Pre-Health Program Serves Specific Academic Purpose 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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