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Pre-Health Science Certificate

Study part-time and online while meeting your work and life commitments.


This program and its courses can be used as prerequisites for entry into many post-secondary health care programs, such as the Justice Institute's Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program.

Graduation from this program can bring you closer to your professional goals and/or prepare you to apply to a health care program.

Calendar description

The Pre-Health Science Certificate program provides general educational breadth as well as specific health-related content that is either a required or a recommended prerequisite to many health care programs, such as the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program at the Justice Institute of BC.

The program also increases the opportunities for integration, flexibility of learning, and specialized training that builds on existing credits and credentials in support of continued career advancement and success over the working lifetime of individuals.

Program requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Admission requirements

Open admission

Admission recommendations (strongly recommended)

  • A Grade 12 diploma
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11, Chemistry 12, Anatomy & Physiology 12, English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 and Physics 11 (all with a C+ average) or equivalent

Residency requirements

A minimum of six TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Certificate requirements

Core knowledge requirements (24 or 25 credits)
  • BIOL 1593, Anatomy and Physiology I (3) or campus-based BIOL 1590
  • BIOL 1693, Anatomy and Physiology II (3) or campus-based BIOL 1690
  • ENGL 1101, Composition (3) or campus-based ENGL 1100
  • HLTH 2501, Pathophysiology (4)
  • HLTH 2511, Introduction to Pharmacology (3)
  • PSYC 1111, Introductory Psychology I (3) or campus-based PSYC 1110
  • One of:
    • PSYC 2111, Introduction to Research in Experimental Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences (3)
    • STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) or campus-based STAT 1200 or STAT 2000

Elective requirements (2 or 3 credits)

One of:

  • Current Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification offered by the Justice Institute: 105 hrs/15 days full-time, calculated using TRU policy ED 8-0 ( PDF, 367 KB) or equivalent (2) or
  • Either MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3); PSYC 1211, Introductory Psychology II (3); ENGL 1101, Composition (3); or an alternate 3-credit course approved by your Program Advisor (3)

Advanced Care Paramedic program

You can apply the following requirements for the Pre-Health Science Certificate program toward admission into the Justice Institute’s Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program:

Student responsibility

Consult with your program advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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