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Pre-Health Sciences Certificate

Pre-Health Classroom

1 year 

-Main Campus
The Program

Are you interested in a career in a health or wellness related field, but not sure which program you would like to study? Or perhaps you are interested in one of the Certificate or Diploma programs in Health Sciences at Red Deer Polytechnic, but do not meet the admission requirements.

This program was created for a variety of learners in mind:

  • learners who do not meet the requirements for their preferred Health Care program;
  • this program will provide the opportunity to increase current GPA and/or acquire pre-requisites;
  • learners who are interested in a health career have the opportunity to explore concepts related to health and health care, and 
  • learners will be able to employ effective study, writing, information literacy and digital literacy skills to prepare for health and wellness programs.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for the reserved 10% of seats in the below pathway programs, who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 provided all other admission requirements are met (see additional Admission Requirements, below, for further details).

  • Medical Lab Assistant Certificate
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma
  • Practical Nurse Diploma

The program credit load (22 credits) has been designed to ensure students are eligible for student loan funding and allow for completion of additional academic upgrading courses such English, Chemistry and Science equivalents required for admission to a pathway program.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills and discuss their influence/application in health and wellness fields.
  2. Examine the roles of a variety of health care professionals in the Canadian health care system.
  3. Recognize healthy lifestyle behaviours for personal and professional health and wellness.
  4. Employ effective study, writing, information literacy and digital literacy skills to prepare for health and wellness programs.
  5. Examine scientific knowledge (math, biology, anatomy and physiology) related to practice in health and wellness programs.
  6. Appraise personal level of suitability for further study in health and wellness programs.
  7. Examine concepts central to the provision of quality care in Canada: legislation, ethics, culture, equity, health promotion, and evidence informed care.
  8. Describe the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that reflect professionalism in the health and wellness fields.
  9. Practice self-reflection, critical thinking, and inquiry.
Program Content

HSCI 100 - Health Sciences I
HSCI 101 - Health Sciences II
HSCI 105 - Personal Health and Wellness
HSCI 110 - Mathematics for Health Professions I
HSCI 111 - Mathematics for Health Professions II
HSCI 115 - Biology for Health Professions
INTP 102 - Health Care Anatomy and Physiology

Visit RDP’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

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