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Pre-Health Sciences Certificate

Pre-Health Sciences Certificate - Students in practicum
Credential
Certificate
Duration

1 year 

Location
Main Campus
The Program

Are you interested in a career in a health or wellness related field, but not sure which program you would like to study? Or perhaps you are interested in one of the Certificate or Diploma programs in Health Sciences, but do  not meet the admission requirements. The Pre-Health Sciences Certificate program is a pathway designed to give students who are interested in a health career the opportunity to explore basic concepts related to health and health care. Students may do this while taking courses in Mathematics and Biology for Health Professions that can be used for admission. The relatively low credit load of the program (22 credits) allows students the opportunity to upgrade other high school courses required for admission while they are in the Certificate program.

Students who complete this one year Certificate program will have the opportunity to explore a variety of health related careers that require either a Certificate or Diploma. They will also develop strong study skills, and, upon completion of the program and fulfilment of additional admission requirements, will be eligible to apply to the following RDC School of Health Sciences programs:

  • Medical Lab Assistant Certificate
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma
  • Practical Nurse Diploma

The programs above have designated 10% of seats for admission of graduates of the Certificate program who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.3, with no course grade below C, provided all other admission requirements are met (see additional Admission Requirements, below, for further details).

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills and discuss their influence/application in health and wellness fields.
  2. Explore the roles of a variety of health care professionals in the Canadian health care system.
  3. Follow healthy lifestyle behaviours for personal and professional health and wellness.
  4. Employ effective study, writing, information literacy and digital literacy skills to prepare for health and wellness programs.
  5. Examine scientific knowledge (math, biology, anatomy and physiology) related to practice in health and wellness programs.
  6. Appraise personal level of suitability for further study in health and wellness programs.
  7. Explore concepts central to the provision of quality care in Canada: legislation, ethics, culture, equity, health promotion, and evidence informed care.
  8. Describe the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that reflect professionalism in the health and wellness fields.
  9. Practice self reflection, critical thinking, and inquiry.
Program Content

HSCI 100 Health Sciences I
HSCI 101 Health Sciences II
HSCI 105 Personal Health and Wellness
HSCI 110 Mathematics for Health Professions I
HSCI 111 Mathematics for Health Professions II
HSCI 115 Biology for Health Professions
INTP 102 Health Care Anatomy and Physiology

Visit RDC’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

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Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca


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