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Certificate in Pre-Health Sciences Red Deer College



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Related Careers

This certificate does not lead directly to employment. However, graduates of the Pre-Health Sciences Certificate program will have had learning experiences to equip them to make informed decisions about which health-related career they would like to pursue and the opportunity to appraise their own interest in and suitability for a career in health and wellness. Upon successful completion of the program, they may have earned some post-secondary credit and will possess the Mathematics and Biology admission requirements to be eligible to apply for a high demand RDC health-related certificate or diploma program.

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, but do not meet the admission requirements. The Pre-Health Sciences Certificate program is a pathway designed to give students who are interested in a health career the opportunity to explore basic concepts related to health and health care. Students may do this while taking courses in Mathematics and Biology for Health Professions that can be used for admission. The relatively low credit load of the program (22 credits) allows students the opportunity to upgrade other high school courses required for admission while they are in the Certificate program.

Students who complete this one year Certificate program will have the opportunity to explore a variety of health related careers that require either a Certificate or Diploma. They will also develop strong study skills, and, upon completion of the program and fulfilment of additional admission requirements, will be eligible to apply to the following RDC School of Health Sciences programs:

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

The programs above have designated 10% of seats for admission of graduates of the Certificate program who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.3, with no course grade below C, provided all other admission requirements are met (see additional Admission Requirements, below, for further details).

Program Outcomes:

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

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Certificate in Pre-Health Sciences.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

CAD$14,413.00 (8,08,032) per year


Jan-21, May-21


School of Health Sciences

Red Deer College, 100 College Boulevard,

Alberta (AB),

T4N 5H5, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Minimum of

50% in ELA 30-1 or 30-2

50% in Biology 20

65% in Mathematics 10C or 50% in Math 30-1, 30-2, 30 Applied, 20-1, 20-2 or 20 Applied

Graduation Requirements:

Students must pass all courses, and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL (overall score): 83 iBT, 557 PBT
  • IELTS Academic (overall score): 6.5 with at least 5.5 on each band score
  • CAEL (overall score): 60 with at least 55 on each band score
  • MELAB (overall score): 77 with at least 72 on each band score
  • PTE (overall score): 59 with at least 56 on each band score
  • Duolingo English Test: 115

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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