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Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Prince George

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  • Length
    Third and Fourth years of a 4-year degree
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $191.88 per credit hour
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1,600 (Year One)
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

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

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January for September entry. 

Verify with the institution for specific dates. 

Application Fee: $35.70 (domestic students); $125 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

1. At least a 3.0 ('B') grade point average calculated on the most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study

2. All of:
a) Must be completed within 5 years prior to admission

  • 6 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology (B-) (HHSC 111-4 and HHSC 112-4 are recommended; must include a lab component)
  • 3 credits of Microbiology (B-) (HHSC 110-3 is recommended)
  • 3 credits of Statistics (B-) (STAT 240-3 is recommended)
b) Must be completed within 10 years prior to admission
  • 3 credits of Social Sciences (B-) (ANTH 213-3 is recommended)
  • 3 credits of English (B-) (ENGL 100-3 is recommended) 
  • 3 credits of Indigenous Studies (B-) (FNST 302-3 is recommended) 
  • 3 credits of Psychology (B-) (PSYC 101 is recommended) 

3. Completion of at least 24 credits at the 2nd-year level or above (i.e. 200 level or above)

Non-Academic

  • Personal statement/letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Rural and Remote Suitability Index Questionnaire
  • Two reference letters
  • CASPer assessment (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) 
  • criminal record search (upon acceptance into the program)
  • CPR-C - Health Care Provider certificate (upon acceptance into the program)
  • record of immunization status (upon acceptance into the program)
  • N95 mask fitting test

Admission Advice

1. If your first language is not English, regardless of citizenship  or country of origin, you must submit the following evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission::

  • BC Secondary School English 12 or equivalent (70%); and
  • either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic, or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) for the year of admission

2. If you would like to apply to the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NBNP) under the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Access option (see details by scrolling down to find the appropriate admission requirements), the following is required: 

  • meet all all Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NBNP)'s admission requirements
  • be graduates of Practical Nursing program recognized by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)  since 1994;
  • have current practicing registration or be eligible for practicing registration with the BCCNM.

Note: LPN applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be eligible for a maximum of 15 transfer credits towards the NBNP program. 

3. UNBC grants priority admission to students who meet admission criteria and apply by the deadline of January 15th. The University may review applications received after the deadline based on available space in the program. 

4. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to this Program. Admission to the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NBNP) is a competitive, criteria-weighted process consisting of the following parts:

  • Academic standing, including prerequisite courses
  • Rural Remote and Suitability Index score
  • CASPer Score
  • Supplemental application score

5. The UNBC School of Nursing considers all applicants who complete the application process and meet the minimum requirements; however, preference is given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Fifty percent (50%) of seats in this Program are allocated to applicants who complete at least 15 credits of undergraduate study at Northern Lights College (within 10 years prior to the semester of admission). A further twenty-five percent (25%) of seats are allocated to self-identified Indigenous applicants. If the allocated seats listed above are not filled, UNBC offers the remaining seats to other qualified applicants.

6. Visit UNBC program website to see detailed requirements, including information on steps to apply


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, regardless of your citizenship or country of origin, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission in one of the following ways (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission (i.e. within two years of application)
  • Completed high school education taught entirely in English at a recognized institution
  • Completed two full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English 12 (50%) or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • An university transferable English course (B or 75%)
  • TOEFL internet-based = overall score of 90, with no sub-score less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • TOEFL computer-based = overall score of 230
  • TOEFL paper-based = overall score of 570
  • IELTS Academic = overall score of 6.5, with no subsection below 6.0
  • UNBC English Language Studies 50 (C) and English Language Studies 170 (final grade of 'C')
  • An articulated BCCAT English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 4 program (final grade of 'C')
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition (final grade of 2)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition (final grade of 2)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level) (final grade of 3)
  • MELAB = overall score of 80, with at least 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment = overall score of 70, with no subsection below 60
  • Cambridge English Qualification C1 Advanced (B)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) = overall score of 65, with at least 60 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking 

Note:
1. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from English language requirement for admission. 

2. Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP) has different English proficiency requirements. 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Non-Competitive Entry Programs
Meeting the program-specific admission requirements and the minimum average needed to apply guarantees admission to non-competitive entry program. The admission average is calculated using:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12 or equivalent
  • the next three highest academic Grade 12 courses
  • an additional Grade 12 course (which can be elective or academic) 

Competitive Entry Programs
Meeting the minimum average and course requirements for a competitive entry program does not guarantee admission, as space is limited in each program. A competitive average is established yearly based on that year’s applicant pool. Students above the established average may be offered early provisional admission. After the application deadline, students are admitted on a rolling basis as seats are accepted or declined. Deadlines may be extended based on capacity.

The program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates, including a list of approved BC high school courses in pdf, can be found here.

Out-of-Province

Program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces, including high school course equivalencies for admission, are found here.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UNBC. Use BC Transfer Guide to check course transferability/equivalency of courses completed in BC.

To be considered a transfer student, you need at least15 credit hours of acceptable university-level coursework from a recognized post-secondary institution. For admission, at least a grade point average (GPA) of UNBC 2.0 (63%) calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of university-level coursework is required. GPA is calculated on the coursework completed for students with less than 30 credit hours but equal to or more than 15 credit hours.

Please refer to UNBC's Transfer Credit web page for details.

 

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 UNBC.

To be considered a transfer student, you need at least15 credit hours of acceptable university-level coursework from a recognized post-secondary institution. For admission, at least a grade point average (GPA) of UNBC 2.0 (63%) calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of university-level coursework is required. GPA is calculated on the coursework completed for students with less than 30 credit hours but equal to or more than 15 credit hours.

Please refer to UNBC's Transfer Credit web page for details.

Mature Student

UNBC welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate academic potential but does not meet the requirements of the regular admissions routes. For more information on Mature Student admission, please check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Information for other Admission Categories is found here.

These categories include:

  • Mature Student Entry
  • Interest Only (ie-taking courses for credit but not a credential)
  • Special Entry
  • Audit Only (ie-taking courses but not for credit)
  • Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student
  • Dual High School/University Credit

How to Apply

Click here for more details on How to Apply for admission to UNBC.

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