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Nursing: Bachelor of Science Degree (BScN) Advanced Entry Program


Intake
  • Winter

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    January
  • Campuses
    Broadway

    Resources

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    2 years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $12,300 (Total)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,000 (Total)
  • Credential Granted
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • University Course Transfer
  • 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 VCC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

International students may refer to the VCC International page for details on admission deadlines. 

Application Fee: $35

1) Program Admission Requirements

Entry into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

Academic (minimum grade in bracket)

1. Completion of a Practical Nursing Program or equivalent (transcripts required), including 18 credits of university transferable courses as the following:

a) English

One of:

  • VCC ENGL 1100 (C+) and 1200 (C+)
  • VCC ENGL 1101 (C+) and 1102 (C+)

b) Biology (in the last 5 years)

  • VCC BIOL 1120 and 1220 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (C+)
  • equivalent courses

c) 6 credits of courses in one of the following humanities and social sciences (C+)

2. English language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Three years of full-time, face-to-face high school or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as an Additional Language courses are not included in the calculation.
  • Academic IELTS (at least 7.0 overall, and Speaking (7.0), Listening (7.5), Reading (6.5) Writing (7.0))
  • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses) with Speaking (8.0), Listening (10.0), Reading (8.0), Writing (7.0). You can only use CELBAN scores if you studied nursing in a country other than Canada.

3. Math

One of: 

  • VCC Health Sciences Math Assessment (80% overall and 80% in the applications section)
4. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to successfully complete four (4) Bridging LPN to BScN courses:
  • NURS 1357, NURS 1399, NURS 1358 and NURS 1359
  • Note: NURS 1399 must be successfully completed before starting NURS 1358 & NURS 1359
  • Note: These pre-requisite courses are offered together in one year and must be successfully completed within two years

Non-Academic

  • Be a registered Licensed Practical Nurse (holding a current BC practicing license)
  • 6 months or 900 hours worked to the full scope of Licensed Practicial Nurse practice within the last five years, verified by a letter from your employers
  • Submission of a CASPer Test score. CASPer Test scores are only valid for one admission cycle
  • The following will be required upon acceptance into the program:
    • a successful Criminal Record Check (CRC) (you are responsible for the cost of the CRC)
    • a current CPR-C certificate
    • be properly fitted for an N95 respiratory mask
    • a negative TB test or chest x-ray
    • immunizations in the following are strongly recommended and may be required for practicum placements:
      • Pertussis/Diphtheria/Tetanus
      • Polio
      • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
      • Varicella (Chickenpox)
      • Hepatitis B
      • Influenza

Admission Advice

1. Information about equivalency of courses taken in BC post-secondary schools can be found at BC Transfer Guide.  

2. If your educational documents are not from a Canadian or American institution, you must complete a comprehensive evaluation of education from International Credential Education Service (ICES) in addition to the above admissions requirements.

3. It is recommended that you have:

  • a caring attitude;
  • a sincere interest in people of all ages who require all levels of care. This includes individuals who are: mentally or physically disabled, experiencing life threatening situations, confused or requiring rehabilitation;
  • basic computer skills; email, word processing, use of search engines and simple web-based programs (a personal computer is required)
  • good manual dexterity;
  • flexibility to adjust to early morning, evening, or weekend practicum shifts, to a variety of clinical settings and locations within the Metro Vancouver area (a vehicle may be required)

4. For information about being a registered nurse, please review: Becoming a Registered Nurse in BC: Requisite Skills and Abilities BCCNM - RN Requisite skills and abilities.

5. Clinical facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations, satisfactory serum titers and TB screening.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate the appropriate level of English language proficiency to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. 

Option A: 
If you have completed three years of full-time high school or post-secondary education an a recognized Canadian institution where English is the language of instruction, the following is required:
Duolingo English test = at least 120 overall. 

OR 

Option B. 
If you have not completed three years of full-time high school or post-secondary education at an accredited Canadian institution where English is the language of instruction, one of the following is required:

  • TOEFL iBT, Internet-based = at least 91 overall, with Speaking 23, Writing 25, Reading 22, Listening 21
  • IELTS Academic = 7.0 overall, with Speaking 7, Writing 7, Reading 6.5, Listening 7.5

Note: the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) and the College of Pharmacists of BC only accepts the TOEFL and IELTS as proof of English Language Proficiency for students in this category. 


Be sure to check your program admissions requirements for the level of English required. Requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC.

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

There are three types of requirements that applicants to VCC need to meet:

  • General requirements (completion of high school or be at least 16 years of age)
  • English language proficiency requirements
  • Program requirements (detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC)
Verify information directly with VCC.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program of study at VCC. Program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC)

Verify information directly with VCC.

 

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program of study at VCC. Program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC)

Verify information directly with VCC.

 

BC Transfer Student

Students transferring between post-secondary institutions in BC may refer to the BC Transfer Guide to search course transferability.

If you have completed some post-secondary education at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at VCC. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process by submitting a formal request (an Approval for Transfer Credit form) to Registrar's Office attaching all required documents. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary education at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at VCC. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process by submitting a formal request (an Approval for Transfer Credit form) to Registrar's Office attaching all required documents. 

Mature Student

You must be at least 18 years old (unless you have graduated from Secondary School) to meet the general admission requirement for VCC. In addition, specific program admission requirements must also be met.

Special Note: The admission requirements for all VCC programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

International Student

VCC International provides helpful information for International Students. It includes information on admission requirements, application procedures and much more.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Not Applicable

How to Apply

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