Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Pre-Health Science Certificate

The Pre-Health Science Certificate program provides general educational breadth as well as specific health-related content that is either a required or a recommended prerequisite to many health care programs. Study part-time and online while meeting your work and life commitments.


This program and its courses can be used as prerequisites for entry into many post-secondary health care programs, such as the Justice Institute's Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program. Graduation from this program can bring you closer to your professional goals and/or prepare you to apply for admission to a health care program.

 Program Requirements

Admission Recommendations

Open admission

Graduation from Grade 12 is strongly recommended

Principles or Foundations of Math 11, CHEM 12, BIOL 12, ENG 12 and PHYS 11 (all with C+ average) or equivalent are strongly recommended

If you plan to complete this or another TRU-OL credential, please submit a completed Program Admission Form with your application.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Certificate Requirements

Core Knowledge Requirements (24 or 25 credits)

BIOL 1593, Anatomy and Physiology (3) or campus-based BIOL 1590
BIOL 1693, Anatomy and Physiology (3) or campus-based BIOL 1690
ENGL 1101, Composition (3) or campus-based ENGL 1100
HLTH 2501, Pathophysiology (4)
HLTH 2511, Pharmacology (3)
PSYC 1111, Introductory Psychology I (3) or campus-based PSYC 1110

One of:
PSYC 2111, Research in Experimental Psychology (3) or
PSYC 2101, Statistics in Social Science (3) or
STAT 1201, Intro to Probability and Statistics (or campus-based STAT 1200 or 2000) (3)

Elective Requirements (2 or 3 credits)

One of:

  • Current Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification offered by the Justice Institute: 105 hrs/15 days full-time, calculated using TRU policy ED 8-0 ( PDF, 367 KB) or equivalent (2) or
  • MATH 1101, Finite Math; PSYC 1211, Introductory Psychology II; ENGL 1101, Composition; or an alternate course approved by your Program Advisor (3)

The following courses, which are required for the Pre-Health Science Certificate program, can be applied toward admission into the Justice Institute's Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program:

BIOL 1593, Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
BIOL 1693, Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
HLTH 2501, General Pathophysiology (4)
HLTH 2511, Introduction to Pharmacology (3)
ENGL 1101, Composition (3)
Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, may find that a course does not meet the program requirements and cannot be used toward that program’s credential.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services to speak with us about this program or with your questions about Open Learning and its programs and courses.