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Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning

Contact Information

Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning 4th Floor, British Columbia Centre for Open Learning 900 McGill Road, PO Box 3010 Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C 5N3, Canada

Phone: 1-250-852-7000 (Kamloops and International) 1-800-663-9711 (toll-free in Canada) Fax: 1-250-852-6405 Email: Website:


Thompson Rivers University (TRU), through its Open Learning Division (TRU-OL), is British Columbia's leading distance education provider. Educational goals are obtainable for anyone through the accessible and varied courses that can be taken anytime and at an individually-determined pace.

With over 400 individual courses and more than 53 programs available for completion by distance and online learning, students can take a variety of programs such as:

• University Preparation

• Certificates and diplomas, including advanced and post-baccalaureate

• Associate degrees

• Bachelor's degrees

Approximately 220 courses are designed and delivered by TRU-OL, while another 200 courses are available for registration through consortium institutions including Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Victoria (UVic).

TRU is mandated by the government of BC to provide open learning, which acknowledges students work experience, past education and training through credit transfer, educational laddering and prior learning assessment and recognition. Students who complete a TRU certificate, diploma or degree program through Open Learning will receive a TRU credential that is fully recognized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), of which TRU is a member. The Open Learning division of TRU, which helped found the Canadian Virtual University, operates in collaboration with BCCampus and other educational institutions as well as professional, industry and business associations. Flexible Course Structure

Most of Open Learning's distance courses are offered continually which means no registration deadlines to rush and meet. Students can organize their specific educational needs and goals within the framework of their lives. Some benefits of TRU-OL's student friendly delivery are:

• Flexible course delivery through web, online and/or print formats

• Continuous enrolment: register anywhere, anytime and complete studies at a pace and place that suits your lifestyle

• Minimal admission requirements

• Ability to transfer credits from and to other institutions

• Ability to gain credits for knowledge gained through previous work experience

Through Open Learning, a prospective students' lifestyle and livelihood may contribute to the learning process. Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) can help award credit for learning achieved through work and life experience. Once a formal application for transfer credit and program admission is made, advisors will develop a program plan and discuss whether or not PLAR is a suitable choice for the student's academic goals.

The following courses are available through Open Learning and can be applied to OL programs

University Preparation • Biology • Chemistry • English • Math • Physics • Science

Education • Online Teaching and Learning

Information Technology • Information Technology • Computer Applications • Computer Concepts • Computer Science • Systems Analysis and Design • Web Design and Management • Networks and Network Management • Relational Database Management • Human Side of Info Systems • Programming

Business and Management Studies • Accounting and Finance • Business and Management Studies • Communications • General Management • Human Resources • Information Systems • Leadership • Management • Marketing and Sales • Tourism • Mathematics and Statistics • Organizational and Human Resource Management • Public Sector Management Health and Human Services • Advanced Coagulation and Particle Removal • Anaesthesia • Anatomy and Physiology • Clinical Judgement • Counselling • Gerontology • Health and Healing • Health: Lifestyle and Choices • Health Sciences • Health Policy • Hemodynamic and Physiological Monitoring • Human Development • Interdisciplinary Practice with Children and Families • Interpersonal Communications • Issues in Health Care • Mental Health • Nutrition • Nursing • Personal Care Skills • Polysomnography • Preceptorship • Relational Practice • Sleep And Sleep Disorders • Social Welfare in Canada • Social Work • Special Needs • Work Role and Home Safety Management

Arts • Anthropology • Archaeology • Canadian Studies • Communications • Criminology • Cultural Resource Management • Economics • Education • English • Fine Arts • First Nations Studies • French • Geography • German • Greek • History • Humanities • Japanese • Linguistics • Music • Persian • Philosophy • Political Science • Sociology • Spanish • Women's Studies

Science • Algebra • Anatomy • Animal Behaviour • Biology • Calculus • Cell and Molecular Biology • Chemistry • Community and Ecosystem Ecology • Computer Science • Discovering Biodiversity through Taxonomy • Electrical Fundamentals • Environmental Studies • Filtration • Forest Harvesting • Forestry • Fundaments of Human Structure and Function • Genetics • Geography • Geology • Humans in the Ecosystem • Human Nutrition • Instrumentation • Kinesiology • Mathematics • Mechanical Systems • Physical Education • Physics • Statistics • Silviculture • Water Sources • Water Treatment

University Overview

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is BC's fourth largest provincial university. Founded in 1970 as a community college, it has been a degree granting institution since 1989. The Open Learning Division of Thompson Rivers University was created in 2005 when the university assumed ownership of all courses and programs of the former BC Open University. Today TRU-OL is based in the new BC Centre for Open Learning building located on the main Kamloops campus of TRU.

Instruction and Student Support

Open Learning courses are delivered in a variety of formats including: print-based, web-based, online and in-person as a lab, clinical, workshop or fieldwork. All web-based courses have mandatory web content and most have web student-to-student interaction. Some print-based courses have optional web content and interaction. Courses include tutor support by email, telephone or regular mail.

University Statistics

Year Founded: 1970 Total Enrolment: 24,500: on-campus – 9,500; distance – 12,000 Undergraduate Enrolment: 9,400 (on-campus) Graduate Enrolment: 100 (on-campus) Distance Education Enrolment: 12,000


• Students can receive credit for knowledge gained through prior life and work experience and also transfer credits earned at other institutions • Students may combine distance and on-campus studies in some programs for added flexibility • Open Learning courses and programs are offered continuously so students can register anytime • Distance consortium partnerships allow students to take credit courses from SFU and UVic • Diploma graduates from public colleges and universities in Canada can ladder into many TRU degree programs, both on campus and through Open Learning Programs Offered

TRU Credentials available through Open Learning

University Preparation

Arts • Associate of Arts • Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts • Bachelor of Arts, General Program • Bachelor of Arts, General Studies • Bachelor of Arts, Major Program (English) • Bachelor of Arts, Major Program (History) • Bachelor of Arts, Major Program (Psychology) • Bachelor of Arts, Major Program (Sociology) • Bachelor of Design • Bachelor of Fine Art • Bachelor of Music (Performance) • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts

Business and Management Studies • Certificate in First Nations Applied Economics • Certificate of Business Skills • Certificate in Management Studies • Diploma in Management Studies • Advanced Certificate in Management • Advanced Diploma in Management • Bachelor of Business, Real Estate • Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting • Bachelor of Commerce, General Management • Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Management • Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems Management • Bachelor of Commerce, Leadership • Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing • Bachelor of Commerce, Public Sector Management • Bachelor of Commerce, Technology Management • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Commerce • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Principles • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Commerce

Education • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

General Studies • Certificate of General Studies • Diploma of General Studies • Bachelor of General Studies

Health and Human Services • Pre-Health Science Certificate • Medical Laboratory Assistance Certificate • Polysomnography (Certificate of Completion) • Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate • Transition Courses: Nursing and Health • Social Service Worker Certificate • Bachelor of Health Science • Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth Mental Health • Anaesthesia Assistant Post-Diploma Program

Science • Associate of Science • Bachelor of Science, General Program • Bachelor of Science, Major Program

Technology • Water Treatment Technology Program • Certificate in Information Technology • Diploma in Information Technology and Management • Bachelor of Technology (Computing) • Bachelor of Technology (Technology Management) • Bachelor of Technology (Trades and Technology Leadership)

For information on other degrees, diplomas and certificates offered on-campus at TRU visit the website (

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