Pre Health Program Serves Specific Academic Purpose

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Summary: In this article, Centennial College’s Pre Health program is
described as an academic pathway that will equip students with the
know-how they need to pursue an education in programs such as
Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician and Transportation.

While other offerings at Centennial College are designed to benefit a
wide range of students, the Pre-Health program has a specific target
population because it is designed as an academic pathway. As such,
this Pre-Health program is for students who: wish to consider college
programs such as Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician and
Transportation; are unsure that a science program at college is the
right choice; do not have academic admission credentials needed to
enter college-level science programs; and have not finished high
school or completed the science courses for post-secondary programs.
Students who complete the Pre-Health program with acceptable
academic standing may be eligible to transfer directly into Centennial’s
Practical Nursing or Pharmacy Technician and Transportation
programs.

Completed in two semesters, this Pre-Health program offers a solid
foundation by introducing students to a range of topics, among which
are biology, chemistry, mathematics, computers for healthcare
professionals, and even communications courses so that students’
reading and writing skills can be refined for further education. More
specifically, students attend five courses in each semester and among
these courses are: Chemistry (emphasis is placed on the role of
chemistry in daily life and in the development of new technologies and
products); Pre-Anatomy and Physiology (aims to prepare students for
Anatomy and Physiology by developing a strong foundation in
anatomical terminologies and fundamental human physiology that is
based on understanding and applications rather than memorization);
Biology (emphasis is placed on understanding biological mechanisms
and processes, rather than on simple memorization), and more.

Because the Pre-Health science program is based at Ashtonbee
Campus, which houses other foundation programs, there is
opportunity for peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty interaction.
Additionally, the location assists students by offering resources to
enhance their learning, such as a library staffed by experienced and
knowledgeable professionals who can help students with their research
and assignment needs. Staff also conducts library orientations and
equipment demonstrations, and can assist students in using computer
databases.

Applicants to the Pre Health program, are asked to possess at
minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent,
or have mature student status (19 years or older). Additionally, they
must have completed the English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or
take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission;
and Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent or take a
Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission. Midterm and
final grades of applicants who are currently attending high school in
Ontario will be transmitted automatically to the college.


Author Details: As the author of this piece, Jason describes
everything one needs to know about the Pre Health program at
Centennial College, including courses, who would benefit from the
offering, admission requirements and much more.

				
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