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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Diploma and Dual Credential

Though the minimum educational requirements to apply for the program are high school, program acceptance has become very competitive and selective. In the last few years, there have been close to 400 applicants for 80 seats. Most of the successful applicants have undergraduate degrees or at least one or two years of post-secondary education. Only a handful of high school applicants are accepted and these had very high GPAs in the program educational requirements.

For those students who have post-secondary education, transfer credits will be given when course transcripts are reviewed. Course outlines may be required.

Year 1 and clinical year are the same for both diploma and dual credential (diploma/BHSc degree). Students declare an interest to enter into the dual credential stream during Year 1 of the program. Students enrolled full-time in the diploma program should be able to complete this credential within three years. The dual credential stream allows full-time students to graduate with both a three-year diploma and a Bachelor of Health Science degree in four years.

BHSc template (outlines the credits/courses needed for BHSc) BHSc electives (outlines choices of electives for the BHSc)
Year 1: start here, choose diploma or dual credential (diploma/degree)
 
 

Year 2
  Diploma
Year 2
  Dual

Year 3
  Clinical
Year 3
  Dual

Year 4
  Clinical

Year 1 and 2 courses of the diploma stream and Year, 1, 2, and 3 courses of the dual credential stream are offered on the Kamloops campus. The upper-level BHSc required courses are offered via TRU-OL. The courses in the clinical year are delivered at clinical affiliate sites.

Differences in courses (full-time workload)
Second-year diploma Second-year dual Third-year dual
Six RESP courses/semester Three RESP courses with BHSc electives or required courses
Three RESP courses/semester​