Stuck at the proverbial fork in the road?
Nurse, dental hygienist or paramedic? Can’t decide which career fits you best? Studying subjects like biology, chemistry, math and sociology will give you insight into where your passion and abilities lie and a better idea about which road you’re destined to take.Back to Top
The Health Sciences Preparation option of the General Arts and Science program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a health sciences career. This option provides the foundation necessary for success in a health sciences program such as Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene. It is specifically designed for individuals who lack the science, communication and/or mathematics background necessary for admission and mature applicants returning to school. In addition, it will familiarize you with college life and college workload.
This program is two semesters in length and is designed to reinforce key academic skills while providing a broad range of post-secondary courses that can be selected according to personal interests and goals. If you successfully complete this program, you will receive bonus points when considered for admission to one of the health sciences programs mentioned above. Please note: Admission is not guaranteed.
You will be required to complete 18 hours of courses per week for two semesters. Your workload will consist of five courses comprised of two communication courses, two computer courses and a mathematics course in order to graduate. In addition, you will select biology and chemistry as required for admission to your goal program.
Electives may be chosen from a wide variety of options including sample blocks of electives or selected credit courses offered across the college curriculum.
Electives typically include courses such as
- Canadian Law
- Human Relations
- Issues and Ethics in Science
- Political Science
Ontario Secondary School Diploma, General Educational Development, Academic and Career Entrance – College Prep Level or Mature Student Status plus senior level (Grade 11 or higher) subject credits, college preparation (C), university/college preparation (M), university preparation (U) or post-secondary (college or university) in:
- Grade 12 English
As a graduate, you may proceed to full-time employment or further your studies in other college diploma, advanced diploma or a health sciences university degree programs.
Please note: Each educational institution determines its own admission requirements. If you plan to attend any college other than Durham College, or a university, please ensure that courses taken meet its admission requirements.Back to Top
Course List & Descriptions
Courses and course descriptions are for the next academic year and are subject to change.Back to Top
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$1,010||$1,570|
Please note: fees are based on the 2012-2013 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.Back to Top
Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials
Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities. Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.Back to Top
Students with disabilities who wish to discuss accommodation plans are encouraged to contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities.Back to Top