Preparing for Health Related Programs

Science degrees offer in-depth knowledge of the Science disciplines that help with the understanding of bigger picture concepts. They also offer opportunities to get the courses you need to apply into professional health related programs. Speak with a Science Advisor so they can assist you in planning a Science degree while you are working towards a professional program in the health sciences.

Health-related Programs Include:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Veterinary Medicine (not at U of M)
  • Optometry (not at U of M)

Taking introductory courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics, and Mathematics can lead to degree programs in the Life Sciences and are great preparation for admission into professional health related programs.

Required/recommended courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Grade Point Average (GPA):

Admission quotas are in place, which means competitive grades are required. • AGPAs (adjusted grade point averages) differ for each program. See Applicant Information Bulletins for exact calculations.

Additional requirements may include:

  • Admissions tests (MCAT, DAT, etc…)
  • Interviews
  • References

The Basics

Minimum Credit Hours (CH) Course Load Requirement Entrance exam/written Interview/references
Medicine 3 or 4 year Degree n/a MCAT Yes—interview and references
Pharmacy 30 CH 1 regular session of 24 CH Written essay No
Dentistry 60 CH 2 regular sessions of 24 new CH DAT Yes—interview
Occupational Therapy 3 or 4 year Degree n/a No Yes—interview
Physical Therapy 3 or 4 year Degree 1 regular session of 24 CH No Yes—interview
Respiratory Therapy 24 CH Priority given to those who do a 24 CH session No Yes—interview
Nursing 30 CH n/a No No
Physician Assistant 4 year Degree 1 regular session of 24 CH No Yes—interview and references
Veterinary Medicine** 60 CH Full time studies are given priority No Yes—interview and references
Optometry** 3-4 years of Sciences Full time studies are required OAT, CASPer Yes—interview and references

**not offered at the University of Manitoba


For detailed lists of requirements, please visit individual program websites:

The information on this page is to be used as a guideline and does not substitute for the information published by the Faculties. It is your responsibility to obtain and read the current information bulletin when it becomes available from the Admissions office. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office  at 424 University Centre, 204 474-8808.