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Do you see yourself as a doctor or a dentist one day? Perhaps a pharmacist or a veterinarian? Careers in the health professions are as exciting as they are varied, and we want to help you get there. The BHSc degree has been designed and built by educational experts for students who hope to become health professionals.

It's an ideal degree for students whose passion for science is matched only by their desire to learn about it in new and progressive ways. This multidisciplinary program has been developed by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. Long-recognized as a national leader in health education, our Faculty offers outstanding programs in Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilitation Therapy, and graduate studies in addition to ground-breaking research and clinical trials.

Available both on-campus and online, our program is distinctive in that it is designed to align closely with the competency framework used by medical schools and other health profession programs. By doing so, students in the program will not only learn the course content, but will learn how to apply and extend their knowledge by becoming effective advocates, collaborators, communicators, leaders, scholars, professionals, and content experts. We hope to welcome you as the newest members of our community.

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Program at a glance

Get the courses you need
Complete our Orientation Module prior to starting course work.
Take PHGY 170, ANAT 100, PHAR 100, BIOL 243, GLPH 171, and BMED 173. Also take 6.0 units of optional courses and 6.0 units of electives (which can include optional courses).
If you are planning on completing one (or more) of the six optional learning tracks, declare it with you Academic Advisor at the end of first year.

Get relevant experience
If in Kingston, see the AMS Clubs Directory or the Queens' Get Involved page for ideas to get involved.
Other ways to become involved include volunteering for after-school children's programs, volunteering in retirement residences, aiding the integration of recent immigrants to Canada, or volunteering at veterinary clinics or a local animal shelter.

Get connected with the community
Volunteer with various community organizations, such as local charities, local organizations that cater to a specific at-risk population, hospitals, public health units, or larger, national or global organizations such as Canadian Blood Services, the Canadian Red Cross, Medicins San Frontieres, Right to Play, or Me to We.

Get thinking globally
Think about international affairs and global health issues and how you would like to incorporate these areas into your degree.
Bilingualism opens up many job opportunities in Canada. Consider increasing your proficiency in French through Queen's courses or language clubs, city-run programs, or through apps such as Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, or Babble.

Get ready for life after graduation
Explore the BHSc program website to see how it can act as a stepping stone to a new healthcare career.

Need career advice? You can book a phone or Skype appointment with a career counsellor through MyCareer or call the Career Services reception at 613.533.2992.

 

 

Get the courses you need

Take PHGY 215, BMED 270, GLPH 271, BCHM 270, and one of MICR 270 or 271. Also take an additional 60 units of optional courses and 6.0 units of electives (which can include optional courses).

If you have declared one or more learning tracks, make sure that you are enrolled in the courses required to complete it. Review the courses available for each one on the BHSc website and register for them accordingly.

Get relevant experience

Look into attending, in person or by webcast, high profile Queen's conferences such as the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare, TEDxQueensU, or Queen's Healthcare and Business Conference.

Begin to engage with a community organization to ready yourself for GLPH 471.

Get connected with the community

Develop greater connections with the organizations that you volunteer for, taking on responsibilities or special projects that help the organization in a tangible manner.

Get thinking globally

If you're looking to internationalize your degree or to leverage your existing cross-cultural experience, start brainstorming about what kind of experience you would like to have.

BHSc online students are not eligible for exchange, but you can study at the Bader International Study Centre, or volunteer or work/intern abroad.

Get ready for life after graduation

Grappling with program decisions? Talk to one of the BHSc Academic Advisors by emailing bhscadvisor@queensu.ca

Look for opportunities to get hands-on experience in your field by becoming an intern at dental or veterinary clinics, in hospitals, or by looking for summer work opportunities in government/ private laboratories.

Get the courses you need

Take BMED 370, REPD 372, BMED 373, PHGY 370, and PHAR 270. Also take an additional 90 units of optional courses and 6.0 units of electives (which can include optional courses).

If you're planning to graduate after third year, switch into the General degree. Be aware that 4th year courses can be elective courses. If you have declared a learning track and are graduating with a general degree, make sure that you have completed the required courses for that track. Apply to graduate on SOLUS.

Get relevant experience

Begin (or continue) to engage with a community organization to ready yourself for GLPH 471. If you are looking for hands-on lab experience, consider our two-week intensive laboratory course, BMED 384 at Queen's.

Assess what experience you're lacking and fill in gaps with volunteering, clubs, or internships - contact Career Services for help.

Get connected with the community

Conduct targeted networking with those working in your careers of interest. Connect with Queen's professors in person, through video chat, or via email to learn about the career possibilities in a specific field.

Get thinking globally

If you are interested, apply as an upper year student to study at the Bader International Study Centre in the UK.

Build your intercultural competencies by getting involved with other cultures or by practicing or improving your language skills.

Get ready for life after graduation

Start focusing on areas of interest and research which educational requirements are needed; the program website can help you start. If needed, prepare to take any required tests (like the MCAT or Dental Aptitude Test) and research possible scholarships/bursary opportunities in your desired field.

Connect with Queen's alumni on LinkedIn.

 

Get the courses you need

Take GLPH 471 and REPD 473. Also take an additional 18.0 units of optional courses and 6.0 units of electives (which can incude option courses). If you have declared a learning track, make sure that the required courses to complete your track(s) are considered.

Apply to graduate on SOLUS.

Get relevant experience

Investigate full-time jobs or further education related to careers of interest. Ensure your LinkedIn profile is ready to be viewed by recruiters and potential employers; use Queen's Career Services resources to improve your page.

Join groups on LinkedIn reflecting specific careers or your topics of interest in Health Sciences.

Get connected with the community

Consider joining professional associations or scientific societies in your field of interest such as the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the Canadian Nurses Association or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Some of these associations have their own internal field-specific job boards or resources that could be useful to you.

Get thinking globally

Check Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) resources for ideads to work/intern, or volunteer abroad. Prepare for work or studies in a multicultural environment by taking QUIC's online Intercultural Modules.

Get ready for life after graduation

Confirm requirements for full-time jobs or professional program applications or other opportunities related to careers of interest. Apply to jobs or future education, or make plans for other adventures. Get help from Career Services with resumes, interviews, grad school applications, or other decisions.

Career paths

How to apply

Queen’s on-campus BHSc is a direct-entry program, requiring an 80% in 4U (or equivalent) English, 4U biology, 4U chemistry, and any 4U math. Although a minimum cumulative average of 75% (including prerequisite courses) is required for admission consideration, acceptance into the on-campus program will be competitive. That is, it is anticipated that the admission average will be over 90% for the on-campus BHSc.

If you’d like to take a little more time to decide if the program is right for you and perhaps don’t meet the minimum admission requirements, then consider applying for admission to take individual courses from the program as an online student. Successful candidates are admitted as “Non-Degree Interest Students,” and you can take a limited number of individual courses without working towards completing the full BHSc degree. You would also have the option of subsequently progressing into the online degree program, if you wish, based on your performance in specific completed interest courses.

To learn more, select the category that applies best to your current situation:

High school students
High school students

If you have recently completed or will soon be completing high school and have the high school prerequisites, apply to the BHSc degree program as a First Year Applicant.

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College students
College students

College students or recent graduates can apply to direct-entry into the BHSc program as a First Year Applicant if you have the high school prerequisites, but there is an alternate route into the online program if you don’t.

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University students
University students

Looking for a change in what you are studying? The online BHSc program accepts upper year transfer students or second degree students.

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Mature students
Mature students

If you have been out of school for some time and are looking to get into the Health Sciences, depending on your highest level of education, there are different ways that you may be eligible for the online BHSc degree.

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Individual course students
Individual course students

You may be interested in taking an online course or two that we offer to see if the health sciences are for you. You can apply as a non-degree interest student and take up to two courses per term.

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Talk to an advisor
Talk to an advisor

Unsure of which category to select? Click here to get in touch with one of our advisors.

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"The main thing that I like about the program is that it gives you a real practice in the health sciences and it’s not only theory. For example, in toxicology we have real cases or in immunology (BMED 386) we have the chance to go and learn the clinical laboratory practice example."

Saad Balamane
Current BHSc Student

Why choose Queen's University?

We challenge. We support. You succeed. As one of the top universities in Canada, you can expect to be exposed to innovative concepts, different ideas and new ways of thinking. Queen’s takes an inclusive approach to the student experience and aims to ensure students feel supported, welcomed, and included. Starting the summer before you arrive with the SOAR program, and continuing through your time here, Queen’s offers many programs and services dedicated to supporting your transition to university, your health and wellness, and your academic and career planning.

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Percent of Queen's grads employed six months after graduating

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Countries represented in the student body at Queen's University

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What we did is we made you a distinctive program that starts bringing materials together in first year and starts you having discussions with your classmates in the first stages of learning as opposed to waiting until you understand a lot of ideas. So the concept is taking ideas and connecting them and then extending them.

Dr. Michael Adams
Director of the Bachelor of Health Sciences

Life in Kingston

Live in one of the top five university towns in the world, according to the BBC.

Described by students as both “quaint” and “eclectic,” Kingston is big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, and small enough for students, staff, and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home. Queen’s is located on a beautiful waterfront, just a 10-15-minute walk from downtown Kingston.

Kingston will quickly become your home-away-from-home. It is home to more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada, has been labeled the “smartest city in Canada” with the highest number of PhDs per capita in the country, and if you enjoy exploring, you will also be able to easily travel from Kingston to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York State and more!

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