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University Arts and Sciences - Associate of Arts Degree (Health Studies)

Northern Lights College

Degree:Associate; University Transfer
Field of Study:Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Length:60 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,307


NLC's Associate of Arts Degree (Health Studies) prepares students for entry into health-related degree programs, with an emphasis on the University of Northern British Columbia's Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program. The two-year Associate Degree (Health Studies) provides broad coverage across the Arts and Sciences while introducing students to nursing as a career and meeting UNBC's core prerequisite requirements in the social sciences, English, Indigenous studies, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, psychology, and statistics.

Students who complete NLC's Associate of Arts Degree (Health Studies) with UNBC's grade requirements have an optimal transfer pathway into the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program and will be included among NLC students who have first claim to a designated number of seats each year. The partnership between NLC and UNBC enables prospective Registered Nurses to complete their post-secondary education in the north, for employment in the north.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 
1a. English requirement for domestic students who received their secondary education in English: "B" or higher in English 12, English Studies 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, English 050, or English 099. Alternatively, "C" or higher in a university-level English course. Students who do not meet one of the above English requirements must complete the NLC Writing Assessment for appropriate course placement.

1b. English requirement for domestic students who received their secondary education in a language other than English and for all international students: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version with minimum scores of: Speaking: 7.0; Listening: 7.5; Reading: 6.5; Writing: 7.0; Overall Band Score: 7.0. Alternatively, Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of: Speaking: 08; Listening: 10; Reading: 08; Writing: 07.

2. Math requirement: "C+" or higher in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, or Math 040.

3. Biology requirement: "B" or higher in Biology 12, Anatomy and Physiology 12, Biology 050, or Biology 101 within five years of program start date.

4. Chemistry requirement: "B" or higher in Chemistry 11 or Chemistry 040 within five years of program start date. (Chemistry 12 is strongly recommended.)

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 25, 2019