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“I love everything about the course so far – the course content, the discussions that challenge us to interact with the material and apply it to other situations, and the assignments that ask us to use the information we’ve learned in real world scenarios. The prof and TAs are awesome and so helpful and approachable!”

—BHSc Student, March 2016

The following admission requirements for the Bachelor of Health Sciences program are minimum requirements, and the standard required for admission may be higher. Preference will be given to applicants with the strongest qualifications. Please select the category below that describes you best to see the admission requirements specific to you.  Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.

Applications for Fall 2017 will open on July 4th, 2017.

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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) program at Queen’s.  If you are not sure which admission category you fall into (i.e. you answer “no” to all of the below questions or you answer yes to more than one question), please contact bhscadvisor@queensu.ca to help identify which category you should apply to. Alternatively, you are able to apply to up to three different categories for one admission fee.

Direct Entry Student

Applicants wishing to be considered for direct-entry into the BHSc program must meet the minimum admission requirements of the university, which include completion of an accredited secondary school diploma or stated equivalent and a minimum 75% average.

Canadian Schools Prerequisite Courses Required
Ontario English 4U, any 4U Mathematics, and two of Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U, or Physics 4U. One additional required course at either the 4U or 4M level.
British Columbia, Yukon English 12, Mathematics 12* OR Calculus 12**, and two of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12.
Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut English 30-1, Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 or 31, and two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30, plus one additional academic 30 or 31 level course. Please Note: Pure Mathematics 30 can be used in place of the Mathematics requirement.
Saskatchewan English 30A and 30B, Pre-Calculus 30 or Mathematics 30B, and two of Chemistry 30, Biology 30, or Physics 30, plus one additional academic 30 level course. Calculus 30 is recommended.
Manitoba English 40S, any 40S Mathematics, and two of Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, or Physics 40S, plus one additional 40S level course.
Quebec CEGEP English – two courses; Mathematics – NYA, NYB, or NYC, and two of Biology NYA, II, Chemistry NYA, NYB or Physics NYA, NYB, NYC.
New Brunswick English 122, any Grade 12 Mathematics (except Financial and Workplace Math 12), two of Biology 122, Chemistry 122, or Physics 122, plus one additional academic Grade 12 course.
Nova Scotia English 12, any Grade 12 Mathematics, and two of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and Physics 12, plus one additional academic Grade 12 course.
Prince Edward Island English 621, any Mathematics 600, and two of Biology 621, Chemistry 621, or Physics 621, plus one additional academic Grade 12 course.
Newfoundland English-any level 3, Mathematics-any level 3, and two of Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, or Physics 3204, plus two additional academic Grade 12 course.

If you completed Advanced Placement, Cambridge Pre-University, International Baccalaureate, or a French Baccalauréat, or are from an international school, please contact Undergraduate Admission at admission@queensu.ca for more detailed information.  If you have any type of post-secondary education following high school, please browse the other admission categories to find the one that best suits you.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ or click the APPLY button on this website and select the “First Year” to apply via this stream.

Not sure if you fulfill these requirements? You can always apply to both “First Year” and “Non-Degree Interest” categories on your application and your eligibility for both will be assessed.

Information for Upper-Year Transfer Students

The BHSc program at Queen’s University accepts transfer students from other programs at Queen’s University, as well as from programs at other institutions.  Upper-year transfer students include all students who have completed the equivalent of 24.0 Queen’s units (typically 8 half-year courses).  Students interested in transferring into the BHSc program must have completed the following senior secondary courses (4U or equivalent) or have taken University courses in the following subject areas:

  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Any 4U Mathematics
  • English

In addition to these requirements, upper year transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.  Upper-year transfer applicants will also be eligible to have a maximum of 24.0 transferable units from their first degree program. All 24.0 units may be transferred as elective courses, or can be made up of a combination of core, option, and elective units, up to a maximum of 12.0 units for core courses and 6.0 units for option courses.  Transfer credits will be assessed after applying to the BHSc program.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ and select the “Upper-Year Transfer” category to apply via this stream. If you are unsure at this time whether you’d like to be a full-time or part-time student, you can apply to both for the same admission fee!

Information for First-Year Transfer Students

The BHSc program at Queen’s University accepts transfer students from other programs at Queen’s University, as well as from programs at other institutions.  First-year transfer students include all students who have completed LESS THAN the equivalent of 24.0 Queen’s units (typically 8 half-year courses).  Students interested in transferring to the BHSc program must have completed the following senior secondary courses (4U or equivalent) or have taken University courses in the following subject areas:

  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Any 4U Mathematics
  • English

Secondary school and/or first year university courses may be assessed, depending on the applicant.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a cumulative high school average of 75% are the minimum requirements to be eligible for transfer into the BHSc program.  Please contact Ryan Snowdon (snowdon@queensu.ca) at Undergraduate Admissions for further details.

First-year transfer students also may be eligible to receive transfer credits for some previous courses taken, which will be assessed upon application to the program.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ or click the APPLY button on this website and select the “First Year” category to apply via this stream. If you are unsure at this time whether you’d like to be a full-time or part-time student, you can apply to both for the same admission fee!

Information for Second Degree Students

The Second Degree program allows the holder of an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University or from another university to apply for the BHSc program as a Second Degree Student. To be able to apply to the BHSc program as a Second Degree Student, the BHSc curriculum must be sufficiently different from the applicant’s first degree.  Please consult the following table to determine whether you are eligible to apply to the BHSc program as a Second Degree Student based on your first degree.

Students interested in applying to the BHSc program as a second degree must have completed the following senior secondary courses (4U or equivalent) or have taken University courses in the following subject areas:

  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Any 4U Mathematics
  • English

In order to be eligible to apply as a Second Degree applicant, students must have completed all requirements for their first degree program. Students must have graduated from their first degree in good standing, with a Queen’s cumulative GPA of 2.7 in the last 48.0 units taken.

Applicants to the second degree program will also be eligible to have a maximum of 24.0 transferable units from their first degree program toward their Second Degree program. All 24.0 units may be transferred as elective courses, or can be made up of a combination of core, option, and elective units, up to a maximum of 12.0 units for core courses and 6.0 units for option courses. Transfer credits will be assessed after applying to the BHSc program. The additional courses for the second degree must all be completed at Queen’s University, regardless of whether the first degree is from Queen’s or from another post-secondary institution.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ or click the APPLY button on this website and select the “Second Degree” category to apply via this stream. If you are unsure at this time whether you’d like to be a full-time or part-time student, you can apply to both for the same admission fee!

If your First Degree is from Queen’s University

Primary (First) Degree Eligible to take BHSc (4-year) Honours Degree?
Nursing No
Chemical Engineering Yes
Engineering Chemistry Yes
BA Health Studies Yes
BAH Health Studies No
BSc Biochemistry Case by case
BScH Biochemistry Case by case
BSc Life Sciences Case by case
BScH Life Sciences No
BSc Biology Case by case
BScH Biology Case by case
BCMP Biomedical Computing Case by case
BCMPH Biomedical Computing Case by case

Students who have graduated with any other program at Queen’s University are eligible to apply to the 4-year BHSc program as a second degree. If interested in whether you are eligible for the 3-year BHSc general degree program, please see the BHSc Admission Regulations.

If your First Degree is from a University other than Queen’s University

Institution Primary Degree Eligible to take BHSc (4-year) Honours degree?
Athabasca University Bachelor of Sciences (Online) Case by case
University of Alberta BSc Biological Sciences Case by case
University of Alberta BScH Biological Sciences No
University of British Columbia BSc (3-year) degree from the following programs: Biochemistry, Microbiology +/- Immunology, Cellular, Anatomical & Physiological Sciences, Pharmacology, Biotechnology Case by case
University of British Columbia BScH (4-year) degree from the following programs: Biochemistry, Microbiology +/- Immunology, Cellular, Anatomical & Physiological No
University of Ottawa BSc (3-year) degree in the following programs: Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biopharmaceutical Science Case by case
University of Ottawa BHSc(H) (3-year or 4-year) Health Sciences or BScH in the following programs: Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biopharmaceutical Science No
University of Saskatchewan BSc (3-year) degree in the following programs: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology Case by case
University of Saskatchewan BScH (4-year) degree in the following programs: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology No
University of Toronto BSc (3-year) degree in Life Sciences Case by case
University of Toronto BScH (4-year) degree in Life Sciences No
University of Waterloo BSc (3-year) degree in Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences Case by case
University of Waterloo BScH (4-year) degree in Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences No
University of Waterloo BSc Science (Online) Yes
Western University BHSc(H) (3-year or 4-year) Health Sciences No
Western University BMSc(H) (-year or 4-year) Medical Sciences No

All other programs will be assessed on a case by case basis. If you fall into the category of “Case by Case”, please contact a BHSc Advisor at bhscadvisor@queensu.ca to be assessed for your eligibility.

Information for College Students

Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a program at a college (either a College of Applied Arts and Technology or equivalent) may be eligible to apply to, or transfer into, the BHSc program.  All college applicants must have completed the following secondary school (4U or equivalent) requirements to be eligible for acceptance into the BHSc program:

  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Any 4U Mathematics
  • English

College Certificate Graduates or students who have completed the first year of a Diploma program:

Applicants presenting a College Certificate or have completed the first year of a Diploma program are not eligible for admission consideration unless articulation agreements with their specific program and the BHSc program are in place, or they have completed the final academic secondary school requirements for admission in the jurisdiction in which they attended secondary school.

Two-Year Diploma Graduates:

Applicants who have completed a two-year diploma (or two years of a three-year diploma) are eligible to be considered for admission to the first year of the BHSc program. To be considered for full-time admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) on their college diploma. Students entering the BHSc program are eligible to receive up to 18.0 units of unspecified transfer credit.

Three-Year Diploma and Four-Year Degree Graduates:

Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma, three years of a four-year degree, or a four-year degree are eligible to be considered for full-time admission to the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. To be considered for full-time admission, these applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (B-). Graduates of Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (or equivalent) three-year diploma programs (or three years of a four-year degree), four-year degree programs, or from CEGEP three-year professional/career programs are eligible to receive up to 24.0 units of unspecified transfer credit.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ or click the APPLY button on this website and select the “First Year” category to apply via this stream. If you are unsure at this time whether you’d like to be a full-time or part-time student, you can apply to both for the same admission fee!

Non-Degree Interest Student Route into Program

Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements required for direct-entry into the BHSc program are encouraged to apply as Interest Students.  Interest students are able to enroll in a limited number courses outside of the degree program initially, and are given the opportunity to be evaluated for progression into to the degree program upon the completion of the following prerequisite courses:

These courses must be completed within two terms if the applicant is interested in full-time study, or longer if interested in part-time study once enrolled in the degree program. Students are limited to taking 2 courses (totaling 6.o units) per term. Non-degree Interest Students must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the three courses, with a minimum of 2.3 in any one course (excluding repeated courses). If students do not meet the above minimum standards, they will not be eligible to proceed in the program, but are able to continue to take courses that are offered by the BHSc program.

Students may also be eligible to progress into the BHSc degree program following Interest Study if they have completed a total of 12 courses (total of 36.0 units; minimum 24.0 units BHSc courses) and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0. If this route is chosen, students may opt to take the BHSc program on a part-time of full-time basis.

Once applicants are admitted into Interest studies, they must fulfill the requirements of the Interest progression into the degree program and are ineligible for acceptance into the BHSc Program via direct-entry.  Students who are eligible to proceed, who have completed these requirements as a BHSc Interest student, are not required to re-apply to the program through Undergraduate Admissions.  Please indicate your desire to progress using the form available on the BHSc website, to be submitted to the BHSc Office for assessment.  If you have completed the Interest courses listed above without being enrolled as a BHSc Interest student, please contact bhscadvisor@queensu.ca to discuss your options for progression into the BHSc program.

Students are unable to be accepted as an Interest Student at Queen’s University if they are already enrolled as a student at another institution.  Please see the Visiting Students section if you are enrolled at another institution but want to take some BHSc courses. If you have a previous university degree and are hoping to progress into the BHSc degree program via this route, please first check the table located in the second degree section of this webpage to ensure that you first degree does not exclude you from taking the BHSc as a second degree.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ or click the APPLY button on this website and select the “Non-Degree Interest” category to apply via this stream.

Queen’s University Students and Graduates

All current on-campus Queen’s University students may enroll in BHSc courses without application to the program. Please consult with your present program to ensure which courses will count as options or electives towards your present degree program.

Students who have completed a BHSc degree from Queen’s University may complete BHSc courses for upgrading or general interest.  Students who have completed a degree other than the BHSc from Queen’s University are able to take BHSc offered courses for general interest.  Contact the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program office to register for courses, if interested.

Visiting Students from Other Post-Secondary Institutions

Visiting students from other post-secondary institutions may take courses offered by the BHSc program on a Letter of Permission issued by their home institution. Visiting students are restricted to online courses offered by the BHSc program.  If you are currently enrolled in a program at another institution, unfortunately you are unable to concurrently enroll in the BHSc degree program and your current program.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ or click the APPLY button on this website and select the “Letter of Permission/Non-Degree” category to apply via this stream.

Interest Students Not Registered at a Post-Secondary Institution

Applicants who are not currently registered at a post-secondary institution may apply for non-degree studies with the BHSc in order to take courses for interest or for professional certification. Interest students are restricted to online courses offered by the BHSc program.

Non-Degree Interest Students are restricted to taking two courses per term to a maximum of 6.0 units.

Applications may be submitted through Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission.  Please visit https://webapp.queensu.ca/admission/apply/ and select the “Non-Degree Interest” category to apply via this stream.

Information for Aboriginal Students

Queen’s University is widely known for being a safe, caring, and respectful community for all Aboriginal students.  We offer Aboriginal candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program, known as the Aboriginal Admission Policy.

Aboriginal candidates apply through the Queen’s Web Application and self-identify as having Aboriginal ancestry.  Candidates must meet the general admission requirements for each program (at minimum, the university admission average of 75.0%) and deadlines for undergraduate admission.

Offers of admission will be made to Aboriginal candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. Students who are admitted under this policy will be encouraged to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen’s University. The Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, the Queen’s Native Students Association, and the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre are important resources for Aboriginal students. In addition, the students will be introduced to the contacts and services available at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre during the application process, upon admission, and during Orientation Week. Queen’s University encourages students to access these services throughout their time at Queen’s.

Candidates seeking admission consideration under this policy should submit a separate letter to the Aboriginal Community Liaison stating that they wish to be considered under this policy and provide evidence of Aboriginal ancestry.  An Aboriginal Person is considered an Indigenous Person of North America (treaty status, non-status, Métis, or Inuit). Admission to Queen’s University will depend on the assessment of the student’s program pre-requisites (or equivalencies) as well as the student’s overall average. The number of students admitted each year under this policy will be determined in the annual enrollment plan upon consultation with the faculties and schools.

If you have questions about applying through this policy, please contact either the Aboriginal Community Liaison at fd.recruiter@queensu.ca or Undergraduate Admission at admission@queensu.ca.