Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Health Sciences

Social work programs are listed under Education and Social Work. The Health Care Assistant Certificate and Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate programs are under Nursing.


Whether you want to enter the field of health care directly after graduation or use your education to help advance your career, we have a Health Sciences program that can start you on your journey.

Choose from many OL and TRU courses to fulfill your program requirements. You can also take post-secondary courses elsewhere and transfer them to your OL program. See BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) to explore your options.

Plan ahead and make the most of your Health Sciences credential. Our Program Advisors help you choose courses that can later be applied toward another program, either at OL or elsewhere.

Start your learning journey today!

Estimated Costs

Estimated program costs for domestic students are listed here. Please be aware that your actual costs may vary. If you are an international student or if your program is not listed, contact Enrolment Services.

Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate College
Medical Laboratory Assistant National Certificate College
Polysomnography Certificate College
Anesthesia Assistant Post-Diploma College
Pre-Health Science Certificate College
Bachelor of Health Science University
Transition Courses: Health Non-credit

Getting Started

Before you register for a course or apply for a program, please do the following. Read about distance education and course delivery formats. Look at the program descriptions, which state the admission requirements (if any) and residency requirements. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the course descriptions, too. Note the estimated program costs, learn about student awards and financial support, and consider how you can fund your education.

If you are interested in the scientific application of technology to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary and associated disorders, see TRU Respiratory Therapy.

Awards and Financial Support

You can apply for financial support if you meet specific place of residence requirements. If you are a full-time program student, you may be eligible to apply for an award, scholarship, bursary or grant, depending on the program. See Student Awards & Financial Support.


If you have applied for or been admitted to a Health Sciences program, you may be eligible, in some programs, for credit based on an assessment of your prior learning. PLAR allows you to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through work and life experience.

Contact Us

We’re with you at every step of your educational journey! Please contact us with your questions about Open Learning, student awards and financial support, the program application process, Health Sciences programs and courses or the many services available to you as an Open Learning student.