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Health and Sciences Courses in Canada You Can Finish in One Year

Canada is a renowned country in terms of healthcare and quality education. The high regard placed into its healthcare education system, facilities and services has been a huge factor as to why students from all over the world seek Canada as a country of choice for health-related studies. Academically, 30 Canadian universities made it to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Aside from bachelors and advanced studies, Canada is a hub for high-caliber schools offering affordable yet quality vocational, foundation, and diploma programs.

Vocational, foundation, and diploma programs are short courses offered in many universities in Canada. They provide students with foundational academic skill and knowledge helpful in taking full degree courses right after. Health and science short courses are designed to prepare students for medical education which can also be referred to as a ‘pre-clinical year’. Upon finishing these courses, students may choose to continue for a further year to gain a full honors degree. 

Here are some of the best short courses in Canada related to health and sciences:

1. Academic Pathway for Movement from Ontario College Diploma in Practical Nursing to BScN

School: Algonquin College

Qualification: Foundation for undergraduate

Total Course Fee: $2,395 CAD

The Academic Pathway for Movement from Ontario College Diploma in Practical Nursing to BScN program is for Registered Practical Nurses who want to continue their studies towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This one-term program is for those who are lifelong learners, dedicated to the nursing profession, with strong communication skills.

2. Certificate in Pre-Health Sciences (Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees)

School: St Lawrence College

Qualification: Foundation for undergraduate

Total Course Fee: $14, 600 CAD

This two-semester Ontario College Certificate program prepares individuals for successful admission to, and future success in, diploma and degree-level Health Sciences programs and other post-secondary studies. Program content provides students with the required knowledge and skills to meet admission requirements for a range of diploma and degree-level programs and with transferable post-secondary credits where relevant.

3. Ontario College Certificate in Indigenous Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas

School: Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

Qualification: Foundation for undergraduate

Total Course Fee: $12, 796 CAD

Prepare for further college studies or your future career in the health sciences sector in our unique culture-based program. This program will prepare you to meet the challenges of postsecondary education while you gain a solid understanding of Indigenous history and culture, as well as vital science and math skills.

4. Ontario College Certificate in Pre Health Sciences Pathway [K904]

School: St. Claire College 

Qualification: Foundation for undergraduate

Next starting: 11 January 2021

This one-year certificate is designed to give students the necessary skills and course requirements to apply to health science programs at both the Windsor and Chatham campuses.

5. Pre-Dentistry

School: University of Winnipeg

Qualification: Foundation for undergraduate

Next starting: 06 January 2021

Dentists treat the diseases and conditions that affect the mouth, jaws, teeth, and their supporting tissues. The University of Winnipeg is an excellent place to fulfill the entrance requirements for Dentistry at the University of Manitoba or other dentistry programs.

6. Pre-Masters in Human Nutritional Sciences

School: University of Manitoba

Qualification: Foundation for postgraduate

Total Course Fee: $5,875 CAD

The Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences is one of the largest in Canada and the University of Manitoba is the only university in the province to offer graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the area of human nutritional sciences. Graduate programs in Human Nutritional Sciences integrate concepts in metabolism, food and community nutrition.

7. Pre-Occupational Therapy

School: University of Regina

Qualification: Foundation for undergraduate

Total Course Fee: $22,028 CAD

Occupational Therapy is a Master of Science program at the University of Alberta. Applicants are eligible to apply after completing a four-year bachelor's degree in any discipline which includes at least two years of full-time study. Specific pre-requisite courses may be required. Each Professional program is slightly different and students are encouraged to contact the admissions department of the program they are interested in to confirm and develop an adequate understanding of the application requirements.


If you are interested in studying  or learning more about any of these courses, we can help you. Just fill out the form on this page to book an appointment with an IDP Education Counselor and we'll assist you from school application until pre-departure activities.

Written by: Katrina Cervas

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