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Thompson Rivers University

Pre-Professional Health Sciences

Pre-Chiropractic Studies

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is located in Toronto, Ontario and offers a four-year program leading to the professional credential of DC (Doctor of Chiropractic). Candidates seeking admission must have completed at least three full years (90 credits) of university level courses and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to 3.30. Although not required, it is recommended that applicants have completed six credits of courses with labs in each of organic chemistry and biology, three credits in introductory psychology and nine units in humanities or social sciences.

Admission evaluation is based on a scoring system which is derived from the following: academic assessment, interview, essay and autobiographical submission. Pre-chiropractic students are advised to visit the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College website for further information and to verify admission requirements.

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Pre-Dentistry Studies

Students hoping to gain admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program at UBC must have completed at least three full years of post-secondary courses, all of which may be taken at TRU. In addition, they must achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 70 percent (2.8) for all college/university work (including failed courses).

Because admission to Dentistry is extremely competitive, it is recommended that students choose courses that will lead to a bachelor's degree in science as an alternative career goal.

Pre-dental students are advised to consult the UBC Faculty of Dentistry website. Further information on pre-dental study, including advice on the appropriate choice of electives and transfer to universities other than UBC, may be obtained from the chairperson.

UBC Dentistry

Pre-Medicine Studies

Pre-medical students are advised to consult the UBC Faculty of Medicine website and the online transfer guide. Further information on pre-medical study, including advice on the appropriate choice of electives and transfer to universities other than UBC, may be obtained from the chairperson. Courses in behavioural sciences, genetics and physics, biometrics and statistics are strongly recommended for all applicants.

No particular degree program is considered ideal as preparation for the study and practice of medicine. Candidates for admission must have completed at least three full years of university level courses, all of which may be taken at TRU. The minimum academic standing required for admission is 70 percent based on all university-level courses attempted.

Pre-Naturopathic Medicine

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is located in the North York region of Toronto Ontario and offers a four-year, full-time professional program in naturopathic medicine. Graduates receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) diploma. Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years (90 credits) toward a baccalaureate degree. A cumulative grade point average of 75 percent is recommended to be competitive. Candidates are evaluated on their academic history a well as their motivation for becoming a naturopathic doctor, leadership skills, problem solving and critical-thinking skills, and specific personal qualities and characteristics.

Pre-Optometry Studies

The School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo offers a four-year professional program leading to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Applications to the program are accepted from candidates who have met the following criteria:

  • A minimum overall university science average of 75 percent.
  • The science average is the overall average of all courses taken while registered in a faculty of science.
  • Canadian citizen or legal resident of Canada status held for at least 12 months prior to the registration day of the fall term.

Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences Studies

Students wishing to obtain a BSc (Pharm) degree from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC may complete the required pre-pharmacy year at TRU. Those students who achieve an average grade of at least 65 percent in the courses outlined below, may then apply for admission to UBC, and, if accepted, complete the bachelor's degree program in four further years.

Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences Studies

The School of Rehabilitation Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine at UBC no longer offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, BSc,(OT) and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, BSc,(PT). Instead, they are offering Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degrees.

Students wishing to qualify for rehabilitation sciences at UBC are strongly advised to visit the UBC website to verify admission requirements. Students must have a minimum academic standing of B+ calculated on their upper level courses. Advice may also be obtained from the chairperson or a TRU academic advisor.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) was established to serve the four western provinces. Admission to WCVM requires at least two full years of post-secondary science courses. Because of the intense competition for entry to the veterinary program, potential students are advised to undertake a program of post-secondary study which will lead to an alternative career goal, should they fail to gain admission to veterinary medicine. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 70 percent in order to be considered for admission into the veterinary program. All grades are converted to a common scale for comparative purposes and this converted average will be used.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine has introduced an Educational Equity Program for Aboriginal students. In this program, a defined number of seats have been allocated for self-identified applicants of Aboriginal descent. For the purpose of admission, the documents that are accepted as proof of Aboriginal ancestry are listed in The University of Saskatchewan Calendar. Visit the Western College of Venerinary Medicine for details.

Students whose alternative career goal is a bachelor's degree in science may complete all of their courses at TRU and then apply for admission to WCVM.