission Requirements' section for details concerning these requirements. 
  • The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to career programs in the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.
  • **The Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program prepares applicants for the Collaborative Nursing program who lack the secondary school requirements. In order to be eligible for admission consideration to the Collaborative Nursing program in 2021, students must successfully complete ALL courses in the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program with a minimum grade of 'B' in each course by April 30, 2021. Only applicants with an Ontario College Certificate from the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be considered for admission to the Collaborative Nursing program in lieu of the stated secondary school requirements.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 in listening
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years 
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Mathematics (U) or Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
  • Mental mathematics (no calculator)
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop personal responsibility, emotional maturity and those personal characteristics which will enable them to co-operate with others in the delivery of health care
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
More Information

More info about post-admission requirements:

London Campus

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
ANAT-1002Human Anatomy 13
This course is the first of a two part course which introduces normal structure and function of the human body systems in order to prepare the student for advanced science courses including anatomy and physiology. The course begins with an introduction to anatomical terminology, body regions and planes, homeostasis and tissues. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the gross anatomy of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, and applying them to a diversity of body systems using the language of medicine. The course objectives are designed co-dependently with the core courses in the Pre-Health Science program.
BIOL-1003Biological Sciences 13
BIOL 1003 is the first of two biology courses designed for students entering careers in health care. This course begins with an examination of biological molecules, and cell structure and function. Students will understand how cells replicate, how cancer develops as a result of unregulated cell division, and how cells produce energy. Students will also learn how genetic traits are inherited and evolution. The course will finish with an introduction to infectious organisms.
CHEM-1004Chemistry 13
This course emphasizes the molecular view of chemical principles and will present and use the qualitative and quantitative equations of basic chemistry to solve chemical problems. Topics include atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular geometry and polarity, the mole concept, states of matter and changes of state, intermolecular forces, solutions, chemical reactions, acids, bases, buffers and electrolytes. Examples from inorganic, organic, industrial, and biological chemistry will be used to illustrate these underlying principles with a focus on the Health Sciences. Course material will be taught using a blended model consisting of both in-person and online learning modalities. This includes in-class lectures, lecture notes and videos, synchronous and asynchronous online tutorials, textbook readings and practice questions, worksheets and practice tests. The course will be evaluated via online quizzes, in-class assignments and in-class exams.
HLTH-1250Practical Applications 13
This course will provide the learning with the basic skills needed to facilitate the transition from theoretical to practical application of the health sciences. This course is designed to introduce students to the science method as a framework to solving problems. Careers in the School of Health Sciences will be used as a reference as an opportunity for the student to explore career choices in healthcare.
MATH-1024Mathematics3
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary mathematical skills for solving problems in the Health Science Programs. The course will include operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions, solving and graphing equations, operations with rational expressions and formulas, and applications of basic geometry and trigonometry.
PHYS-1005Physical Sciences 13
Physical Sciences 1 is the first of two courses which describe basic principles of physics required for students in health sciences. Specific areas of study include Newtonian mechanics, work, kinetic and potential energy, power, simple machines, properties of fluids at rest, properties of fluids in motion, pressure and density of fluids, and a discussion of some clinical applications pertaining to pressure and gases. Students will be introduced to problem solving strategies in physics and will apply their learning to many biological, biomedical, and physiological applications.
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Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$3,503.32
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,539.14
Total Cost of Program

St. Thomas, Woodstock

Canadian Costs
$3,235.46
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,271.28
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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