Non‑Academic Requirements for Health Sciences
Assessment of non-academic performance accounts for 20% of the applicant's overall total score. All supplementary information should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before the February 15 deadline.
Letter of intent
A letter of intent must be submitted with your supplementary application package. Your letter must address each of the following questions:
- Why did you choose this professional discipline as your area of study?
- What qualities, skills, and assets make you a good candidate for this profession?
- What is your understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a person working in this profession?
- How did you research this field before making your choice?
Please use the following instructions when drafting your letter:
- Answer questions in paragraph form;
- Organize your letter clearly and concisely, and demonstrate proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
- Limit your answers to 250 words per question.
Applicants will be assessed on the following non-academic criteria:
- Demonstrated knowledge of the selected health profession
- Community involvement
If you're applying to more than one professional discipline within the Bachelor of Health Science program, please write a separate letter for each discipline to which you are applying.
Please include a copy of your resume outlining your education, work, and volunteer experiences. Please include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of two references.
Requirements of the professions
Please review the following information and familiarize yourself with the performance expectations and requirements of each Health Sciences disciplines before you apply:
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 admission.
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
In addition to courses taken in the regular academic year, there is a required 8-10 week clinical practicum in May through June at the end of years one, two and three.
During the clinical practicum, students may be required to work evenings, nights and weekends. Placements for clinical practicums are arranged by the Clinical Coordinator.
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:
Basic Cardiac Life Support/ Standard First Aid
|Initial BCLS/SFA||$119 CAD|
|Re-certification in 2nd year (BCLS)||$65 CAD|
|Re-certification in 3rd year (BCLS/SFA)||$119 CAD|
|Re-certification in 4th year (BCLS)||$65 CAD|
Immunizations (1st year)
|$35 CAD at Dal Heath|
|Mantoux Step 1||$40 CAD at Dal Health|
|Mantoux Step 2||$80 CAD at Dal Health|
|Rubella Titre||$0 CAD|
|N95 Mask-fit testing in 1st year||$30 CAD|
|N95 Mask-fit testing in 3rd year||$30 CAD|
|Criminal Record Check/ Vulnerable Sector Survey||$30-50 CAD|
Program specific expenses
Extra costs for uniforms, registry exams, and student membership in professional associations vary with each program. These amounts are all approximate:
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
- Uniforms/lab coats: $80 CAD
- Registry exam fees (3rd and 4th year): $825 (Does not include specialty certifications)
Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Lab coats: $50
- Membership in NSAMRT (1st year): $40
- Registry exam (4th year): $1005 CAD (Does not include specialty certifications)
- Other: $40 CAD
- Uniforms/lab coats: $400
- Membership in NSAMRT (1st year): $40
- Registry exam (4th year): $1005 (Does not include specialty certifications)
- Other: $20
- Uniforms: $200
- Membership in professional association (1st year): $100
- Registry exam (3rd year): $1034
- Stethoscope: $100
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.
The Faculty of Health, of which the School of Health Sciences is a part, recognizes that action is required to increase the number of graduates from underrepresented 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 underrepresented groups apply and graduate.