Algonquin College - Perth Campus

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Introduction to Canadian Healthcare Studies

Algonquin College - Perth Campus

Faculty:Algonquin College Heritage Institute
Degree:Certificate; Online
Field of Study:Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Length:14 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,398

Cost represents estimated program total. Please see the Tuition and Fees Estimator.

Careers:Nurses Aides and Orderlies


Learn the fundamentals of Canadian healthcare and develop your communication skills, all while settling into student life in Canada. Over the course of one semester in the Introduction to Canadian Healthcare Studies program, you prepare for the rigorous academic and professional challenges, expectations and standards of your chosen healthcare program. The delivery of this Algonquin College Certificate is intended for international students with a conditional acceptance in the Practical Nursing program at the Perth Campus.

You personalize your learning experience by focusing assignments in a number of courses on your personal, academic and professional interests. You work towards your academic and vocational goals through scenario-based activities, field trips, laboratory visits and/or practical exercises. An additional benefit of completing ICHS is that you will carry one credit in Communications forward with you into your chosen program of study. This program provides you with an opportunity to gain occupation-specific knowledge and language, as well as the academic skills, to step confidently into a health sciences Ontario credential.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    College Eligibility:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change).
  • Additional Admission Requirements:
      Program Eligibility:
    • Minimum 18 years of age.
    • International Student status (foreign national with a valid study permit).
    • Conditional acceptance into a health studies Ontario College Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at Algonquin College.
    • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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