Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Tuition and Fees

Program Title: Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
Credential Earned: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Program Codes
H162 (PC) Timmins Campus
H164 (JB) Moosonee Campus
H163W (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus

Program Description
This program provides students with the opportunity to study subject areas relevant to health career programs at Northern College and affiliate partners and to instill an appreciation of the professional roles, responsibilities and academic requirements of health care disciplines. The goal of the program is to prepare men and women for their chosen health career program. Completing both semesters of this program successfully will provide the prerequisites for entry into the Bachelor of Science – Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Paramedic programs.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment opportunities in public and private agencies and institutions including family homes, community-based services, residential and custody settings.

Clint Sheehan
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2189

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 11 Math (C, M, U) (Preferably Functions and Relations or equivalent)

Or equivalent

It is strongly recommended that students entering this program have access to the Internet. In this program, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics will provide students with a solid background to satisfy the entrance requirements for Northern’s Nursing Baccalaureate, RPN, Paramedic, Massage Therapy and Medical Laboratory Technician programs.

A 3.0 GPA in this program is a requirement to be admissible to the BScN program.

Semester 1
CM1913 Communications I – Model B
PH1004 Human Biology I
PH1014 Chemistry I
PH1133 Mathematics for Health Sciences I
PS1173 Introduction to Psychology
PH2103 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Semester 2
PH2004 Human Biology II
PH2024 Chemistry II
PH2034 Physics
PH2003 Mathematics for Health Sciences II
SW2023 Conflict Resolution/Mediation

Semester 1

CM1913 Communications I Model B
This course is designed to assist students in developing their writing skills.  Students will be introduced to APA format. In addition, each student will create an employment portfolio.

PH1004 Human Biology I
This course will enable the student to develop a foundation in the fundamental concepts of Biological Sciences within the context of the human body. The student will study and explore Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Microbiology with an emphasis on understanding the underlying concepts and principles and applying them to the human body. The student will also investigate future careers in health sciences and other high affinity fields and identify appropriate postsecondary programs to prepare for chosen career.

PH1014 Chemistry I
This course will enable students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of atomic and molecular structure, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, energy changes and rates of reactions, states of matter, solutions, and gases. These topics will have a strong health science emphasis and will provide students with a chemistry perspective of health and the human body.

PH1133 Mathematics for Health Sciences
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to evaluate a variety of arithmetic and algebraic expressions and apply these principles to typical situations that arise in the health care fields. Concepts studied include numeracy fundamentals; systems of measurement and dimensional analysis; algebra, with an emphasis on analytical techniques; and evaluating systems of linear equations. Students will develop essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills through exposure to application problems, including dosage calculations, solution dilutions, concentrations, and pH.

PS1173 PS1004 Introduction to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the broad field of psychology. Among the topics you will study are: biology and behaviour, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, cognition, human development, motivation and emotion, personality theory and assessment, health and stress, mental health and social psychology. Human behaviour is very complex. This course will assist you in better understanding your behaviours as well as those of others. You will be able to apply basic psychological principles that will help you in solving every day real life problems in both your professional and personal life.

PH2103 Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
Critical thinking is centered on the concept of the cogency and the logical consistency of arguments. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving will enable the learner to assess the arguments of others by equipping them with the skills to assess the truth in claims put forward in support of a conclusion, and to assess the structure and consistency of the argument itself. The learner will also discover how to effectively construct arguments to advocate for their own positions. As a result, the learner will develop their ability to critique the claims of others, to understand and articulate their own opinions, and to make the best decision in a given set of circumstances. Learners will also gain insight in the values and ethics and the role this plays in the presentation of an argument. Topics covered will include epistemology, logic, recognizing, evaluating constructing arguments, as well as recognizing reasoning errors. Learners will also develop the skill of fair-mindedness.

Semester 2

PH2004 Human Biology II
This course will enable the learner to build upon the foundation of the fundamental concepts of biological Sciences covered in Human Biology I. The learner will apply those concepts from their study of Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Microbiology to the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. In the context of the study of the various organ systems, the learner will be introduced to common pathologies with examples taken from current scientific research. The emphasis will be on understanding the underlying concepts and principles, and applying them to a diversity of body systems. The student will apply information learned within this course to their ongoing investigation of future careers in health sciences.

PH2024 Chemistry II
Chemistry II is a PreHealth Advanced course that will enable the learner to build upon the foundation of the fundamental concepts of chemistry covered in Chemistry I. The learner will apply the concepts from Chemistry I to the study of organic chemistry and biochemistry. The focus is on the understanding of the chemical basis of life. Topics covered will include hydrocarbons, derivatives of hydrocarbons, and biochemistry. Connections are regularly made between the principles of organic and biochemistry covered in this course and the content of Human Biology I and II. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of these concepts to the health and biosciences.

PH2034 Physics
This course is a rigorous introduction to physics which will enable the student to develop a foundation in the fundamental concepts of physics. The student will apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to physics concepts related to the health science field. The student will conceptually and quantitatively study concepts including kinematics, forces, work, energy and power, fluids and pressure, nuclear physics, electrostatics, magnetism, waves and electromagnetic radiation. This course will provide the student with a physics based perspective of health and the human body.

PH2003 Mathematics for Health Sciences II
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to understand and apply the core principles of probability and statistics. Concepts studied include populations and samples; sampling techniques; frequency distributions; skewness, location, and measures of central tendency; variance and standard deviations; probability calculations and distributions; the Empirical Rule; z-scores and the Central Limit Theorem. Students will use numerical methods along with graphs, charts, and tables to effectively describe data, calculate the empirical and theoretical probability of simple events using key rules of probability, and apply descriptive and inferential statistics to applications from the health care fields.

SW2023 Conflict Resolution/Mediation
Conflict is a natural part of human interaction. This course takes a systematic approach to analyzing the elements of conflict and explores both the individual and systemic responses to it. Students gain a solid foundation in negotiation skills and strategies, followed by a more in-depth introduction to mediation as a viable response to conflict. The course provides an opportunity to apply the skills required by mediators through role play. Students also gain an appreciation of the potentially challenging effects of culture, gender, and power on any negotiation or mediation process, and acquire strategies to respond to these. Finally, Choices in Approaching Conflict explores applications of mediation in the areas of community, business, and restorative justice to provide students who wish to pursue a career involving mediation with a practical context. It also examines the ethical and legal considerations required by the practice of mediation as a profession.

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