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I am a 4th year Mac Health Sci student, ask me anything you want to know about the program.

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Hey everyone, I'm a fourth year student in the BHSc Program. Prospective students, feel free to ask me anything about the admissions process and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability. Good luck to all those who applied!

PS, I can't read through your supplementary application.
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I'm interested about the amount of science content one actually learns in the program. I realize there's an emphasis on skill-building, but does this actually mean that you learn less knowledge about biology and chemistry then say a life sciences student?

Did you mark supplementary applications? If so, what made an 'outstanding' essay for you? I'm just curious :).

Thanks
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@CyanicSparrow wrote
I'm interested about the amount of science content one actually learns in the program. I realize there's an emphasis on skill-building, but does this actually mean that you learn less knowledge about biology and chemistry then say a life sciences student?

Did you mark supplementary applications? If so, what made an 'outstanding' essay for you? I'm just curious :).

Thanks



Hey CyanicSparrow, great question.

I would argue that in first year, the difference is minimal. We take the same introductory chemistry courses as all other first year science students. Our biology is taught in a different way, and focuses on cellular signalling and molecular biology as a means to introduce students into the world of using primary research in addition textbooks to learn.

In later years, there are mandatory cell biology and biochemistry courses in an inquiry format, where you'll complete group projects. Generally, you'll learn something MUCH more in-depth than you would learn in any lecture-style class, but the information you learn may not be as broad.

What we don't have in mandatory traditional style science courses, we have in mandatory courses related to health. For example, anatomy and physiology is mandatory for most students in second year, as is epidemiology and statistics. In later years students must take health policy and critical appraisal of literature.

Overall, the wrong question to ask is "does one program learn more than the other". The two programs focus on different things, and each excels at what they're trying to teach.
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This is awesome! I was just wondering how you think the work load/difficulty of the program is. Was it a big challenge transitioning from high school? I heard that once you get it, the material is not hard at all!
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Roughly how much does it cost a year? Would you recommend living on campus at all or off campus? Do you have any tips on how to save money and do you think that it's worth it going to Mac for health sciences?
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HI, my average is 82, do I have chance to get in medical radiation science??
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