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Why choose Health Sciences at Dal?

Accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE).


We’re a nationally accredited school that offers a Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) in four professional disciplines: Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiological Technology, and Respiratory Therapy. We also offer Medical Laboratory Technology in the Post Diploma program. We’re the only fully integrated four-year university-based program of this kind in Canada.

Our tight-knit programs foster teamwork, mutual respect, and continuous personal and professional development. And while we prepare you for a successful career in health care, you enjoy the benefits of the entire university experience.

Since the classes are small, not only will you get to know your fellow students well, you’ll be on a first-name basis with our faculty.

Our partnership with the QEII Health Sciences Centre—the largest academic health sciences centre in Atlantic Canada—allows you to get out of the classroom and into the clinical setting, starting in your first semester.

Program details

Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)

Program Options

Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) in one of 4 professional disciplines:


Diagnostic Cytology

[Please note that intake into the Diagnostic Cytology program has been suspended for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years]
This is the health profession responsible for detecting and diagnosing cancer at a cellular level. Learning is focused on both laboratory applications and microscopic analysis of specimens. A cytotechnologist identifies and interprets subtle changes within cells to provide a diagnosis, and prepares a cytological report using scientific knowledge, cellular characteristics, and clinical history.

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Sonographers are highly skilled health-care professionals who use ultrasound (sound waves) to look inside a patient’s body, evaluate the condition of various organs, and record digital pictures. Sonographers evaluate organs and structures such as the liver, kidneys, heart, thyroid, blood vessels, muscles, ovaries, as well as developing babies. They provide a summary of what they’ve discovered so specialized doctors can make a diagnosis.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

This profession uses radiopharmaceuticals to evaluate organ function and to investigate and/or treat disease. A nuclear medicine technologist performs the procedure, processes data, and evaluates the images that are then used to aid in the diagnosis and management of patients.

Radiological Technology

This profession uses radiation to produce images of patients’ anatomical structures. Radiological technologists are highly skilled in producing and evaluating radiographic images used by specialized doctors to make a medical diagnosis. They work in general diagnostic imaging areas of hospitals and clinics, as well as in such specialties as computed tomography (CT), interventional radiology (e.g. angiography), and mammography.

Respiratory Therapy

This is the diagnosis, treatment, and health promotion of patients with cardiorespiratory disorders. Respiratory therapists (RTs) are highly skilled health-care professionals who care for patients by evaluating, treating, and maintaining cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function.

Post Diploma program

People already working as professional cytologists, sonographers, technologists, and therapists, can apply to the Post Diploma program to pursue lifelong learning and expand their career opportunities. This program leads to a Bachelor of Health Science in Diagnostic Cytology, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiological Technology, Respiratory Therapy, or Medical Laboratory Technology.

Students are able to broaden their knowledge of the Canadian health-care system, enhance their leadership abilities, and equip themselves for participation in a rapidly changing health-care environment. The curriculum is equivalent to two years of full-time university study and is available on a full-time or part-time basis. All of the courses are delivered via distance learning, using the Blackboard Learning System.


Undergraduate program

Five university preparatory courses including English, math, and 2 sciences:

  • Diagnostic Cytology: Biology and Chemistry
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound: Biology and Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology: Physics and Chemistry
  • Radiological Technology: Physics and Chemistry or Biology
  • Respiratory Therapy: Chemistry and Biology or Physics

Post Diploma program

  • Successful completion of a diploma program in the profession for which you are applying.
  • Evidence of good standing with the relevant Canadian professional association.
  • Applicants must provide proof of successful completion of the Canadian licensing/certification exam in the discipline to which they are applying.

See admission requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2016/17

  • February 15 - Deadline to apply to the Bachelor of Health Sciences program
  • June 1 - For the Post Diploma program (September enrolment)
  • October 15 - For the Post Diploma program (January enrolment)

Other important program dates

Class Size

Our class sizes are small because acceptance into programs at the School of Health Sciences is dependent upon the number of clinical learning sites available each year. This year, the following numbers of students were accepted into our disciplines:

  • Diagnostic Cytology: 8
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound: 7
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology: 8
  • Radiological Technology: 13
  • Respiratory Therapy: 12

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Due to the professional nature of the BHSc program, students in each discipline can expect other expenses in addition to tuition, student fees, and textbooks.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing