Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Health Science

Do you have a diploma in the health care field? Through part-time and online studies, you can turn your diploma into a degree and expand your career options without putting your current job on hold. Complete the Bachelor of Health Science program by transferring previously earned credits and attain your degree, and professional goals, sooner.


As a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Science program, you have a wide array of careers to choose from within hospitals, private- sector pharmaceuticals, clinics and other areas. Some of our graduates have moved into positions such as:

  • Geriatric fitness specialist
  • Gymnastics coach
  • Health care facility researcher
  • Health information manager
  • Health services administrator
  • Health-related entrepreneur
  • Public health specialist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
 Calendar Description

The Bachelor of Health Science program provides the opportunity for health care diploma students and graduates from recognized programs and institutions to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

This degree program is designed to:

  • Allow you, as a health care diploma student, graduate or working professional, to broaden your education and enhance your skills, knowledge, career options and academic credentials
  • Provide the academic foundation required for select graduate programs
  • Allow you to maximize recognition of related university credits you have earned for coursework unrelated to your health care diploma
 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

If you plan to complete this or another credential through Open Learning, please fill in a Program Admission form and email, fax or mail it to OL Admissions, along with your application.

Admission Requirements

Completion of, or proof of enrolment in, a minimum two-year diploma in health care or related area from a recognized program and institution

Transfer Credit

Graduates from a three-year diploma program may be granted up to a maximum of 90 transfer credits; graduates from a two-year diploma program may be granted up to a maximum of 60 transfer credits. Exceptions may be considered for concentrated programs. A maximum of 30 upper-level credits may be granted as block transfer from any health care diploma.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus); specifically, completion of two of either HLTH 3101, Client-Directed Health Care; HLTH 4021, Issues in Health Care; HLTH 4011, Health Policy; or equivalent

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, including at least 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

Lower-Level Requirements (12 credits)

6 credits in first-year English (university-level composition and literature), such as  ENGL 1001, Literature and Compostion 1; ENGL 1011, English and Composition II; or ENGL 1101, Composition, if not granted as part of the transfer credit from a diploma program
3 credits in introductory statistics
3 credits in humanities (other than English)

Upper-Level Requirements (9 credits)

3 credits in research methods, such as RMST 3501, Introduction to Research Methods or an approved upper-level equivalency
6 credits in either HLTH 3101, HLTH 4021 or HLTH 4011

Elective Requirements (15 credits)

At least 15 credits of required coursework must be academic electives, with a minimum of 6 upper-level credits

Student Responsibility

Before registering in any course, consult your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. If Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet program requirements and its credits may not applied toward your chosen credential, or you may be required to pay an additional transcript assessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.



Contact us at Student Services for more about this program or about Open Learning and its programs and courses.

Susan Jenner