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Bachelor of Health Science

Program Description

The bachelor of Health Science 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.

This program is 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 practising 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.

Transfer Credit

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.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus); specifically, completion of two health (HLTH) courses delivered by TRU-OL, including either:

HLTH 3101, 4021, 4011 or equivalent, which contribute toward 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.

Lower-Level Requirements (12 credits)

6 credits in first-year English (university-level composition and literature: 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)

Upper-Level Requirements (9 credits)

3 credits in research methods (HLTH 3501 or approved upper-level equivalency)
6 credits in HLTH 3101, 4021 or 4011

Elective Requirements (15 credits)

A minimum of 15 credits of required coursework must be academic electives, of which a minimum of 6 credits must be upper-level. All electives must be selected in consultation with a program advisor to ensure they are appropriate for the program and meet the students's educational goals.

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


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 toward this degree.

Students are responsible for consulting with their program advisor to ensure courses selected are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


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