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  • Pre-Health Science

    Pre-Health Science

Program Code:PHS
Duration:2 semesters (1 Year)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The Pre–Health Science program is designed for applicants who have completed secondary school or mature students returning to school, who do not have the requisite science and mathematics courses to gain entry into a nursing program. Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be prepared to meet the entrance requirements of a post–secondary health sciences program. Completion of this program does not, however, automatically ensure acceptance into such programs.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Relate to and interact with peers, and members of the educational and health care communities through an understanding of basic Social Sciences and human relations.
  • Apply scientific methodology using analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation to the problem solving process.
  • Utilize an ongoing systematic approach to adapt to/modify interventions in the change process.
  • Relate to and interact with persons of cultural and religious diversity in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Work collaboratively within a group and demonstrate effective teambuilding skills.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Take the science, mathematics and English courses you need to be eligible for application to the Nursing – Collaborative BScN Degree program with Seneca College/York University or the Practical Nursing program. Pre–Health students may not meet the admission requirements to other post–secondary institutions. If you wish to further your career at an institution other than Seneca, please check that institution’s admission requirements.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Collaborative BScN Degree program with York University
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning• Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO105 Biology 3
CHM101 Chemistry 4
EAC150 College English 3
MTH135 Foundations of Mathematics II 4
PSY555 Creative Problem Solving 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO205 Human Biology 4
CHM201 Chemistry 4
MTH177 * Mathematics of Data Management 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

*MTH177 is required for admissions to the BScN York/ Seneca collaborative program. MTH177 may not be required for admission to other programs. We encourage applicants to check the admission requirements for the program of their choice.

Note: The general education courses taken for credit in the Pre-Health Science Certificate will be counted as general education credits in the Practical Nursing diploma program but not in the BScN program.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Cathy Hughes
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55313
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
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