Program Information

This eight-month program offers a transition opportunity for secondary school graduates and adult learners who lack the prerequisites to be accepted into the four-year Bachelor of Science - Nursing (BSNL) degree program offered in its entirety at Lambton College, beginning Fall 2023. This unique program has been designed to provide students with the academic preparation required for success in the Bachelor of Science - Nursing program, while giving them a competitive edge in gaining admission.

To graduate from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees program, students must achieve a minimum grade of D (50%) in each course offered. However, in order to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science - Nursing program, a Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees graduate must achieve the following minimum requirements:

  • Program GPA of at least 2.7
  • A combined average of at least a B- (70%) in BIO-1205 and BIO-1055
  • A combined average of at least a B- (70%) in CHM-1255 and CHM-2255
  • Passing grade in all courses in both terms

Students in this program must apply to the BSNL program by February 1 of the calendar year in which they wish to be considered for admission to start the program to ensure that all additional requirements are met for the BSNL program.

The benefits in academic preparedness, and the competitive advantage in gaining admission into the BScN program for students who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees program has been well documented.

All requirements must be completed by the end of the winter term. 

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U (minimum grade of 55%)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U (minimum grade of 60%)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U (minimum grade of 60%)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U (recommended)

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

ANT-1003: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Introduction to Physical Anthropology looks at the origins of the human "animal", where we came from, where we're going, what happened, and what IS happening. It traces the evolution of human form, society, and cultural development; looks at the study of genetic inheritance, the contributions of forensics and primatology, and the revolutions of culture. Literally stones to bones and everything in between!

BIO-1205: Cell Physiology

This course in cell physiology includes the core topics of the characteristics of life, microscopy, applied chemistry and biochemistry, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, molecular biology of the gene, Mendelian genetics, DNA replication and protein synthesis. Laboratory exercises are performed in order to emphasize and apply the topics discussed in class.

CHM-1255: General Chemistry for Nursing I

This course provides an understanding of fundamental chemistry with a focus on health related concepts. The theory portion includes calculations involving chemical quantities and measurements of matter, representations of atoms, ions and molecules, the Periodic Table, oxidation-reduction reactions and gas chemistry. The laboratory portion is designed to relate selected theoretical concepts to practical experiments.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

MTH-1623: Math for Health Science I

This course is designed to prepare learners to apply math concepts in health care settings. Learners will develop essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills through exposure to application problems, including dosage calculations, IV calculations, and mixtures. The course helps learners build a solid foundation in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Other topics include percentages, ratios and proportions, dimensional analysis, manipulating formulas, solving equations, and graphing linear functions.

SOC-1003: Sociology I

Sociology is a social science focusing on the systematic and diverse study of human group life. This course introduces students to the discipline of sociology and the sociological approach to understanding humans and our behaviour. This course attempts to develop one's ability to critically examine our world and relate it to our own lives. This course concentrates on a Canadian perspective and covers topics such as culture, socialization, social interaction, crime, deviance and stratification.

BIO-1055: Introduction to Biology

This course is designed to introduce the student to basic human anatomy and physiology through the study of organ systems including the following: nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and urinary. General organization of the body, cells, tissues, and organs will also be considered.

CHM-2255: General Chemistry for Nursing II

This course is intended to acquaint the student with the basic principles underlying the study of bonding, solutions, gaseous and ionic equilibria and acid-base reactions. Organic functional groups and biochemical structures are introduced. These concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course

COM-2033: Communications for Health

This course, designed for students in the health field, further develops students' communication proficiency. Students create workplace documents and research reports and share their findings through oral presentations. Advocacy and peer education will drive the research and documentation process. Current health issues and research will serve as the impetus for creation of informed research reports and presentations.

MTH-2623: Math for Health Sciences II

This course is a continuation of MTH-1623 and is designed to further algebra skills and introduce statistical processes. Learners will develop essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills through exposure to application problems, including isotope half-life, pH, and statistics relating to the health-care field. This course covers algebraic topics such as systems of linear equations, exponential equations, and logarithmic equations. Statistical concepts include descriptive statistics, basic probability, regression analysis, binomial and normal distributions, and confidence intervals.

COM-1153: English Literature I

This course looks at a range of literature spanning from Victorian times to the modern era. Students examine a novel, short stories, a play, and poetry and explore literature's power to shape perceptions and promote empathy in readers.


ANT-2003: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology looks at people - all people, everywhere, and everything they do, laugh at, believe, love, desire or dream about. It examines cultural and behavioural differences as well as similarities, the way that people with differing "life styles" structure their cultures, and the cultural characteristics which are common to us all. Language, religion, art, social inequality and modern world order are all highlighted within a cross-cultural framework. If you're a "people" watcher then this is the course you've been waiting for!


GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

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Our graduates qualify to apply for any other Health Sciences program at Lambton College, provided they meet the respective minimum grade requirements.

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