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General Arts & Science – Health Preparation Online


General Arts & Science – Health Preparation Online


General Arts & Science – Health Preparation Online

General Arts and Science – Health Preparation Online

Program Description

Online courses are available to anyone, anywhere, for convenient learning on your computer. These classes are completely online versions of Durham College's General Arts and Science - Health Preparation (GASH) program.


  1. This program is delivered in an asynchronous format, meaning there are no scheduled class times, independent study is required; real-time communication opportunities can be arranged by appointment in addition to regular email contact with the professor.
  2. Some tests and final exams will be scheduled and written at Durham College. However, students outside of the Durham College area may be permitted to write their midterms and final exams at an approved invigilation center (with a qualified supervisor) in their community. Approval must be obtained from each professor concerned, and the necessary paperwork must be completed, well in advance of the evaluation(s) to be written off campus. Any costs associated with writing evaluations at an approved invigilation center, other than at Durham College, must be paid by the student.

 The General Arts and Science Health Preparation stream is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a health sciences career. This two semester program provides the foundation necessary for success in a college health sciences program such as Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant. It is also designed for individuals who would like to strengthen their science, communication and/or mathematics skills as well as familiarize themselves with college life and college workload.

Overall, students will be required to complete six (three-credit) courses per semester (12 courses in total). These include five core (or mandatory) courses including Communications (two), Computers (one), Mathematics for Science (one) and Preparing for Academic Success (one). In addition, seven non-core courses are also taken including Biology (two) and Chemistry (two) as well as a wide variety of general education electives (three) chosen based on student interests, future career goals, and/or in consultation with their student advisor. Individual academic planning assistance is also offered by the student advisor and it is strongly encouraged for students to meet with their advisor before selecting their courses. Some General Arts and Science courses are also transferable to other post-secondary programs.


  1. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that the courses he or she is registered in are appropriate for the stated admission requirements for future program choices.
  2. Successful completion of the GASO (GASH) certificate does not guarantee admission into another post-secondary program.
  3. 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.
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Admission Requirements

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Career Options

As a graduate you can proceed to full-time employment or further your studies in other college diploma, advanced diploma or university degree programs.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0N/A
Total Fees:$3,859N/A

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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  • code: GASO
  • Program length: Two semester
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,768 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2016
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