Certificate in Health Foundations

Intakes for this program have been postponed indefinitely.​


The Health Foundations program provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to continue studies in the health care field. Students who successfully complete the program may, through a competitive declaration process, continue through the final three (3) years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing programs, or other undergraduate programs at KPU or elsewhere.

Note that admission to the Faculty of Health for the Health Foundations program does not guarantee registration in particular courses. Students intending to complete the Health Foundations Certificate and proceed into either the Nursing program or the Psychiatric Nursing program must declare that intention and then be evaluated based on the stated admission requirements for those programs.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/health

Department's website: kpu.ca/health/foundations

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate English course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate Biology course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Chemistry 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate Chemistry course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Level D1 as defined in the Mathematics Alternatives Table; or an undergraduate Math course with a minimum grade of C+

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission selection will be based on the highest admission average of the above required courses.

Curricular Requirements

The Certificate in Health Foundations requires the completion of the following 32 credits.

ANTH 1100Social & Cultural Anthropology3
BIOL 1160Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 1260Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing3
HEAL 1100Mental Wellness and Communication3
HEAL 1150Personal Care Skills: Lab 13
HEAL 1180Introduction to Health Research3
HSCI 1115Introduction to Health Science3
PSYC 1100Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes3
SOCI 1125Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures3
Total Credits32

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Health Foundations.

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