Search AC Website

Top Links
Semester Schedule myAC Student Portal Subject Areas Library
Students enjoying their time downtown

Associate of Science (General) – Health-Related Pathways

2 Year Duration
Undergraduate Degree
60 Credit Hours
Transferability
student-reading-a-book

Program Description

By selecting prescribed courses within the Associate of Science (General) option, students can become eligible to apply for competitive admission into the third year of health-related bachelor’s degrees at Capilano University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Students who would like to pursue these pathways should discuss their plans with Alexander College academic advisors and with academic advisors at the receiving institutions as early as possible.


Associate Degrees

At Alexander College, we offer two associate degrees with a number of different concentrations and pathways so students can customize their academic experience. With an associate degree, students can either transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program offered at a university or enter the workforce directly.

Associate of Arts Degree Options

Students are responsible for submitting original academic documents (e.g. transcripts, language test scores, etc.) with their application for admission, or at a later date.

alexander-college-students-in-sociology-class General Business Business & Psychology International Business International Relations Economics Mathematics Pre-Social Work Psychology Sociology

Associate of Science Degree Options

Students are responsible for submitting original academic documents (e.g. transcripts, language test scores, etc.) with their application for admission, or at a later date.

alexander-college-students-in-biology-lab General Mathematics Computer Science Health-Related Pathways

Frequently Asked Questions

An Associate Degree requires completion of 60-64 credits, depending on the concentration area.

Most courses carry a value of 3 credits, and some courses (e.g. laboratory sciences) carry a value of 4 credits. Most students will take 19 or 20 courses to complete an Associate degree. This assumes that all courses are passed and the program GPA remains 2.0 (C average) or higher.

The average student will complete 30 credits (10 courses) per year, based on taking 3 courses each term (not including summer intensive term). At this rate, most students complete the program requirements in approximately 2 years of study.

The exact duration of the program depends on various factors, e.g. the number of courses taken each term, the grades achieved in the courses, whether extra courses are taken during the summer term, whether the student has any transfer credit, etc.

Yes! Alexander College is a member of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) and we have transfer credit agreements for thousands of courses offered by other institutions in BC.

If you have taken post-secondary coursework at any accredited, degree-granting post-secondary institution in Canada or anywhere in the world, we can evaluate your coursework to determine if any credit from your prior studies can be applied toward your Associate degree.

In addition to the requirement to complete 60 credits in specific subject/program areas, the program also requires a minimum program GPA of 2.0 (C average). This average is calculated based on the grades obtained in all courses which are used to meet requirements of the degree.

On completion of an Associate degree, graduates have several options:

Transfer to Bachelor degree program – many institutions in BC and elsewhere will grant Associate degree holders priority admission and/or block transfer of 60 credits towards a Bachelor degree program.

Entry into the workforce – use the skills you have obtained during your studies in an exciting new career. If you are an international student, you may also be eligible to apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit after graduation.

Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.

Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.