Unbc Nursing Admissions Essays

Degree Groups

Arts
(leading to the Bachelor of Arts)
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology Honours
  • Anthropology/Geography
  • Economics
  • Economics/International Studies
  • English
  • English/Environmental Studies
  • English/History
  • English/Political Science
  • English/Women's Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • First Nations Studies
  • First Nations Studies/Women's Studies
  • General Arts
  • Geography (BA)
  • History
  • History Honours
  • History/Political Science
  • History/Women's Studies
  • International Studies
  • International Studies Honours
  • International Studies/Political Science
  • Nature-Based Tourism Management
  • Northern Studies
  • Political Science
  • Political Science/Women's Studies
  • Public Administration and Community Development
  • Women's Studies
Science
(leading to the Bachelor of Science
or Bachelor of Planning)
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Computer Science
  • Chemistry/Mathematics
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Computer Science/Physics
  • Economics/Mathematics
  • Environmental Planning (BPl)
    • First Nations Planning
    • Natural Resources Planning
    • Northern and Rural Community Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science Honours
  • Geography (BSc)
  • (Integrated) Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Natural Resources Management
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Forest Ecology and Management Honours
    • Outdoor Recreation and Conservation
    • Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Honours
Business Administration
(leading to the Bachelor of Commerce)
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
First Entry Professional  Programs
(leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
  • Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (application is through The College of New Caledonia or Northwest Community College)

Competitive Entry Programs 

  • Environmental Engineering (BASc)
  • Fine Arts and Creative Writing (BFA)
  • Health Sciences (BHSc)
    • Biomedical Studies
    • Community and Population Health -- Aboriginal and Rural Health
    • Community and Population Health -- Environmental Health

Note:  Table excludes second-entry professional programs (Education, Social Work) as well as Diploma and Certificate programs.

Admission Requirements by Degree Groups

Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of CommerceBachelor of Planning
& Bachelor of Science
English 12 or English First Peoples 12**

English 12 or English First Peoples 12**

English 12 or English First Peoples 12**English 12 or English First Peoples 12**

Portfolio 

Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*

Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*

Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*

Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes

Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*

Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes 

A fifth Grade 12 course***

A fifth Grade 12 course***

A fifth Grade 12 course***A fifth Grade 12 course***
Minimum admission average 65%

Minimum admission average 67%  

Minimum admission average 65%Minimum admission average 65%
Nursing*****
see program regulations

Bachelor of Health Sciences 

see program regulations

Environmental Engineering
see program regulations

English 12 or English First Peoples 12 (67% minimum) English 12 or English First Peoples 12 (70% minimum)English 12 or English First Peoples 12

Foundations of Mathematics 11 or

Pre-calculus 11 or

Principles of Mathematics 11 (67% minimum)

Chemistry 11 or equivalent (67% minimum) 

Pre-calculus 11 or Principles of Mathematics 11 (70% minimum)

Chemistry 11 or equivalent

(70% minimum)

Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12

Biology 12 (73% minimum) within 5 years prior to the semester of admission to the NCBNP

Two other approved* Grade 12 courses

Biology 12 (70% minimum)

Two other approved* Grade 12 Courses


Biomedical Studies†

see program regulations

Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes

Two provincially examinable Science 12 courses:

Chemistry 12
Physics 12 (recommended)


Chemistry 11
see program regulations

A fifth Grade 12 course***A fifth Grade 12 course***A fifth Grade 12 course***
Minimum admission average 67%Minimum admission average 70%Minimum admission average 75%

* Approved Grade 12 Courses: Applications of Mathematics, BC First Nations Studies, Biology, Business/Hospitality Management, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Civilizations, Economics, English Literature, Français, Français Langue Seconde-Immersion, French, German, Geography, Geology, History, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mandarin, Math Foundations, Middle Earth 12, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Mathematics, Punjabi, Social Justice, Spanish, Sustainable Resources, Technical and Professional Communications, Writing.

Approved Advanced Placement Courses:  AP Biology (General), AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A or AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP History of Art, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B and/or Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP US Government & Politics, AP World History.

Approved International Baccalaureate Courses:  IB Biology, IB Business Management, IB Chemistry, IB Computer Science, IB Economics, IB English Language A, IB Environmental Systems, IB French Language A and/or French Language B, IB Geography, IB German, IB Greek, IB History, IB History - Asian, IB History - European, IB History and Culture of the Islamic World, IB Latin, IB Mathematics, IB Further Mathematics, IB Music, IB Philosophy, IB Physics, IB Psychology, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, IB Spanish A and/or Spanish B.

** Approved AP and IB (all standard level and higher level) courses can be used in place of any approved Grade 12 Canadian high school course.

*** A fifth Grade 12 Course: Any other of the approved Grade 12 courses, and also any Grade 12 course taught in the secondary school including locally-developed courses:  e.g. (First Nations Languages), career preparation courses (Construction 12, etc.), or others (Art 12, Band 12, Information Technology 12, Communications 12, CAPP 12, etc.) or any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.

**** Admission Average: For all provinces the best grade for each required course will be used (either the course mark or the course mark blended with the provincial exam).

*****Nursing: UNBC's partner institutions, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and Northwest Community College (NWCC) are processing admissions to the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  If you wish to apply to our Prince George or Quesnel campuses, please apply through CNC:  www.cnc.bc.ca; if you wish to apply to our Terrace campus, please apply through NWCC: www.nwcc.bc.ca

† Students interested in pursuing the BHSc Biomedical Studies Major are strongly encouraged to take Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12, and Chemistry 12 before entering the Program.

Admission Average:  For all provinces the best grade for each required course will be used (either the course mark or the course mark blended with the provincial exam)

Note:  Table excludes entry to upper-division (Social Work) or post-baccalaureate (Education) professional programs.



Admission Requirements for Applicants from BC and Yukon High Schools

Successful completion of an approved grade 12 program leading to graduation with an acceptable BC/Yukon high school average calculated on the basis of the five best grade 12 courses from the above list, for the Degree Group in the Admission Requirements by Degree Group Table above or First Entry Professional Program of your choice (see also “Special Entry”).

Special Early Provisional Admission

Students registered in grade 12 at a BC high school who are planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are encouraged to apply for Special Early Admission no later than the end of February. A decision will be made based on the student's self-declared Grade 11 and 12 grades and, no later than the end of February, a provisional offer of admission will normally be made to all applicants who meet or exceed the minimum grade point average and course requirements. The conditions associated with special early provisional admission are that the applicant's academic average remain at or above the minimum, that all required courses are successfully completed, and that graduation requirements are satisfied. These conditions will be checked in August upon receipt of the final marks from the Ministry of Education.

The University reserves the right to withdraw a provisional offer of admission if the above conditions are not met.

Early Provisional Admission from a BC High School

Students registered in grade 12 at a BC high school who are planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are advised to apply for Early Admission (currently before the end of February). A provisional decision will be made based on the student's current grades and a provisional offer of admission will be made to applicants who are considered exceptional. The conditions associated with early provisional admission are that the applicant's academic average remain at or above the minimum, that all required courses are successfully completed, and that graduation requirements are satisfied. These conditions will be checked in August upon receipt of the final marks from the Ministry of Education. Where a student does not satisfy the three conditions, the University reserves the right to withdraw the provisional offer of admission.

BC High School Transcripts

Applicants who are required to submit official BC High School transcripts should contact the BC Ministry of Education:

Ministry of Education - Transcripts

PO Box 9886 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC V8W 9T6
General Information Telephone: (250) 356-7270

or

visit the Ministry of Education website:  www.bced.gov.bc.ca/transcript

Headstart Entry from a BC High School

Outstanding students who have completed BC grade 11, can demonstrate an exceptional academic record, and can provide evidence of above average maturity may apply for admission to UNBC. In many cases this may mean concurrently registering in one or two first-year introductory UNBC courses while completing grade 12. However, in exceptional cases, these applicants may be admitted to study as a full-time first-year student at UNBC.

To apply for Headstart entry, the application must be accompanied by an autobiographical letter indicating the applicant's areas of interest and reasons for wishing to attend UNBC, along with letters of recommendation from the high school principal and at least one teacher or counsellor from the school, and a complete high school transcript. Questions and correspondence should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Dual High School/University Credit

High school students in grade 12 who are in good standing, and have the recommendation from their principal or guidance counsellor, may enroll with UNBC in order to earn credits that can be used jointly as elective credits towards high school graduation and as first-year university credit towards a degree. This program is designed to allow high school students the opportunity to gain first hand experience in a university-level course while at the same time earning credits towards their high school diploma. High school students who successfully complete a course(s) can also apply the credits earned towards their future university degree. The courses offered to high school students will be first-year UNBC courses. In order to qualify for dual credit, the British Columbia Ministry of Education requires that the course be approved by the student’s home high school before the student registers for the course.

High school students wishing to take a UNBC course to obtain Dual Credit must be in grade 12 and must be in good academic standing at the time of application. In addition, students must obtain the signature of their principal (or guidance counsellor) and a parent or guardian (if
under 18 years old) indicating that they are capable of successfully completing a university-level course.

While students may take up to three courses from UNBC for Dual Credit, they may only take one course at a time. Upon completion of the course, a transcript will be mailed to the student and to the high school. It should be noted that successful completion of a Dual High School/University Credit course does not guarantee future admission to UNBC.


International Baccalaureate

Students who are awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit upon receipt of the official transcript from the International Baccalaureate headquarters. Students who are awarded the diploma must have an overall standing of four, with no course below a three. Diploma students are required to present three Higher level subjects and three Subsidiary level subjects in order to be eligible for transfer credits.

Students who are awarded the International Baccalaureate Certificate must have a grade of four in each Higher level subject to be eligible for individual course transfer credit. Subsidiary level subjects are not eligible for transfer credit on a certificate program.

A list of acceptable IB courses is available in the BC Transfer Guide (available online at http://www.bccat.ca/), or visit our Admission Requirements by Degree Groups table above.

Advanced Placement

Students who take the College Board Advanced Placement courses in high school may be awarded transfer credit upon receipt of the official exam results from the College Board. Courses completed with a grade of four or above will be awarded transfer credit. Students who have completed AP courses with a grade of three may be considered for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing allows a student to register in a higher level course without the required prerequisite. However, as credit is not awarded advanced standing will not reduce the number of credits that a student must accumulate to obtain a UNBC degree. As a result a student must make up this credit by completing another course to be used towards their degree requirements. A listing of acceptable AP courses for transfer credit is available on the BC Transfer Guide's website at  www.bctransferguide.ca/guides/ap).

British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, and have successfully completed the BC Adult Graduation Diploma and the appropriate entrance requirements for Degree Group at the Grade 12 level with an overall average of 65% or better. Applicants in this category are not required to complete a fifth grade 12 course as noted in the Admission Requirements by Degree Group table above.  




Admission from Secondary Schools and CEGEP in Other Canadian Provinces

Alberta, the Northwest Territoriesand Nunavut

Successful completion of an academic grade 12 program that leads to graduation and includes at least five courses with an overall 65% average selected from:
  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • at least three additional courses selected from the following: Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot  Language and Culture 30, Chemistry 30, Chinese Language and Culture 30, Cree 30, Cree Language and Culture 30, English 35, Experiential Science 30, Français 30-1 or 30-2, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, German 30/30S, German 31, German Language and Culture 30, German Language Arts 30, Gonawo K'e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian Language and Culture 30, Japanese Language and Culture 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Mathematics 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2, South Slavey 35, Spanish Language and Culture 30, Ukrainian Language and Culture 30/30S, Ukrainian Language Arts 30
  • additional level 30 or level 31 courses necessary for the successful completion of grade 12. The fifth course subject must be distinct from the four academic courses (e.g., English Language Arts 30-1 and English Language Arts 30-2 cannot both be used).
Saskatchewan
Successful completion of an academic level three (grade 12) program that leads to graduation and includes at least seven academic courses with an overall 65% average (five of which are at the 30 level) selected from:
  • English A30 and B30
  • Math A30, or B30, or C30 or Precalculus 30
  • at least three additional courses numbered 30 selected from the following subjects: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science 30, Economics 30, Français A30 or B30, French 30, Geography 30, Geology 30, German 30, History 30, Latin 30, Law 30, Mandarin 30, Mathematics 30, Native Studies 30, Physics 30, Psychology 30, Social Studies 30, Spanish 30, Ukrainian 30, Ukrainian Language Arts 30
  • additional acceptable courses necessary to graduate
Manitoba

Successful completion of an academic Sr 4 level (grade 12) program that leads to graduation and includes at least five courses with an overall average of 65% selected from:
  • English 40S (One of Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus)
  • three or more of the additional courses should be selected from the following: Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S, Français 40S, Geography 40S, History 40S, Language 40S, Law 40S, Mathematics 40S, Native Canadian Languages 40S, Physics 40S, Pre Calculus 40S, Social Science 40S/World Issues 40S, Western Civilization 40S
  • one additional course from above or another area at the 40A (advanced), 40G (general), or 40S (specialized) level and any further work necessary to graduate
Ontario

Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including five grade 12 U or 4U/4M courses with an overall 65% average including:
  • English 4U
  • four additional 4U/4M courses
All high school courses applied as prerequisites for UNBC courses must be drawn from the “University” designation. Not more than one course proposed for admission may be drawn from the “Arts” category.

Quebec

Successful completion of at least 12 acceptable university preparatory CEGEP courses with a minimum overall average of 70%, selected from:
  • at least two pre-university English courses
  • 10 additional pre-university courses deemed appropriate for entry into the academic program of choice
Students who complete more than 12 pre-university CEGEP courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each course may receive up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit.

Quebec Grade 12

Applicants who successfully complete a Quebec grade 12 program with an overall 65% average must present:
  • English
  • at least three additional university preparatory courses selected from Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Literature, Social Sciences, History, Geography
  • additional academic subjects required for graduation
New Brunswick

Successful completion of an academic (college preparatory) program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including at least six courses from:
  • English 121 or 122
  • at least three additional grade 12 academic courses coded 120/121/122 selected from Advanced Mathematics, Atlantic Literature, Biology, Calculus, Canadian Literature, Chemistry, Computer Education, Economics, Environmental Studies, Français, French, Geography, Geology, History, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Writing, World Issues
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Prince Edward Island

Successful completion of an academic or advanced academic program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including:
  • English 611 or 621
  • at least three additional courses numbered 611 or 621 selected from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Economics, Exploring Civilizations, Français, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, other languages, Physics, Political Science, Sociology
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Nova Scotia

Successful completion of an academic program (university preparatory) that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including at least five subjects from:
  • English 12, or English 12: African Heritage
  • at least two courses numbered 12 selected from Biology, Canadian Literature, Chemistry, French, Gaelic, Geography, German, Global History, Latin, Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Pre-Calculus Mathematics, other languages, Physics, Spanish
  • additional 12 courses from above or from Comparative Religion, Computer Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Food Science, Global Geography, Geology, Law, Modern World Problems, Music, Political Science, Sociology or Statistics
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Newfoundland and Labrador

Successful completion of an academic program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average, and including at least 13 credits selected from:
  • English 3201 or completion of the former Language 3101 and either Thematic Literature 3201 or Literary Heritage 3202
  • Mathematics 3200, 3201, 3204 or 3205
  • at least one of Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, Physics 3204, Earth Systems 3209
  • at least one of Advanced Writing 3103, Computer Technology 3200, Environmental Science 3205, Global Issues 3205, World Literature 3216, World Religions 3101/3106 or Geography, History or languages at the 3000 level
  • at least two additional credits at the 3000 level
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate

Sylvia Barton, Associate Professor and Chair
Martha MacLeod, Professor
Davina Banner-Lukaris, Associate Professor
Zimmer Lela Associate Professor
Caroline Sanders, Associate Professor
Shannon Freeman, Assistant Professor
Amy Klepetar, Assistant Professor
Catharine Schiller, Assistant Professor
Linda Van Pelt, Assistant Professor
Erin Wilson, Assistant Professor
Penny Anguish, Adjunct Professor
Jennifer Beaveridge, Adjunct Professor
Helen Bourque, Adjunct Professor
Anne Chisholm, Adjunct Professor
Gerrit Clements, Adjunct Professor
Tracey Day, Adjunct Professor
Heidi Dunbar, Adjunct Professor
Celia Evanson, Adjunct Professor
Rosemary Graham, Adjunct Professor
Monica Gregory, Adjunct Professor
Kelly Gunn, Adjunct Professor
Lauren Irving, Adjunct Professor
Connie-Marie Lapadat, Adjunct Professor
Rose Perrin, Adjunct Professor
Colleen Regehr, Adjunct Professor
Shanda Rojas, Adjunct Professor
Ann Syme, Adjunct Professor
Denise Tarlier, Adjunct Professor
Cathy Ulrich, Adjunct Professor
Clara Antoniazzi, Senior Lab Instructor and Nursing Teaching Associate
Heidi Dodenberg, Senior Lab Instructor
Ngoc Huynh, Senior Lab Instructor
Gwen Keeler, Senior Lab Instructor


Website:http://www.unbc.ca/nursing


Statement of Nursing

Nursing is a professional practice discipline which offers a valuable service to the public by working with individuals, families, groups, and communities, to develop and implement strategies to meet health care needs. Caring is a central and dominant feature of Nursing.

Nursing:
  1. considers the physical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual domains of clients;
  2. requires cultural sensitivity; and,
  3. collaborates with clients, other health care providers, and the community.
Nursing is based on knowledge and skills developed in its own and related disciplines. Nursing knowledge is developed through research and other methods.
Nursing advocates for a health care system that:
  1. emphasizes health promotion, and illness prevention,
  2. is based on practical, affordable, manageable, and culturally acceptable care and technology, and
  3. is available for all clients in a universal, equitable manner.
Statement of Nursing Education

Nursing education responds to societal concerns by developing a curriculum that is relevant and considers future trends in health care. Nursing education strives to provide an environment that is challenging and supportive, where all students learn the practice of nursing through the application and evaluation of knowledge, the practise of skills, and the internalization of caring and professional attitudes. A dynamic and positive relationship occurs between health care services and education through the sharing of knowledge, skills, and research.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

UNBC offers the following programs:
  • Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program(NCBNP) is offered collaboratively between UNBC, the College of New Caledonia (CNC), and Northwest Community College (NWCC), providing  entry into the nursing profession. The integrated program of studies leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), awarded by UNBC. Graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination  (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) after passing the exam.
  • Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program for registered nurses is offered by UNBC. Acknowledging the previous learning of post-RNs, the program is organized to expand and update knowledge and skills for nursing practice. Students have the opportunity to focus in one area of practice. Successful completion of the program leads to a BScN.
Aims of the BScN Program

The goal of the BScN program is to improve access to and successful completion of nursing education for residents of the north. The aim of the School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses who will:
  • practise with cultural sensitivity
  • practise with awareness of particular health needs of northern populations
  • practise assessment and promotion of holistic health with individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • participate in activities that reflect the appraisal of population health needs and implement and evaluate the appropriate interventions to meet those needs
  • make nursing judgments that reflect application of current nursing research and research from related disciplines
  • practice in a broad range of settings with an emphasis on northern communities
  • influence health services to bring about policy development that meets the health needs of northern populations
  • practice effectively within collaborative interdisciplinary and intersectorial health care teams
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and effective clinical decision making
  • demonstrate skills of a self-directed learner
  • meet professional practice requirements as identified in the CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • NCBNP students will meet professional practice requirements as identified in the current CRNBC Competencies in Context of Entry-level RN Practice in BC
General Requirements

Nursing courses are normally restricted to students admitted into the BScN program, unless otherwise specified in a course description. Not all courses in the Calendar are offered every semester or academic year. Admission to the BScN program does not guarantee registration in any specific course; early registration is advised.

The admission criteria and general requirements set out in the Admissions section of this Calendar are applicable to this section.

Standards of Professional Conduct

In addition to all University and Program expectations, all students are expected to abide by professional standards as set forth in the current CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Violation of professional standards may result in suspension or dismissal from the program or the educational institution.

College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia Requisite Skills and Abilities


All students who apply to the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program must demonstrate the capacity to meet College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia's (CRNBC) Requisite Skills and Abilities. Certain basic skills aand abilities are required for a stufent to attain the Competencies in the Context of Entry -Level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia. These Requisite Skills and Abilities can be found on the CRNBC website.  


Clinical Practica Scheduling and Expectations

Clinical practica may be configured and offered outside the existing timetable structure and sessional dates, such as a four or six week block. The students in the NCBNP must complete a consolidating nursing practicum following both their fourth and sixth semesters of study in the program.

Attendance in each clinical course is mandatory. Students who do not complete their total required practicum experience hours will be at risk of failure. Any time a student is unable to attend practicum due to unforeseen circumstances, the student must contact his/her clinical instructor and the clinical area with as much notice as possible. The opportunity to make up missed clinical time is not guaranteed and may only be granted for extreme extenuating circumstances.


Program Costs

Costs associated with study in the BScN programs are the responsibility of the individual student, including transportation costs and any expenses involved in academic studies, lab, and clinical practica.  Students may be required to complete clinical experiences at sites other than Prince George, Quesnel, or Terrace.  Provision for all travel, accommodation, and living expenses associated with required clinical practice is the sole responsibility of the student.

Academic Performance

Students must adhere to all policies and regulations of the institution(s) where they are registered for courses. This requirement includes, but is not limited to, matters related to academic appeals and academic dishonesty.  Progression through the program is governed by guidelines on academic standing and continuance.  Probation guidelines are governed by UNBC. 

Students must obtain the minimum passing grade for all required Nursing and Health Sciences (NURS, HHSC, or equivalent) courses as defined under “Qualification for Degree.” 

Students are required to withdraw from their respective Nursing programs if they have two instances of not meeting the minimum passing grade requirement either in the same Year or in two consecutive Years, in any combination of the following:

  • NURS theory and/or practice courses
  • required HHSC courses
  • equivalents of the above

A 'Year' is comprised of all the mandatory NURS and HHSC (or equivalent) courses in a given Level (e.g. Year 1 includes all 100-level courses listed under the Lower-Division requirements in the Calendar) regardless of how long it takes the student to complete the courses. Students who are required to withdraw in Year 1 or 2 may reapply to the NCBNP after a minimum of 1 year.  Those required to withdraw in Year 3 or 4 (including RNCP and Post-Diploma students) may reapply after 3 years.  For NCBNP students, assessments are performed on an individual basis by a joint committee of the UNBC School of Nursing, NWCC, and CNC with no guarantee of readmission.  Students who are readmitted must begin the Program at Year 1 and repeat all NURS and HHSC (or equivalent) courses.  Any reapplications to the RNCP and Post-Diploma are assessed by the UNBC School of Nursing. 

Students may be removed from a clinical setting due to “unsafe or unprofessional” performance/conduct, and may receive a grade of “F” in the clinical component of the course. When a student receives a grade of F for the clinical component of a course, the overall course grade will be computed on the basis of the grade achieved in all other components of the course, to a maximum grade of C-.

Students who withdraw from more than one NURS and/or HHSC course (or equivalent) in an academic year will be required to meet with the Program Coordinator at the institution they are currently attending to discuss whether the student is suited to continue in the program.  Consultation must occur with and permission be granted by the Program Coordinator before the student will be allowed to register in subsequent courses.

Misconduct

Any conduct that violates the ethical or legal standards of the institution at which the student is currently registered, particularly those related to academic dishonesty, is a serious offense.  Academic misconduct and/or professional misconduct may result in the student being required to withdraw from the respective Nursing program and possibly the University.  Satisfactory academic performance is not the sole criterion for progression or graduation.  The School of Nursing and the NCBNP institutional partners reserve the right to require a student to withdraw from the student’s respective program if the student is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of nursing.  


Qualification for Degree

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her degree requirements are met. Graduation requirements are found in the Regulations and Policies section of this Calendar. To fulfill the requirements of graduation, the student must:
  • attain a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.33 (C+) on all courses used for credit towards the degree or certificate
  • attain a minimum passing grade of P in NURS 220-5, NURS 329-1and NURS 330-4
  • obtain a minimum passing grade of 2.00 (C) in the following courses, or their equivalents, as applicable to the specific program. Note: Students enrolling in any required course must have completed all prerequisites with a grade of (C) or better, or if NURS 220-5, NURS 329-1 or NURS 330-4 is the prerequisite, a passing grade of P is required:
  • complete all requirements for the appropriate program as follows:
    • NCBNP BScN within eight years, starting with the first semester of registration in a NURS course in the NCBNP at UNBC or one of its collaborative partner institutions
    • Post-Diploma BScN within eight years, starting with the first semester of registration in a NURS course in the Post-Diploma BScN at UNBC
    • Certificate program within six years, starting with the first semester of registration in a NURS course in the Certificate program at UNBC

Letter of Permission

Once admitted to the School of Nursing, students who want to take course work at other institutions for transfer credit towards the degree require a Letter of Permission prior to registration in the course. A student who has committed an academic offense may be denied a Letter of Permission for subsequent coursework. Students who complete courses without having first obtained a Letter of Permission risk not having those courses accepted for transfer credit. Students should contact the Nursing Advisor at the institution they are currently attending for further information. (Refer to Academic Regulation #17 in this Calendar).

Course Challenge

Course challenge is available for up to six credits of the required nursing courses in the Post-diploma Baccalaureate Nursing program. Up to six credits of course challenge may be applied towards the degree if less than nine credit hours of nursing courses have been transferred in. Only three credits of course challenge can apply towards the degree if the maximum of nine credit hours in nursing have been transferred in.

Part-time Studies

With prior approval by the Nursing Advisor at the institution the student is applying to or currently attending, and subject to course availability, undergraduate Nursing programs may be taken on a part-time basis; however, students may be required to enrol full-time during a portion of their program.


Leave of Absence

Students wanting to take a Leave of Absence must apply, in writing, to the Nursing Advisor at the institution that the student is currently attending. Upon approval, students are eligible for up to a one year Leave of Absence. Students who do not apply for a Leave of Absence will be considered to be out-of-sequence and will lose their priority for registration.

Time Lapse Between Clinical Practica

Students who are out of clinical practice in a Nursing education program for more than 18 months will be assessed to determine what clinical practice remediation is needed. This may include repeating clinical courses taken previously, regardless of whether the student successfully completed the course.

Students reapplying to the program after a leave of over 18 months will need to be re-evaluated as to the level at which they will need to re-enter the program.


Withdrawal from the School of Nursing

Students who voluntarily withdraw from the School of Nursing must notify, in writing, the Nursing Advisor at the institution that the student is currently attending. Where students fail to notify the Nursing Advisor, the Nursing Advisor will deem a student to have voluntarily withdrawn from the School of Nursing where the student has not registered in Nursing courses in any of the last three semesters.

Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program

The Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP) requires students to take at least 95 credit hours of Nursing courses.  The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is 136 credit hours.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit and/or advanced standing may be awarded for course work completed at other recognized institutions. All transfer credit for course work taken prior to admission to the BScN program will be evaluated at the request of the student, and applied at the time of initial registration in the program.

The total transfer credit awarded on the basis of acceptable course work completed at non-collaborative partner institutions may not exceed 60 credit hours. Nursing courses must have been completed within five years prior to admission to be eligible for transfer credit into the School of Nursing.

Criminal Records Search

Students will be required to undergo a criminal records search prior to being admitted. (Refer to Academic Regulation 20 in this Calendar). 

Immunization and CPR Certification

All students accepted into the NCBNP are sent documentation and information regarding immunization policies. Once accepted to the Program, all students must submit the following:
  • A record of immunization status and any annual vaccination requirements, such as Influenza, based on release date of vaccine.

A completed immunization form must be submitted to the institution the student is currently attending prior to September 30 in the first year of attendance. Students entering the Program in Year 2 or above must submit the completed immunization form before the first week of classes in September. Failure to do so may result in the student not being allowed to practice in the clinical setting.

  • Documentation of CPR certification, level C, which must be successfully maintained throughout the program. Proof of CPR certification (and recertification, as needed) must be submitted prior to commencement of classes.
  • CPR must be re-certified every two years regardless of expiry date on the card.
Admission Requirements

Self-identified Aboriginal applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for admission to the program will be given priority for up to twenty percent (20%) of the first-year seats for the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP).

Students must apply at the collaborative colleges: The College of New Caledonia in Prince George or Quesnel, or Northwest Community College in Terrace. Admission is based on academic qualifications and available space. Priority admission will be given to students who meet admission criteria and apply by the deadline of  March 31. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed based on available space in the program.

Applicants must:
  • meet UNBC admission requirements, and
  • have completed the equivalent of the following BC secondary school courses with a minimum C+ (67%) in each course:
    • one of Foundations of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, or Principles of Math 11
    • Chemistry 11
    • English 12
  • have completed the equivalent of Biology 12 with a minimum B (73%) within 5 years prior to the semester of admission to the NCBNP

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship  or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission.  For the NCBNP, the following are required for admission:

  • fulfillment of the BC Secondary School English 12 requirements (67%), or equivalent, and
  • either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) for the year of admission

Admission Requirements: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Access

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who are applying for admission to the NCBNP must: 

  • meet all Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program admission requirements
  • be a graduate of a Practical Nursing program recognized by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) since 1994
  • have current practising or be eligible for practising registration with the CLPNBC
  • have practised as a LPN for a minimum of 1700 hours in a patient care setting during the last 4 years, OR graduated from a BC Practical Nursing Program within the year of application. Proof of worked hours must be submitted with application and can be obtained from employers.
LPN applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be eligible for up to a maximum of 27 transfer credit hours of Nursing courses.

Applicants who have completed a BC Practical Nursing Certificate prior to 1994, or have completed a certificate or diploma from a program outside of BC, may not be exempt from any of the first or second year nursing courses.

All successful LPN applicants must meet individually with the Nursing Advisor at the institution to which they are applying in order to be referred to a Nursing Faculty member for transfer credit and proficiency assessment.


Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

100 Level
ANTH 213-3Peoples and Cultures (or equivalent)
HHSC 110-3Basic Microbiology (at UNBC)

     or BIOL 105-3

Basic Microbiology (at CNC) 

     or BIOL 133-3     

Applied Microbiology (at NWCC) 

HHSC 111-4Anatomy and Physiology I (at UNBC)

    or BIOL 111-3 

Anatomy and Physiology I (at CNC) 

    or BIOL 131-3 

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (at NWCC) 

HHSC 112-4Anatomy and Physiology II (at UNBC)

    or BIOL 112-3 

Anatomy and Physiology II (at CNC) 

    or BIOL 132-3 

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (at NWCC)

NURS 101-3

The Art and Science of Nursing 

NURS 102-3

Communication Theory and Practice

PSYC 101-3

Psychology as a Science (or equivalent)

Upper-Division Requirement

Prior to each academic year, students will be advised which courses are being offered at each campus.  Courses may be offered face-to-face, online, or using a combination of delivery methods.  Students must expect to complete at least one practicum rotation at a site other than Prince George, Quesnel, or Terrace.


300 Level

400 Level

At least one of the following areas of clinical focus:

Elective Requirement

Eighteen credit hours chosen to fulfill the requirements below, and to ensure completion of a minimum of 136 credit hours.  A course may not be used to satisfy the requirements in more than one category.  Students are strongly advised to complete elective course work prior to fourth year.
  • 3 credit hours in First Nations Studies at any level, or HIST 215-3 Global History of Indigenous People, or equivalent.
  • 3 credit hours in Humanities, or ENGL 170-3, or equivalent
  • 3 additional credit hours in Nursing at the 200 level, or 3 credit hours at the 200 level or above in a subject related to Nursing (with permission of Program)
  • At least three credit hours at the 200 level or above in any subject
  • At least three credit hours at the 300 level or above in any subject
  • 3 credit hours at any level in any subject

Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program

The minimum requirement for completion of the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program BScN is 45 credit hours with 24 of these required credits in nursing. Admission occurs in September and January. The fulfillment of admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the post-diploma program and is based on available space.

Transfer Credit

Students who have completed a Registered Nurse Diploma at a recognized post-secondary institution may be eligible to receive up to 60 credit hours towards the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  

In addition to the block credit awarded for the diploma, a maximum of 15 credit hours from other recognized institutions may be transferred into the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  Nursing courses, or their equivalents, must have been completed within five years prior to the semester of admission to be eligible for transfer credit into the Nursing Program.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • meet UNBC admission requirements
  • submit official transcript(s) from diploma program
  • provide evidence of active and continuing registration as a nurse in British Columbia. Annual documentation of current, practising CRNBC licensure is required while enrolled in the program.
Once accepted to the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program, all students must complete and submit the specified immunization forms prior to commencing a course with a clinical component. Failure to do so may result in the student not being allowed to practice in the clinical setting.

In order to meet the graduation requirements for the BScN, the post-RN student must successfully complete the following courses:

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

200 Level

Upper-Division Requirement

300 Level

400 Level

* Students wishing to take NURS 420-6 or NURS 422-6 as their Clinical Concentration should take NURS 418-7. This course substitutes for NURS 415-3 and 4 credit hours towards the list below.

A minimum of 9 credit hours selected from:

At least one of the following areas of clinical concentration:


Elective Requirement

Six credit hours chosen to ensure completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours and fulfillment of the following requirements:
  • Three credit hours of First Nations Studies at any level.
  • Three additional credit hours in Nursing at the 200 level or above, or three credit hours at the 200 level or above in a subject related to Nursing (with permission of the Program).  

Rural Nursing Certificate Program

The Rural Nursing Certificate Program provides the opportunity for Registered Nurses to pursue a concentrated program of courses in Rural Nursing. The Certificate provides students with some of the essential knowledge and clinical skills needed to provide nursing care in rural practice.

The Certificate Program has been developed as an academic program that is practice-driven, and is supported by health authorities across British Columbia.  It is based upon the principles of primary health care, and provides an orientation to the needs of nurses working in rural and remote communities.

The Certificate requires successful completion of 30 credit hours. Admission occurs in September and January.

The Certificate is designed to be completed on a part-time basis through distance education. Students can complete their BScN through the attainment of 15 additional credit hours of prescribed courses.

This Certificate does not replace the UNBC Post -Diploma BScN program as it offers a focus in one specialized area only. Other focus areas provided through the Post Diploma BScN, notably community health, community continuing care, First Nations health and nursing, and nursing management are not included in the Certificate program.

Nursing Program policies for Registered Nurse students pursuing a degree apply to Certificate students.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 15 credit hours from other recognized institutions may be transferred into the Certificate and the BScN Completion.  Nursing courses must have been completed within five years prior to the semester of admission to be eligible for transfer credit into the nursing program.

Students who have complete a Registered Nurse Diploma at a recognized post-secondary institution may be eligible to receive up to 60 credit hours towards the BScN Completion.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:
  • meet UNBC admission requirements
  • submit official transcript(s) from degree or diploma program
  • provide evidence of active and continuing registration as a nurse in British Columbia. Annual documentation of current, practicing CRNBC licensure is required while enrolled in the program.

Once accepted to the Rural Nursing Certificate Program, all students must complete and submit the specified immunization forms prior to commencing a course with a clinical component.  Failure to do so may result in the student not being allowed to practice in the clinical setting. 


Certificate Requirements

BScN Completion

Students wishing to complete the Post -Diploma BScN will be required to successfully complete 15 credit hours in addition to the Rural Acute Care Nursing Certificate to a total of 45 credit hours.

200 Level

300 Level

400 Level

Updated: March 9, 2018


200 Level

STAT 240-3

Basic Statistics (at UNBC) 

    or ECON 205-3

Statistics for Social and Management Sciences (at UNBC) 

    or MATH 104-3

 Introduction to Statistics (at CNC)

    or MATH 157-3

 Business Statistics (at CNC)

    or PSYC 201-3

 Statistics for the Social Sciences (at CNC)

    or MATH 131-3

 Introduction to Statistics (at NWCC)

    or MATH 251-3

 Statistics (at NWCC)

Note:UNBC STAT 240-3, CNC MATH 104-3, or NWCC MATH 131-3 are recommended for the Statistics requirement.

NURS 201-4Introduction to Health Assessment
NURS 202-3Pathophysiological Concepts (at CNC)

    or BIOL 220-3 

Pathophysiology (at NWCC) 

NURS 203-3Health Promotion in Families
NURS 204-3Healing Modalities (at CNC)

    or BIOL 221-3 

Pharmacology for Nurses (at NWCC) 

NURS 205-3Introduction to First Nations Health
NURS 206-3Basic Nutrition (at CNC)

    or BIOL 222-3 

Human Nutrition (at NWCC)

NURS 215-8Nursing Care of the Adult
NURS 220-5Extended Clinical Practicum I

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