Pre-Health Science Program (A102)

Pre-Health Science
School of Work and College Preparation
St. James Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
September, January, May
Ontario College Certificate
The Pre-Health Science program will prepare students to perform at a level that will assist them in gaining entry to a Health Sciences program at George Brown College, including Practical Nursing. It also gives students a basic understanding of social sciences and human relations, to help them relate to people at college in further studies and at work in health care institutions or with health care providers. Throughout this program, students study biology, chemistry and physics. Other courses include applied math, communications and computer literacy.

Full Program Descriptions



Pre-programs are post-secondary certificate programs that offer students the opportunity to take courses for career exploration or to qualify for further study. With small class sizes, dedicated teachers and built-in advising and supports, the pre-programs help students strengthen their academic skills and prepare for further coursework.


The Pre-Health Science program prepares students academically for future study in many Health Sciences programs by setting a foundation in core mathematics and science courses and providing an overview of the health-care industry. Upon completion of the program, students have a variety of options, including Practical Nursing, Dental Assisting, Fitness and Health Promotion, Orthotics/Prosthetics, Medical Office Administration, Hearing Instrument Specialist and Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology, among others.

Today’s health-care employers are looking for skilled workers to address a critical labour shortage. Pre-Health Science provides students with practical training, confidence building and communication skills needed to excel in many health-care programs and careers in the field. Through classroom and hands-on study, students explore careers in the health sciences/services sector, including those in health-care institutions or with health-care providers. Students also gain a basic understanding of social sciences and human relations – essential skills for the field of health sciences.

Career development, academic advising and student success services support career exploration and other academic needs of all Pre-Health Science students.

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Part Time Study Options  

Some Health Sciences and English courses are offered part-time through Continuing Education at George Brown College. However, Pre-Health Science is not a part-time program. Please visit for more information on part-time studies.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Code Course name
BIOL1051 Biology for Health Sciences I – Diploma Pathway
CHEM1021 Chemistry for Health Sciences I – Diploma Pathway
COMM1003 English Skills
COMM1007 College English
MATH1142 Mathematics for Health Sciences I – Diploma Pathway
PREP1012 Personal and Career Development


Code Course name
BIOL1061 Biology for Health Sciences II – Diploma Pathway
CHEM1031 Chemistry for Health Sciences II – Diploma Pathway
COMM1007 College English
MATH1152 Mathematics for Health Sciences II – Diploma Pathway
GHUM1025 Speaking with Confidence
GNED General Education Elective

The School of Work and College Preparation provides applicants and students with access to a Pathway Advisor, who provides information about upgrading options, pre-programs and articulation agreements and helps facilitate the transition into further post-secondary programs.

Returning students who have been removed from this program due to academic penalties must write an appeal letter if they re-apply.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

In addition to preparing students for gaining entry to Health Science programs at post-secondary institutions, the Pre-Health Science program provides a direct path to the following programs at George Brown College: Practical Nursing, Dental Assisting, Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology, Fitness and Health Promotion and Office Administration – Medical.

Each of these programs reserves a limited number of seats per intake for Pre-Health Science graduates who meet certain conditions (such as a minimum grade point average for the program or minimum grades in specific courses) upon graduation from Pre-Health Science.

Students who intend to apply to any other post-secondary program at George Brown College or at another institution should check the admission requirements for the program. Graduates of Pre-Health Science may also apply for elective credit and exemptions for courses in those programs.

Tuition and Fees


$3,529.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Call the Pathway Advisor at 416-415-5000, ext. 2562 or email

Learn more about our college preparation programs and work preparation programs at

For more information about George Brown, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.