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Pathway to Health Programs

Take a confident first step to prepare for academic success at RRC Polytech.

Learn to excel across a range health care and medical technology industries in an inclusive, supportive environment infused with Indigenous culture.

This pathway program is designed to provide admission to Indigenous Manitobans who have not had the opportunity to participate or succeed in post-secondary 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).

Pathway programs are preparatory and exploratory experiences that help ensure your academic, personal, social and financial readiness and provide the skills and support you need to confidently transition into specific RRC Polytech programs.

Through Pathway to Health Programs, you’ll jumpstart your journey into post-secondary education and prepare for a rewarding career in nursing, paramedicine, dental assisting, diagnostic medical sonography, medical laboratory sciences and more. You’ll gain a network of career-focused supports while building the learning techniques, foundational knowledge and technical skills you need to progress with confidence.

After completing this pathway program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for limited reserved seats in the following programs:

  • Program Type
  • Credential
    Statement of Achievement
  • Program Delivery
    In-person hybrid
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    9 months
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $6,200 – $6,900
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you will build foundational skills in human anatomy and physiology, math and science, and learn about health professions. You will also explore your diverse career options through practical lab sessions and applied-learning projects.


Gain foundational knowledge and build the skills you need to succeed in nursing, veterinary technology and allied health services programs.


Prepare to apply for your selected programs while expanding your skills and exploring specialized, program-related career paths.


Develop and present an applied-learning project focused on your program of choice.

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Collaborate with classmates in an immersive laboratory setting to prepare for your program of choice.
Understand the foundations of nursing, veterinary technology and allied health services and confidently prepare to transition into your program.
Build practical experience while exploring diverse career paths such as dental assisting.
Learn from your classmates – communication, teamwork and empathy are crucial to providing effective health care.
Find a profession that fits your passion and explore the health sciences industry through fields such as paramedicine.
Speak your mind! In this program, you’re encouraged to share your experiences and broaden your perspective.
Indigenous grads are honoured at the annual Pow Wow celebration.
Learn alongside passionate, industry-experienced instructors who are ready to support you from day one.
Use the Indigenous Student Support Centre at RRC Polytech to connect with peers and celebrate your culture and community.

Graduate Success

Through this program, Indigenous learners explore nursing, veterinary technology and allied health services program options in a culturally supported environment. After completing this pathway program, you’ll be ready to apply to related academic programs, earn certificates and diplomas and start your journey toward diverse career opportunities.

Priority admission opportunities

Pathway programs offer access to limited reserved seats and help learners prepare for admission into specialized programs that support their future career goals.

Progress with confidence

Graduates of this program are prepared – academically, personally, socially and financially – to confidently pursue post-secondary education through one of the many rewarding programs associated with this pathway.

Explore career options

Through tours, seminars and applied-learning projects, you’ll collaborate with other Indigenous learners and explore careers in health sciences. With the help of dedicated instructors and support staff, you’ll prepare for a program that sparks your passion and enhances your talents.

“When I first came to the College [I] was a pathway student. They [gave] me a stepping stone with academic supports. I found that really helpful, so it was very important.”

April Seenie – Graduate, Indigenous Education Pathway

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a learner in Pathway to Health Programs, you are caring, empathetic and committed to improving your knowledge and communication skills. You pay close attention to detail, have a strong understanding of math and science and want to use your skills to help individuals, families and communities. As a successful learner, you are prepared to devote additional time outside of class to your studies.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Critical thinker
  • Ethical
  • Independent
  • Patient
  • Team-oriented


  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Mathematics
  • Reliability
  • Writing


  • Helping others
  • Health care
  • Animals
  • Science
  • Ultrasound
  • Laboratory
  • Lab tech
  • Nursing
  • Health-care aide
  • Assistant

All the Information You Need



Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


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Celebrate and motivate your learning. Whether you’ve sprinted through the first term or just received your acceptance letter, find a variety of bursaries, scholarships and awards.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.


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Plan out your preferred learning journey. Review a summary of this program’s courses to discover what you’ll learn and how an RRC Polytech education will help your career.


Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

Begin Your Journey

Get Started with RRC Polytech

Start Your Application

Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

Funding Your Education

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

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