Other considerations

Because the Bachelor of Health Science program is an accredited, professional program, there is additional information that prospective students need to be aware of before they apply.

Personal suitability

Since students in the BHSc program work with patients who trust them to provide safe and competent care, certain types of conduct or physical limitations may be considered unsuitable for acceptance of an applicant.

Examples of criteria used to assess unsuitability in aptitude and fitness include, but are not limited to:

  • Unethical behaviour;
  • Any medical condition that affects an individual's ability to perform the duties expected of a practitioner in the selected profession;
  • Persistent substance abuse;
  • Conviction of criminal activity.

Time requirements

The Bachelor of Health Science program is a four-year, full-time course of study. In addition to courses taken in the regular academic year (September - April), there is a requirement for an 8-10 week clinical practicum in the May - June time period at the end of Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3. During the clinical practicum, students may be required to work evenings, nights, and weekends. Placements for clinical practicums are arranged by the Clinical Coordinator, according to guidelines established by the School.

Additional costs

Students in each discipline of the School of Health Sciences can also expect the following approximate expenses in addition to tuition, student fees, and textbooks:

BCLS/Standard First Aid

  • Initial BCLS/SFA in 1st year: $75
  • Re-certification for BCLS in 2nd and 3rd years: $25
  • Re-certification for BCLS/SFA in 4th year: $50

Immunizations (1st year)

  • Hepatitis B: $90
  • Mantoux: $30
  • Rubella Titre: $0

Extra costs for uniforms, registry exams, and student membership in professional associations vary with each program. These amounts are all approximate:

Diagnostic Cytology

  • Lab coats: $50
  • Membership in professional associations: $50/year
  • Registry exam (3rd year): $300

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

  • Uniforms/lab coats: $70
  • Registry exam fees (3rd and 4th year): $1,335

Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • Lab coats: $50
  • Membership in NSAMRT (1st year): $40
  • Registry exam (4th year): $500

Radiological Technology

  • Uniforms/lab coats: $400
  • Membership in NSAMRT (1st year): $40
  • Registry exam (4th year): $500
  • Other: $200

Respiratory Therapy

  • Uniforms: $200
  • Membership in professional association (1st year): $175
  • Registry exam (3rd year): $900
  • Stethoscope: $100
  • Book for NRP course (3rd year): $70

Clinical practicums

Students in all programs are responsible for living and travel costs related to their clinical practicums in May and June in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years. The clinical practicum is a full-time commitment and students are not able to work at other jobs during that period.

Affirmative action

The Faculty of Health Professions, of which the School of Health Sciences is a part, recognizes that action is required to increase the number of graduates from under-represented indigenous minority groups of the Maritime and Atlantic Provinces, particularly Blacks and First Nations people. Therefore, the Faculty, through its constituent units, will develop and implement affirmative action policies that are approved by the Human Rights Commission. Further, the Faculty will work to identify and develop recruitment and support systems that will ensure that members of these under-represented groups apply and graduate.