Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offers more than 57 independent-study programs so students can earn recognized credits and credentials by distance through Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL).
Students completing certificate, diploma or degree programs by distance through TRU-OL are awarded Thompson Rivers University credentials. TRU is an accredited public post-secondary institution with membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).
TRU credentials available through TRU-OL include adult Grade 12 (secondary school) completion; certificates and diplomas, including advanced and post-baccalaureate; and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Program areas include Adult Basic Education, Arts, Business and Management Studies, Education (Online Teaching and Learning), Health and Human Services, Nursing, Science, Technology and Tourism. Cooperative arrangements with other educational institutions, community organizations, industry, business and professional associations provide students with choices in earning recognized credentials.
TRU-OL program students have the opportunity to accelerate their credential completion through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and through transfer credit. With PLAR, academic credits is awarded for previous knowledge and skills gathered from life and work experience. PLAR can help students expedite program completion and save money on tuition. Further, they can transfer previously earned credits completed at other institutions into a TRU credential.
As a member of the British Columbia Post-Secondary Transfer System, Thompson Rivers University certificates, diplomas and degrees are accepted world-wide.
TRU offers distance programs in the following program areas through TRU-OL:
|Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts|
|Associate of Arts|
|Bachelor of Arts, General Program|
|Bachelor of Arts, General Studies|
|Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major|
|Bachelor of Arts, English Major|
|Bachelor of Arts, History Major|
|Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major|
|Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major|
|Bachelor of Design|
|Bachelor of Fine Art|
|Bachelor of Music (Performance)|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts|
|MBA - Master of Business Administration|
|MBA Foundation: Graduate Certificate in Business Administration|
|Certificate in Business Skills|
|Certificate in Entrepreneurial Skills 1|
|Certificate in Entrepreneurial Skills 2|
|Certificate in First Nations Applied Economics|
|Certificate in First Nations Taxation Administration|
|Certificate in Management Studies|
|Diploma in Management Studies|
|Accounting Technician Diploma|
|Advanced Certificate in Management|
|Advanced Diploma in Management|
|Bachelor of Business in Real Estate|
|Bachelor of Commerce|
|Bachelor of Public Administration|
|Bachelor of Technology (Technology Management)|
|Bachelor of Technology (Trades and Technology Leadership)|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Commerce|
|Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Commerce|
|Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate|
|Medical Laboratory Assistant National Certificate|
|Pre-Health Science Certificate|
|Social Service Worker Certificate|
|Anesthesia Assistant Post-Diploma|
|Bachelor of Health Science|
|Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth Mental Health|
|Transition Courses: Nursing and Health|
Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL are required to submit a Program Admission form.
Individual course descriptions are provided for all programs offered. Before registering, read through the information about distance education provided on this website. It examines various topics to assist students to start and continue successfully as distance learners.
TRU-OL also offers the opportunity to begin a program of study offered by University Consortium member institutions Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Victoria (UVic) without having to be admitted to these institutions.
Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops offers a selection of distance programs and courses. Refer to the TRU website for more information.
Be sure to review any particular program requirements such as pre-existing education, volunteer or work experience, or professional accreditation.
Each program has a program planning fee:
A transcript assessment fee will be required if a transfer credit assessment is requested.
Please ensure that all personal information is correct and that the correct fees are included. Also please ensure that any transcripts are directly submitted by the institution to TRU-OL at the mailing address indicated on the Program Admission Form.Program Admission Form
Wait for your transfer credit assessment to be completed (where applicable) and a program plan to be prepared that will list all available transfer credit and all the courses that are needed to complete your certification.
Please note that any international transcripts and/or credentials must be evaluated first by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Complete details on how to request an ICES evaluation and report can be found on the ICES website at http://www.bcit.ca/ices/.
TRU-OL is a member of Canadian Virtual University-université virtuelle canadienne (CVU-UVC), a collaboration of eleven Canadian universities that offers distance and online programs.
If we do not offer the distance program you are looking for, please visit our partners in the Canadian Virtual University consortium for additional distance and online degrees, diplomas and certificates.