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  • Objectives
    This one-year Pre-Health Sciences Certificate Program offers two semesters of full-time study. The program curriculum is for students who wish to concentrate on the Health Sciences field. It is designed to prepare students for application to Conestoga College's School of Health Sciences Advanced Diploma or Degree programs (Respiratory Therapist, McMaster University Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Health Informatics Degree, etc). Students will be introduced to the Health Sciences field, to college life and college workload, and will be able to increase their competitiveness to support their application to Health Sciences advanced diploma or degree programs.
  • Academic Title
    Pre-Health Sciences Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    BIOL1020     Human Biology I

    Description: This course will give students a basic introduction to human biology. Topics covered in this course include cell structure and function, and a general overview of the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems in the human body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive). The course includes laboratory exercises designed to enhance understanding of the lecture material.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM1190     English I for Health Sciences
    Description: This introductory course will review the fundamentals of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure. In addition, the computer will be used as a tool to help students strengthen their writing skills. In this course, students will focus on reading, proofreading, critical thinking, analyzing, summarizing, writing, editing, and research methods.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP1065     Computer Software Applications

    Description: This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding as well as hands-on practical experience using specific computer software applications used in the workforce. Emphasis will be placed on using Microsoft Office 2007 software as indicated below:
    a) Microsoft Word and Publisher to create a variety of print materials, special forms and reports,
    b) Microsoft PowerPoint to become knowledgeable in designing and making effective electronic presentations
    c) Microsoft Excel to create personal and work related budget models.
    d) an internet browser for researching materials and employment opportunities effectively.
    Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of general electronic policy, procedures and protocols necessary in using an employer's email and web site tools.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LIBS1540     Student Success for Higher Learning
    Description: This course enables students to develop skills that will enhance their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for success in their academic and personal lives.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1400     Essential Mathematics

    Description: This course will provide the student with learning tools that will help them to improve basic arithmetic skills and to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. It is designed for students to help them bridge any existing gap between their current preparation and college level math.
    Topics include: fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percent, metric system and an introduction to algebra and trigonometry.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OTA1020     Intro. To Health Care Delivery System
    Description: This exploratory course is intended to provide a broad overview of the Canadian and Provincial health care system with an emphasis upon current issues and concerns. New developments in health care reform, such as long term care reform, trends in health care delivery with increased emphasis on home care and the importance of health promotion, as well as the futuristic trends and concrete alternatives to change the health care delivery system will be explored. The challenging role of the health care provider will be examined as the health care system continues to impact on the changing role of the health care worker. The consumer role will be studied with a critical look at the influence of consumerism and its impact on the health care system. The course will provide the student with an opportunity to review current moral and ethical issues affecting the health care system. Students will be encouraged to identify current issues that are relevant to their own needs and interests.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SCIE1070     Chemistry
    Description: The course emphasizes terminology, classification of matter, bonding, chemical reactions, nomenclature, properties of solids, liquids, gases and solutions, bases and pH and an introduction to organic chemistry.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    BIOL1010     Introduction to Biological Sciences

    Description: This course will explore various sub-disciplines of biology including cell biology, Genetics, Classification and Evolution, Diseases and Immunity, and Ecology. Students will learn basic concepts in these areas, while continuing to develop critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. Practical laboratory and field exercises will reinforce the lecture material.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    BIOL1040     Human Biology II

    Description: As a continuation of Human Biology I, this course will give students a more in-depth understanding of human biology. Students will build on their previous knowledge by examining both the anatomical features and physiological processes of each organ system in greater detail than in Human Biology I. Homeostatic imbalances as they relate to medical conditions will also be emphasized. Understanding of the lecture material is enhanced through laboratory exercises.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CHEM1030     Chemistry of Biological Molecules
    Description: This course examines the structure, properties and chemistry of various bio-molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, catalytic antibiotics , vitamins and co-enzymes and DNA. Biosynthesis, bio-mimetrics, molecular recognition, proteomics and how some drugs interact with bio-molecules are examined. Reaction mechanisms and spatial consideration are addressed. Laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce theoretical concepts.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM1200     English II for Health Sciences

    Description: This course is designed to introduce the communication skills necessary for academic and professional success. By analyzing cases that reflect real life communication situations, students will attain the skills in problem solving and decision making required in professional communications. Emphasis will be placed on producing effective letters and memoranda. The course also helps students to develop basic oral presentation skills.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LIBS1140     Cultural Diversity for Health Sciences
    Description: This course will explore the health care system and how it addresses diversity. Recognizing that Canada's diversity continues to grow, health care is faced with the challenges and opportunities for health care delivery that is respectful, inclusive and culturally competent. This course will explore the personal, professional and systemic barriers that give rise to prejudice, discrimination and oppression and will compel students to analyze and address issues around diversity from a health care perspective. Special attention is paid to developing a strong awareness of self as it related to diversity issues.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1810     Algebra and Trigonometry

    Description: This course is a continuation of Essential Mathematics. Topics are chosen from algebra and trigonometry to provide an opportunity to develop and enhance the skills necessary for success in subsequent mathematics courses in science and technology. Selected topics are functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions with applications, and vectors.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    LIBS1520     Introduction To The Social Sciences

    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SCIE1040     Introduction to Physics
    Description: Giving students a basic introduction to physics, this course will cover topics including kinematics and dynamics, static and current electricity, wave motion, optics and sound. The course includes laboratory exercises designed to enhance understanding the lecture material.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

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