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Nursing: Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN)


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Comox Valley

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  • Length
    4 years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $5,700 (Year One)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,100
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out NIC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is through a selective admission process. 

Application to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the 2022 Fall admissions intake are open from October to December. 

Verify dates and deadlines directly with NIC. 

Not available to international students

Application Fee: $25 (domestic)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade)/ Non-academic
Option A. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
1. High school graduation or equivalent
2. English 12 (C+) or equivalent
3. Math 11 (C+) or equivalent
4. Biology 12 (C+) or equivalent (completed within the last 10 years)
5. Chemistry 11 (C+) or equivalent (completed within the last 10 years)

Note: If you are currently in high school, you must submit interim transcripts and complete the Self-Reporting Grade Form

6. Submitting the CASPer Test result

Option C. Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN) Access to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
1. Completion of a recognized Practical Nursing (PN) program from a reocgnized institution
2. Transcripts as proof of meeting the same academic requirements as Option A applicants.
3. One-year full-time employment (1700-1800 hours) as practicing PN in BC over the past 3 years or equivalent
4. Letter from employer(s) confirming number of hours worked as an LPN over the past 3 years


Admission Advice
1. Once transcripts are received, applicants meeting the minimum program requirements will be provided a portfolio questionnaire. The portfolio may ask for information such as:

  • Personal understanding and experience with leadership.
  • Concepts such as ethics, global health, cultural safety, and critical thinking.
  • Personal experience receiving and utilizing feedback.
  • Perceived success in engaging in a rigorous 4 year degree program.

2. Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is through a selective admission process. Successful applicants are identified through the combined evaluation of GPA (based on program prerequisites) and a portfolio.

3. The number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available. Therefore, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants are required to reapply annually for admission to the program, as applicants are not waitlisted for the following intake. 

4. The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has provided Special Program approval to allow priority admission for a selected number of self-declared Aboriginal applicants to this program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has three designated seats for aboriginal students. 

5. If accepted, you must:

  • Attend a mandatory group information session (normally in June)
  • Hold a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate (FAC-019) which must be taken within 6 months prior to entering the program, or equivalent
  • Provide proof of having completed a Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) (WSF-019) course before the first day of classes
  • Submit a completed immunization form validated by the public health nurse
  • Submit a Criminal Record Check permission form so that NIC can get your Criminal Record Check done.
  • Review the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) approved requisite skills and abilities (RSA) to meet entry-level Registered Nurse competencies

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy NIC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Courses at NIC are taught in English. To be admitted directly into academic programs, you must meet the specific English proficiency requirements for your type of program. 

If you are applying for Undergraduate Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programs at NVIT, you must have completed one of the following:

  • English 12 (C)
  • English First Peoples 12 (C)
  • NIC ESL 092 (C+) and ESL 095 (C+)
  • Academic IELTS = overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5 (note: If you do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing, you will be required to take English 104)
  • TOEFL iBT = 80 overall with no subsection less than 19
  • TOEFL paper-based = 550 (Code 8538)
  • CAEL = 60 overall and writing 60
  • PTE Academic = 54 overall, with no component below 46
  • Equivalency as determined by North Island College Admissions Department

For other type of programs and to verify further details, please click here.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

General Admission - One of:

  • High school graduation
  • Be at least 18 years old within the year you are applying to study
  • If under 18 years old and have not completed high school, NIC's Office of the Registrar may provide an alternative application for you

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program

Program-Specific Requirement - You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for NIC in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

In addition to general admission requirements, you must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for North Island College (NIC) in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

Out-of-Province

In addition to general admission requirements, you must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for North Island College (NIC) in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NIC. Please refer to NIC's Transfer Credit web page. The BC Transfer Guide allows you to check on the transferability of your courses taken at another BC post-secondary institution.

NIC will grant credit for formal learning gained at post-secondary institutions if the course objectives and material are equivalent to courses offered at NIC. Only credits, not grades, are transferred. Transfer credit may be used to meet program admission requirements or program requirements leading to a credential.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must apply for transfer credit and submit official transcripts directly from the sending institution to NIC, along with Application for Transfer Credit Form.  A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NIC. Please refer to NIC's Transfer Credit web page. 

NIC will grant credit for formal learning gained at post-secondary institutions if the course objectives and material are equivalent to courses offered at NIC. Only credits, not grades, are transferred. Transfer credit may be used to meet program admission requirements or program requirements leading to a credential.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must apply for transfer credit and submit official transcripts directly from the sending institution to NIC, along with Application for Transfer Credit Form.  A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

Mature Student

For the purpose of waiving course prerequisite(s) in certain programs at NIC, mature students are defined as students who are at least 23 years old in the calendar year they will be studying and have reasonable potential for success based on previous work experience or other criteria.

Students choosing this option of declaring as a mature student need to meet all of the same academic standards, policies and academic deadline dates as those students who have met the prerequisites.

Students wishing to declare as a mature student for the purpose of waiving prerequisites are strongly encouraged to meet with an educational advisor before registering.

Verify further details directly with NIC. 

 

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

You must normally be at least 18 years old to attend North Island College. If under 18 years old, you may be admitted:
  • if you have secondary school graduation and will turn 18 years old before the end of the first calendar year of your post-secondary studies; or
  • by special request and discussion with an NIC counsellor.

How to Apply

For details on applying to NIC, please check here.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

Follow the links to learn more about these careers on WorkBC's career profiles.