PATHF-SA Pathway to Health Programs

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Overview

  • Nine-month pathway
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • This program is open to Manitoba residents of Aboriginal ancestry only. Applications for this program received from individuals who are not a Manitoba resident and/or not a member of an Indigenous community will be cancelled with no refund of the application fee.

Description
This pathway is designed to provide admission to specific Red River College programs for low-income residents of Manitoba who have not had the opportunity to participate or succeed in a college education due to social, economic, or cultural factors; a lack of formal education; or limitations due to remote geographic location (inaccessibility to post-secondary institutions).

This pathway will prepare you and increase your readiness (academic, personal, social and financial) for the College programs listed below.

The annual application deadline for on-program pathway students to apply to one of these programs is May 15. 

In addition to successfully completing Pathway to Health, you will be required to meet the admission requirements listed (see program's admission requirements webpage for details): 

  • Dental Assisting
  • Nursing
    • Successful completion of 6 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology with a minimum grade of 65% or C+ (completed in Pathway to Health)
    • Submission of an Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • Submission of evidence of current and valid certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) with CPR Level C and AED
  • Paramedicine - Primary Care Paramedicine
    • Successful completion of 6 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology and 3 credits of Medical Terminology with a minimum grade of 65% or C+ in each course (completed in Pathway to Health)
    • Submission of proof of a valid complete full stage driver's licence
    • Successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Fitness Assessment
    • Submission of an Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • Successful completion of a Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) with CPR Level C and AED Course
  • Science Laboratory Technology
  • Veterinary Technology
    • Completion of 80 hours of recent volunteer or work experience related to veterinary medicine at a veterinary clinic
    • Completion of a mandatory diagnostic test
    • Attendance at a mandatory orientation session

In addition to admission requirements above, most of these programs have progression requirements. Program progression requirements may include immunizations and testing, criminal record and child abuse registry checks, and/or a first aid course. See the program's admission requirements webpage for details.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

This program is open to Manitoba residents of Aboriginal ancestry only. Applications for this program received from individuals who are not a Manitoba resident and/or not a member of an Indigenous community will be cancelled with no refund of the application fee.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12 Graduation
    • Submit proof of graduation from Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
        and
  2. Aboriginal Ancestry
    • Provide proof of Aboriginal ancestry and membership with an Indigenous community by submitting one of the following:
      • Certificate of Indian Status (Treaty Card)
        or
      • Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Card
        or
      • Letter of Support from a First Nations Band
        or
      • Letter of Support from a recognized Aboriginal organization (examples include Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CARHD) or the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg)
        and
  3. Autobiography
    • Submit a 2-3 page autobiography that demonstrates your preparedness and suitability for this program.  Your autobiography should describe the following:
      • Your present situation
      • Your past experiences with learning
      • How you became interested in your chosen field of studies
      • Your personal strengths and challenges
      • Steps you've taken to prepare for college
      • Your participation in the community
      • Your future goals
    • Your autobiography be evaluated and assigned a score that reflects your potential for success in the program. If your score is within acceptable range you will be invited to attend a personal interview.  If your score does not fall within the acceptable range, your application will be cancelled.
      and
  4. Interview
    • Participate in a personal interview to assess your personal, social, and financial readiness for College (eg. housing, finances, childcare, supports, wellbeing, study skills, time management, competing commitments etc.)
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Sep 08, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$4,841.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$750.00
Other Fees
Year 1
$255.00

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1197Communication Skills for Health Professionals 1
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This course will prepare students to effectively communicate in an academic context. Students will develop skills in reading comprehension, listening, oral presentation, as well as technical and academic writing. Students will learn to summarize and synthesize information effectively in oral and written form. Emphasis will be placed on the writing process, grammar, mechanics, and formats. Students will also begin to familiarize themselves with the American Psychological Association (APA) format, and develop research skills using Red River College's online database, EBSCOhost and the internet.

COMM-2197Communication Skills for Health Professionals 2
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This course will further develop the oral and written communication skills learned in term one. Students will deliver oral presentations, develop reflective writing skills, write academic papers and create brief technical reports. Students will implement their research skills using the EBSCOhost database and the online catalogue and will further expand their knowledge of the American Psychological Association (APA) format.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1049Introduction to the Health Professions
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This course introduces students to a range of professions within the health field. Students will learn about different career options in the health professions through participation in a series of health facility tours and seminars led by professionals from a number of health disciplines. Students will also develop knowledge and skills in team building, conflict mediation, values awareness, intercultural communication and safe and respectful workplace practices. Emphasis will be placed on building the professional behaviours important in the workplace.

HEAL-1051Applied Learning Project: Health Professions
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This course introduces students to some of the technical skills required in the health professions. Working in a lab setting, students will learn basic skills and apply principles of workplace safety. Students will also work in teams on an applied health related project.

MATH-1122Math for Health Programs 1
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This course will equip students with a strong foundation of the basic mathematical concepts necessary to be successful in the health professions. Students will learn basic math operations and problem solving skills with an emphasis on applications relevant to the health fields. The topics covered in this course include basic arithmetic, measurement and basic algebra.

MATH-2122Math for Health Programs 2
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This course will build on the skills developed in Math for Health Programs 1. Students will learn basic math operations and problem solving skills relating to drug dosage calculations and basic statistics.

Prerequisites:
MEDT-1001Medical Terminology
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This course is a self-directed study unit designed to ensure mastery of the medical language. This course enables learners to use and understand the medical terminology common to most allied health personnel. This is accomplished by categorizing related terms into easily learned units and introducing students to the structure of medical language. By learning prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, learners will be able to build, use, and spell medical words that relate to body systems and body organization. Common abbreviations and symbols are also included. The completion of this course will equip students with an understanding of the terms included in the course text and the basis for recognizing and understanding new and unfamiliar terms introduced in other Paramedicine courses and used in clinical and practical settings.

MEDT-1001Medical Terminology
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This course is a self-directed study unit designed to ensure mastery of the medical language. This course enables learners to use and understand the medical terminology common to most allied health personnel. This is accomplished by categorizing related terms into easily learned units and introducing students to the structure of medical language. By learning prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, learners will be able to build, use, and spell medical words that relate to body systems and body organization. Common abbreviations and symbols are also included. The completion of this course will equip students with an understanding of the terms included in the course text and the basis for recognizing and understanding new and unfamiliar terms introduced in other Paramedicine courses and used in clinical and practical settings.

PDEV-1054Introduction to Professional Studies
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This course will equip students with the necessary skills to be successful in college. Topics include goal setting, time management, study and test taking skills, self-assessment, reflective practice and critical thinking skills. Students will also learn effective approaches to managing stress and develop strategies to become a more self-directed learner. Emphasis will be placed on building the intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills important to college success.

SAFE-1028WHMIS
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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

SCIE-1022Science Foundations for Health Programs
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This course will help equip students with the foundational concepts in chemistry and biochemistry necessary to succeed in the health sciences. Topics include the organization of the periodic table, the structure of the eukaryotic cell, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, structure of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, acid-base reactions, cell respiration, cell organelles, ATP synthesis and DNA/RNA.

ZOOL-1071Human Anatomy and Physiology
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This course focuses on normal human structure and function.  Topics include cells and tissues, support and movement, communication, and organ system control.  Unifying concepts of the relationship between structure and function, structural hierarchy, and organ system integration are emphasized.  Laboratory experiences reinforce these topics and concepts.  

ZOOL-1072Human Anatomy and Physiology
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A working knowledge of introductory anatomy and physiology is assumed.  The details of anatomy and physiology are organized around unifying concepts such as interrelationships of body organ systems, homeostasis, and the complementary nature of structure and function.  Presentation of the material reflects hierarchical levels of complexity that contribute to the organization of the body as a whole and the students' understanding of this organization.  Laboratory exercise are essential in adding students to apply theoretical concepts of anatomy and physiology.

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Objectives/Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the academic skills required to enter and be successful in a Red River College Health program.
2. Research and access the available academic, personal, social, financial, environmental and wellness supports.
3. Use a self-evaluation process to analyze personal and academic strengths and choose career options that best match a student’s strengths and abilities.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Other Information

First Nation students are advised to apply for financial assistance by contacting their Band Office, Tribal Council, or local management board.

Metis students are advised to contact their regional office of the Manitoba Metis Federation or Metis local management board.

Applicants who receive, or who are eligible to receive City of Winnipeg or Province of Manitoba Social Assistance are advised to contact their local office.

Applicants who receive, or who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits are advised to contact their nearest Employment Centre.

The Red River College Indigenous Student Support and Community Relations department offers a centre with many of the comforts of home to ensure your surroundings make you feel welcome.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For further information, contact:

Indigenous Liaison/Advisors
Monica Morin, 204.631.3361
Jaime Richard, 204.632.2483

Aspiring Student Manager, Wade Parke
204.632.2175

https://www.rrc.ca/indigenous/supports/

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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