Pre-Medical Sciences Program

Pre-Medical Sciences Program

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Ottawa Campus
On Campus ,   Online
Program Length:
50 Weeks
Diploma Issued:

Diploma in Pre-Medical Sciences Program: A New Path to Entering Medical School

This program is non-vocational and is not subject to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Willis College in Ottawa now offers a new path for individuals looking to enter medical school by offering the Diploma in Pre-Medical Sciences program in Ottawa. The conventional path to becoming a licensed medical doctor in Canada and the United States is very competitive and challenging. Traditionally, students in North America would need to:

  • complete an undergraduate degree
  • apply to medical school
  • hope that they are one of fourteen students accepted into a Canadian Doctor of Medicine program

But there is another path to medical school!

This new and innovative program is an exciting alternative option for students who want to:

  • expedite their medical careers
  • looking for another option to achieve their career goals!
  • study medicine in a different country
  • want the ability to work anywhere in North America

Students complete the 50-week (equivalent to three university semesters) Pre-Medical Sciences diploma program at our Ottawa campus. Upon graduating from the program, students can apply to our partner school to complete their Doctor of Medicine program in the Caribbean.

In addition, our partner school which is recognized by the Medical Council of Canada, Avalon University Curacao, grants automatic admission to their Doctor of Medicine program for Pre-Medical Sciences graduates who attain a 3.0+ GPA at Willis College. As well, students who are automatically accepted will not need to write the MCAT.

Upon successful completion of both the pre-medical sciences program and their Doctor of Medicine, students will be eligible to become licensed doctors who can practice medicine anywhere in North America.

Is the Pre-Medical Program Right for You?

This premed program is an excellent fit for individuals who are looking for:

  • a career as a medical doctor
  • a PreMedical program that does not require an MCAT
  • adventure and would like to study overseas
  • an alternative to the traditional North American route of becoming a medical doctor
  • expedite their medical careers

Total program length is 50 weeks

Job Market

This program is non-vocational and is not subject to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Career and wage data is not available.

Why Choose Online Learning

Welcome To Willis College Online. A Different Way To Learn.

Online learning is broken. The traditional online learning model of sending a student their learning materials and expecting them to complete things alone each week doesn’t work. Students feel alone, not sure if they are doing things right, constantly feel the pressure of feeling behind in their work, and the goal of graduating and finding a career seems far off in the distance. To fix this problem, we have taken an entirely different approach to how online learning is done. Willis College Online is bringing the benefits of learning on-campus right into your home.

What makes Willis College Online different?

  • Learn 100% online: Each online program is delivered 100% online with freedom in your schedule as to when you want to learn.
  • Instructor-led program: You will have the choice to either attend live lectures each day online or watch later on-demand. As well, since each lecture is recorded, you will have the ability to go back and review the materials taught by your instructor.
  • Instructor-paced program: You don’t need to worry if you are falling behind. Your instructor keeps you on pace to graduate on time
  • Live daily instructor access: Your instructor maintains regularly scheduled office hours to help you with any concepts or material
  • Mandatory weekly group Q&A sessions with your instructor: This allows your learning cohort a chance to interact with one another and the instructor to get questions answered weekly
  • Finish in under a year: Successful students will graduate in under a year
  • Career support from day one: One-on-one employment & practicum support for graduating student
  • Learn from anywhere in Canada: Our number one goal is to help you prepare for the right career no matter where you live in Canada

Willis College Online is the newest and easiest way to get started towards your new career. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Take the next step and speak to one of our Admissions Advisors today.

Admission Requirements

High School Diploma with Grade 12 biology, physics, and chemistry (60%), Grade 12 math

Foreign High School – Transcript and Wonderlic of 20
Foreign University – WES Evaluation
MCAT – Not required for Willis College’s PreMed program and not required for Willis College’s partner schools

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

Program Outline

Please click on the course title to see the course description.

  • Biology I with Lab

    This first university-level course lays the foundation of biological principles to study in the Health Sciences. Topics include light and the definition of life; the cell; energy and enzymes; cell membranes and signalling; cellular respiration; photosynthesis; and the cell cycle.
  • Biology II with Lab

    This second course in biology continues to lay the foundation of biological principles started in the first course. Topics include regulation, homeostasis, growth and development, reproduction, and adaptation.
  • General Chemistry I with Lab

    This first university-level course lays the chemical foundations for studies in other scientific disciplines such as biology, physics, and biochemistry. Topics covered include stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, models of the atom, trends in the periodic table, chemical bonding, 3-D structure of molecules, and an introduction to organic chemistry and reactions.
  • General Chemistry II with Lab

    This second university-level course continues upon the chemical foundations laid in General Chemistry I. Topics covered include properties of solutions, rates of chemical reactions, equilibria, entropy, free energy, and electrochemistry.
  • Organic Chemistry I with Lab

    This first university-level course in organic chemistry lays the foundation for further studies in organic chemistry, with a focus on molecular structures. Topics covered include acids and bases, stereoisomerism of carbon compounds, and carbon compounds. Students will also learn about nomenclature and classification of organic molecules, and ionic reactions that include nucleophilic substitutions and elimination, radical reactions, reactions and synthesis of alkanes, alkenes, and alkyl halides.
  • Organic Chemistry II with Lab

    This course builds upon the foundation of Organic Chemistry I and allows students to have the necessary foundation for medical school. Students will examine foundational biochemical elements like proteins and carbohydrates. Lectures will also look at biochemical interactions of neurons and neurotransmitters, hormones, and associated diseases.
  • Cellular Biology and Histology

    Topics for Cellular Biology include the structure and function of cells, the cell cycle, vesicles and proteins, cell and molecular signalling, stem cells and other current techniques in cellular biology, and applications to biotechnology. Histology will focus on an introduction to animal cells and tissues: epithelium, connective tissue, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue. The central nervous system, integument, circulatory system, and immune system will be explored further as examples of complex systems of tissues, with an emphasis on the evolutionary form and function.
  • Physics with Lab

    This course provides foundational knowledge of physics. Lecture topics include an introduction to kinematics, energy, fluids, electromagnetism, and light and optics.
  • Biostatistics

    This introductory course to biostatistics will give the student a foundational understanding of biostatistics and how to interpret data. This foundational course will give the future medical student the ability to understand research studies, drug monographs, and properly prepare data for medical purposes.
  • English: Professional Writing Foundations

    This three-week course will give an introduction to the use of English within the health care industry. The first week will comprise of a review of English grammar, while the second and third weeks will help the student gain experience writing sample letters and emails for patient referrals, insurance/legal requests, and absentee letters. Letters will emphasize format, tone, empathy, and professionalism to project confidence and reassurance. Accuracy of medical terminology is critical.
  • Anatomy and Physiology

    This course will provide an overview of human anatomy and physiology. Major systems will be explored with an overview of major diseases that impact each system. An examination of how the nervous and endocrine systems coordinate cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and reproductive processes, metabolism, and other processes to maintain homeostasis will be explored in the final week.
  • Medical Terminology I

    This course will provide an introduction of medical terminology. The functional construction of medical terminology will be explored, including the Latin/Greek root terms and how suffixes and prefixes are used to define meaning. Standard medical abbreviations and key terms of major systems will be defined, enabling the student to pronounce and utilize key terms correctly to project confidence when dealing with patients and health care colleagues.
  • Medical Terminology II

    This course will continue upon the foundation of Medical Terminology I. Accurate pronunciation of key terms of remaining major systems and diagnostic procedural terms will be emphasized, enabling the student to project confidence when dealing with patients and health care colleagues.
  • Research Techniques I

    This course serves as an introduction to research techniques. The student will be given a subject/topic for research. In the first half of the course, the student will learn essential “evidence-based” research techniques and professional reporting. The second half of the course will involve researching a specific topic and producing a professional product. The instructor will be available for consultation and guidance (by appointment) during this process.
  • Research Techniques II

    In the second part of Research Techniques, the student will spend both weeks researching a new topic. The student will be expected to have gained knowledge from their first semester and produce a more complete evidence-based research product based on feedback and guidance from their instructor.
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