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Bachelor of Health Science

This degree program is designed to provide Health Care diploma students and graduates from recognized programs and institutions with the opportunity to obtain a bachelor's degree.

The Bachelor of Health Science degree program offered through TRU-OL is intended to:

  • Allow working health professionals to broaden their education and enhance their skills, knowledge, career options and academic credentials without having to leave the workforce for an extended period.
  • Make advanced studies available to professionals in selected health occupations at a convenient time and place.
  • Provide the academic foundation required for select graduate level programs.
  • Allow individuals to maximize recognition for related university credits they previously earned for coursework unrelated to their health care diploma.

Each student's degree program plan reflects his/her previous education as it applies to the degree.

Normally, graduates from a:

  • Two-year, four semester diploma program are granted up to 60 credits.
  • Full two-year, six semester, diploma program are granted up to 75 credits.
  • Three-year, six to seven semester, diploma program are granted up to 90 credits.

Graduates from the following diploma programs have enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science program:

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Paramedics
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Radiology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Occupational/Physiotherapists Assistants
  • And more

Admission Requirements

Completion of, or proof of enrollment in a minimum two-year Diploma in Health Care or related area from a recognized program and institution.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form. Applicants are required to provide official documentation showing their full post-secondary academic history.

Residency Requirements

Minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus), specifically completion of two health issues (HLTH) courses delivered by TRU-OL including either HLTH 3101, 4011 or 4021 or equivalent, which contributes towards the residency requirement.

Degree Requirements

120 credits (minimum of 45 upper-level credits), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, are required.Graduates from a three year diploma program may be granted up to a maximum of 90 transfer credits; graduates from a two-year diploma program may be granted up to a maximum of 60 transfer credits. Exceptions may be considered for concentrated programs. A maximum of 30 upper-level credits may be granted as block transfer from any health care diploma.

Required Electives

A minimum of 15 credits of required coursework must be academic electives,* of which a minimum of six of these credits must be upper-level. All electives must be selected in consultation with a TRU-OL program advisor to ensure they are appropriate for the program and/or to meet future educational goals.

Exemptions without credit may be granted for appropriate courses taken within the diploma program (excluding courses needed to fulfill the residency requirements). This may increase the number of elective credits required for degree completion.

*Note: Academic electives are courses that are not considered professional development, applied studies or advanced training. Credit for Anesthesia (ANES), Polysomnography (POLY), Respiratory Therapy (RESP) and Health (HLTH) courses are limited because some are considered non-academic. Courses related to the block credit will not be considered for additional credit towards this degree

Specific Lower-Level Requirements

  • 6 credits in first-year English (university-level composition and literature, e.g., TRU-OL's ENGL 1001, 1011 or 1101) if not part of the block transfer from a diploma program.
  • 3 credits in introductory statistics
  • 3 credits in humanities (other than English)

Specific Upper-Level Requirements

  • 3 credits in research methods (RSMT 3501 or approved upper-level equivalency)

  • 6 credits in HLTH 3101, 4011 or 4021 must be taken through TRU-OL

Academic Elective Credits

The number of elective credits required will depend on the number of credits awarded for the diploma program and any other relevant academic transfer credit awarded.


Students are responsible for consulting with their TRU-OL program advisor to ensure that courses selected are appropriate for the program of study or to meet future educational goals. Students require a Letter of Permission before registering in a course (not listed on the website) at any other post-secondary institution to complete the credential. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transfer credit assessment fees.

Email Student Services for more information.