RDC's new Pre-Health Sciences Certificate provides learners with a foundation for future careers

Date posted: 
Tue, 02/20/2018
Pre-Health Sciences Certificate

In September 2018, RDC will welcome its first group of students to the Pre-Health Sciences Certificate program. The one-year program is unique across Alberta, and it is designed to give students insight into the roles and responsibilities of a variety of health care professionals.

“This new certificate program is a positive option for students who are considering a future in health care,” says Linda Moore Martin, Dean, School of Health Sciences. “There are such diverse careers in health care, and this program will provide students the opportunity to explore basic concepts that are relevant across many professions, while also learning some specifics about each role. This can be very helpful as they determine the particular paths they would like to pursue.”

In the Pre-Health Sciences Certificate program, students will learn about health and health care, including anatomy, physiology, personal health and wellness, while developing critical thinking and communication skills necessary for their future careers. With a course load of 22 credits, students have the flexibility to add courses if they need to upgrade or to take electives that would benefit their future educational goals.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to five different programs in RDC’s School of Health Sciences, providing they meet all of the additional admission requirements: Kinesiology & Sport Studies Diploma, Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate, Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma, Pharmacy Technician Diploma and Practical Nurse Diploma.

“The Pre-Health Sciences Certificate is going to provide both a foundation for students and an opportunity for advance placement into other School of Health Sciences programs,” says Moore Martin. “We believe in this new program and the benefits it will have for students, and we have designated 10% of the seats in five of our other programs for graduates of this certificate who have met the appropriate requirements.”

“At RDC, we always see strong enrolment in Health Sciences programs, so we’re very pleased to offer this new Certificate, which will provide students with another opportunity to pursue a career in health care,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President Academic. “This program provides another opportunity for students to stay in central Alberta as they achieve their educational goals, and this will have a positive effect across the region.”

Applications are now open for the fall term. For additional information, please visit the Pre-Health Sciences Certificate webpage.

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About RDC’s School of Health Sciences: The School of Health Sciences is one of the foremost leaders in health and wellness programming in Alberta. Programs include: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Kinesiology & Sport Studies (Diploma and Degree-Transfer Options), Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate, Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma, Pharmacy Technician Diploma, Practical Nurse Diploma and Pre-Health Sciences Certificate. All programs offer innovative approaches to learning that include extensive practical experience to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to meet industry demand.

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Shelley Newman
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Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate