Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

Missing an admission requirement or need to improve your grades for pre-requisite courses to gain admission into a limited enrolment Health Sciences or Nursing program? This program provides you with the opportunity to acquire and/or enhance your knowledge and skills in English, math, and science, and you will also choose electives to ensure you have all pre-requisites required to apply to your program of choice.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 2 semesters
  • Start in September or January
  • Courses cover English, math, and sciences
  • Strong foundation for entry into Cambrian's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs
  • Grads who continue into another full-time Cambrian program have a high degree of success

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How to Apply

General Studies

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (U) or (C)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (U), (C) or (M)


  • Grade 11 science (U), (C) or (M)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2023

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year 

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering their chemistry labs (as identified in the table below).

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1003 Biology I 4
CHM 1106 Science Chemistry I 1 4
ENG 1006 Technical Reading & Writing for the Health Science 3
MTH 1113 Pre Health Math I 4
HEA 1081 Introduction to Medical Terminology and Health Professions 3
The following Elective course: 2 3
Health Science Physics I  
One General Education course. 3  
Semester 2
BIO 1010 Biology II 4
CHM 1002 Physical Chemistry 1 2
CHM 1003 Organic and Biological Chemistry 1 4
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
MTH 1213 Advanced Pre-Health Math 4
HEA 1082 Professionalism and Ethics in Health Careers 3
The following Elective course: 2  
Health Science Physics II  
One General Education course. 3 3
 Total Credits44


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $675. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates from this program will have obtained the necessary prerequisites to apply to all Health Sciences programs offered at Cambrian. To explore the health sciences programs offered at Cambrian please click here. Graduates may also receive credit towards select courses in various programs. 

Graduates from this program who also continue their studies at Cambrian College in a Community Services program, may receive credit towards select courses. To explore the Community Service programs offered at Cambrian please click here

Note: Graduates of Pre-Health will need to apply to a health science or community service program through OCAS at www.ontariocolleges.ca 

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.