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Bachelor of Health Science

Program Availability

This program is available to applicants residing inside or outside of Canada.

Program Description

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 has been designed 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 of related university credits they previously earned for coursework unrelated to their health care diploma.

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

What can you do with this credential?

As a practicing Registered Massage Therapist, Susan Jenner found that the Bachelor of Health Science degree has allowed her to consider other paths within and outside of her profession.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Completion of, or proof of enrolment 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.

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, 4021 or 4011 or equivalent, which contribute 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 course work must be academic electives,* of which a minimum of 6 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.

* Academic electives are courses that are not considered as professional development, applied studies or advanced training. Credit for ANES, POLY, RESP, and HLTH courses are limited because they 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. ENGL 1001 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 1101) if not granted as part of the block transfer credit 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 (HLTH 3501 or approved upper-level equivalency)
6 credits in HLTH 3101, 4021 or 4011

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 courses selected are appropriate for their program of study or to meet future educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transfer credit assessment fees.


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