Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL)

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Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) is a Canadian distance education provider, operating as the Open Learning Division of Thompson Rivers University (TRU). The Open Learning division, which is situated in the BC Centre for Open Learning on TRU's Kamloops campus, offers courses and programs through online and distance learning. Currently over 400 courses and 57 programs are available for enrolment.

About Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL)

TRU-OL is a Canadian distance education provider, operating as the Open Learning Division of TRU. The Open Learning division offers courses and programs through online and distance learning. Currently over 400 courses and 57 programs are available for enrollment. Program credentials include: adult secondary school completion; certificates and diplomas, including advanced and post-baccalaureate; associate degrees; and bachelor's degrees.

Most of the Open Learning Division's distance courses are offered continually throughout the year and are non-paced, which means students work through coursework on their own at their own pace. 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).

Open learning is an independent approach to education offering students flexibility and choice regarding how, when and where they learn. Program and course admission have few geographical restrictions and most programs have low residency requirements. In addition, open learning acknowledges students prior work experience, past education and training through credit transfer, educational laddering and prior learning assessment and recognition.

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) can award credit for knowledge achieved through work and life experience.

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 other educational institutions as well as professional, industry and business associations.

Learning Support Network

Student Services Advisors help students develop educational plans and provide assistance determining prerequisites and entrance requirements for specific programs, transferring credit and assessing informal credit based on prior work experience. Once enrolled in a program, each student is assigned a personal Program Advisors who, through the entirety of their program, helps guide their education from program planning to course sequencing and selection. Students who complete a certificate, diploma or degree through TRU-OL will receive a TRU credential parchment and are invited to attend one of the two convocation ceremonies held at the TRU Kamloops campus.

History of TRU Open Learning

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.

Distance and online programs and courses

Thompson Rivers University offers degrees and courses in Adult Basic Education, Arts, Business and Management Studies, Education, General Studies, Health and Human Services, Science, and Technology.


New Degree Programs
Business and Management

First Nations Applied Economics

Accounting Technician Diploma

Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)

Adult Basic Education
ABE Fundamental Courses
ABE Intermediate Certificate (Adult Grade 10)
ABE Advanced Certificate (Adult Grade 11)
BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Grade 12)

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

Business and Management Studies
Certificate in 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 *

*Concentrations may include: Technology Management; Public Sector Management; Marketing; Leadership; Information Technology; Information Systems Management; Human Resources Management; General Management; or Accounting.

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

General Studies
Certificate in General Studies
Diploma in General Studies
Bachelor of General Studies

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

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

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)

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