Nursing

School of Nursing
Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Information accurate as of: May 1st 2017. Retrieved from the School of Nursing website. For further details, please visit: https://nursing.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers an integrated nursing education, research, knowledge exchange, and practice to advance individual, family, community, and population health. As a professional nurse, and a graduate of the Nursing program, students will be well-equipped to offer excellent service and garner high satisfaction in their new role as nurses. Some Nursing graduates maintain their high level of skilled practice in acute care settings. Others contribute to Canadian health education with research in oncology, geriatrics or with disadvantaged populations in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The BSN program is currently under review. Please read the statement below. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE from the School of Nursing, updated as of February 16, 2017:

The BSN Program has recently completed a curriculum review. Please read the statement below.

The UBC School of Nursing is engaged in a re-visioning of our BSN (entry-to-practice) program, and our proposal was approved by UBC Vancouver Senate. There are no changes for admission requirements for September 2017 entry. The application deadline for September 2017 entry has now passed and we are currently focusing our efforts on supporting students with submitted applications. We will post updates on our website as new information becomes available about the program and admission requirements. We appreciate your interest in our program, and we are working diligently to provide timely information. Please monitor the UBC School of Nursing website for updates.

We offer an innovative advanced standing program designed to prepare leaders in nursing practice. Students enter at the third year level and commit to an intensive full-time program of theoretical and clinical coursework delivered over five consecutive academic terms.

To be considered for admission to the BSN program, you must have a completed bachelor's degree or significant progress (minimum of 48 non-nursing university transferable credits) toward a degree in another field of study. Note: Applied degrees will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or significant progress: students must have a completed bachelor's degree or significant progress (minimum of 48 non-nursing university transferable credits) toward a degree in another field of study. Note: Applied degrees will be considered on case-by-case basis.
  • Note: Students enter the nursing program at the third year level and commit to an intensive full time program of theoretical and clinical coursework delivered over five consecutive academic terms.
  • Course Prerequisites: Completed courses in First year English (3 credits) such as English 112 or an equivalent and Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits) such as BIOL 153 (7 credits) is recommended or an equivalent human anatomy and physiology course/courses. See more on Course Prerequisites.
  • Minimum Academic Standing: Applicants must have a minimum 70% or grade point average of 2.8 (calculated on a 4-point scale) based upon the most recent 30 credits completed at the undergraduate level.
  • College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) Registration Requirements: When you apply to register as a Registered Nurse with the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) upon completion of the BSN program, you must meet CRNBC's Competencies and Standards for Entry-Level Registered Nurse Practice in British ColumbiaIt is important that you are aware of these requirements prior to applying for admission to the nursing program.

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Undergraduate Online Application: Completed application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • School of Nursing Supplemental Application: Students will receive access to the supplemental application after the initial UBC online application is completed and fees are paid. The processing fee for the School of Nursing supplemental application is CAD $119.75.
  • Two (2) References: The supplemental application will include the details and contact information of two referees. Reference letters are not required.
  • CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics): All BSN applicants are required to complete an online assessment to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. After you submit your initial application to UBC, you will receive an email from the School of Nursing with instructions regarding the CASPer assessment process.

More information about the full application and admission requirements can be found on the Nursing Admission’s page.

The undergraduate online application for UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses opens in mid August and closes in early December. Admissions decisions for most programs are made in April or early May. The School of Nursing Supplemental Application closes in late January.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Nursing Program’s Admissions page for more information.

All BSN applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. After you submit the initial application to UBC, you will receive an email from the School of Nursing with instructions regarding the CASPer assessment process.

CASPer assessment dates are now available for reservation. Go to takecasper.com/test-dates to register and schedule CASPer using your UBC student number. Make sure you register for Canadian Nursing School (and the correct year of admission) CASPer. You will be provided with a limited number of assessment dates and times taking place in January and February 2017. Please note that these are the only assessment dates available for your CASPer assessment. There will be no additional assessments scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly. For further information, please check the CASPer – Online Assessment Process section on our website.

The fee to take CASPer is CAD $40. There is also a distribution fee of CAD $10 to send your results to the institutions you select.

Please direct any inquiries about the test to support@takecasper.com.

CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

For more information about the Aboriginal Admissions process, please contact Dr. Leanne Currie (Leanne.Currie@nursing.ubc.ca).

For further information about the program, please contact:

BSN Admissions
School of Nursing
University of British Columbia
T201 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5

Email: information@nursing.ubc.ca
Telephone: (604) 822-9754

School of Nursing
Faculty of Education

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Information accurate as of: May 16th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Nursing website. For further details, please visit: https://nursing.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The M.S.N. program opens new horizons for nurses in education, advanced practice, policy implementation, health care management, and nursing knowledge development. Applicants must be registered nurses with a bachelor's degree, normally in nursing. The MSN program prepares students for employment in the public or private sector, or to pursue further studies in a Ph.D. program. Graduates occupy leadership positions within numerous health authorities in Canada and the international community, as well as teaching positions in colleges and universities. The MSN program has long been reviewed and assessed by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and many licensing boards across North America and accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Minimum admission requirements to the program include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and Registered Nurse Status: registration as a nurse with a bachelor's degree, preferably in Nursing. Evidence of eligibility for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of BC, with preference for a current practicing registration number.
  • Minimum GPA: a minimum GPA of 76% (B+) at third and fourth year levels and a first class standing (80% or above) in 12 credits or more of Nursing courses.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Nursing MSN Graduate Program’s How to Apply page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Mr. Drew St. Laurent,
Recruitment & Graduate Admissions Officer
School of Nursing
T201-2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2B5
Tel: 604.822.7446
Fax: 604.822.7466
Email: student.services@nursing.ubc.ca
Web: www.school.nursing.ubc.ca

Applied Science Professional Programs
Faculty of Applied Science

Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP)

Information accurate as of: May 16th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Nursing website. For further details, please visit: https://nursing.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The M.N. Nurse Practitioner (M.N.-N.P.) program prepares nurse practitioners to work in primary care settings. Graduates assess, diagnose, and treat common and predictable conditions across the lifespan, and are eligible to apply for registration as Nurse Practitioner (Family) in British Columbia. The program offers studies with a community of professors and clinicians in primary care and is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Program completion creates eligibility for licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in BC. Graduates are well prepared to practice collaboratively and autonomously in primary care settings, and lead in interpretation and application of new knowledge generated to improve practice.

The minimum admission requirements for the MSN Program include:

  • Minimum GPA: a minimum overall average of 76% at the third- and fourth-year levels, with a First class standing (80% or above) in 12 credits or more of nursing courses in their bachelor's program.
  • Registered Nurse Status: Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia and have completed a minimum of three years of clinical practice as a registered nurse, demonstrate clinical excellence, and provide evidence of their ability to work autonomously

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Interview: Outstanding applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements will be invited to an interview

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Nursing MN-NP Graduate Program’s How to Apply page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Mr. Drew St. Laurent,
Recruitment & Graduate Admissions Officer
School of Nursing
T201-2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2B5
Tel: 604.822.7446
Fax: 604.822.7466
Email: student.services@nursing.ubc.ca
Web: www.school.nursing.ubc.ca

Applied Science Professional Programs
Faculty of Applied Science

Masters of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care (MHLP)

Note: The Faculty of Applied Science administers the Master of Health Leadership and Policy program. Information accurate as of: May 16th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Nursing website. For further details, please visit: http://apscpp.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care (M.H.L.P. in S.C.) Professional program is designed to prepare professionals to lead, design, and deliver comprehensive care and services for seniors in a range of community and institutional settings in both the public and private sectors. The goal of the program is to provide learning experiences that enable graduates to complement their knowledge of the health of seniors with both substantive knowledge related to seniors care and knowledge of business operations.

The minimum admission requirements for the MHLP Program include:

  • Relevant Undergraduate Discipline: Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in healthcare or related field (Nursing, Social Work, Occupational or Physical Therapy, Dietetics);
  • Relevant Experience: Have a minimum of three years of relevant experience with at least one year in senior’s care.
  • Minimum GPA: an average of 76% (UBC-equivalency), calculated from senior-level coursework. An applicant with an average slightly less than 76% may be admitted if they have achieved 80% or higher in at least 12 credits (UBC-equivalency) of senior-level coursework in the prospective area of study.

A list of the required application documents are available on the program website.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • A Letter of Intent
  • A Curriculum Vitiate (CV)
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: Letters from professional, academic, or volunteer related referees who can speak to your technical knowledge and skills in seniors care, professional development/experience, and your leadership qualities.
  • Proof of residency:You will need to upload a copy of the photo page of your passport or a copy of your permanent resident card.

Please note that the MHLP program is not run/managed by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the MHLP Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For further information, visit the Applied Science Professional Programs FAQ. To request further information, please contact:

Evelyn Mah
Program Administrator
UBC Applied Science Professional Programs
211 - 2386 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel 604-827-4136
E-mail: apscpp@apsc.ubc.ca

School of Nursing
Faculty of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Information accurate as of: May 16th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Nursing website. For further details, please visit: https://nursing.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The PhD program in Nursing prepares students to generate, integrate and implement new disciplinary knowledge aimed at improving nursing, health and health care. The program helps prepare for leadership roles within academic institutions, practice settings and policy arenas, graduate with a portfolio that showcases competencies and skills as well as gain opportunities to access independent studies, practicums, and research and teaching opportunities.

The minimum admission requirements for the MSN Program include:

  • Master’s Degree: Applicants to the program are admitted on the basis of outstanding achievement in their master's program
  • Registered Nurse Status: Canadian students must hold practicing nurse registration in BC or another province.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores are required by the School of Nursing.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Nursing PhD Program’s How to Apply page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Mr. Drew St. Laurent,
Recruitment & Graduate Admissions Officer
School of Nursing
T201-2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2B5
Tel: 604.822.7446
Fax: 604.822.7466
Email: student.services@nursing.ubc.ca
Web: www.school.nursing.ubc.ca

School of Nursing
Faculty of Health and Social Development (Okanagan Campus)

UBC-O Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Information accurate as of: May 17th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Nursing (UBC-O) website. For further details, please visit: https://nursing.ok.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares nurses to be global citizens with lifelong learning skills. Graduates of the program practice safe, quality, evidence-informed health care grounded in humanizing the experience of health and illness. They are qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain, and restore patient health. The program is reviewed by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

The School of Nursing offers three  programs:

  • BSN: A four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree, that is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada only. Successful completion of the B.S.N. program degree requirements provides eligibility to write the Canadian Entry to Practice Regulatory Exam (Canadian NCLEX) to become eligible to apply for registration as a registered nurse with the CRNBC.
  • LPN Access Program: This program accepts applications from Licenced Practical Nurses (LPN). Successful completion of the LPN Access program degree requirements provides eligibility to write the Canadian Entry to Practice Regulatory Exam (Canadian NCLEX) to become eligible to apply for registration as a registered nurse with the CRNBC.
  • RN Access Program: This accepts applications from nurses registered in B.C. Successful completion of the RN Access degree requirements provides a route to advance from diploma completion to degree completion.

Minimum Admission Requirements for High School Students include:

  • Apply to UBC: Apply to UBC to become an undergraduate student in the School of Nursing, BSN (Nursing) degree program. Be sure to choose “Okanagan campus” when applying.
  • Complete Prerequisites: Ensure that you have met the High School Admission requirements which include English 12, Biology 11 and 12, Chemistry 11 and 12 and Pre-calculus 11.
  • When applying students will need to complete a ‘Personal Profile’ as part of the application for admission to the School of Nursing. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences provide thoughtful responses. Those responses are read and scored by trained readers, and that score is then used in conjunction with an applicant’s academic average of admission to determine overall admissibility.

The undergraduate online application for UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses opens in mid August and closes in mid January. Admissions decisions for most programs are made in April or early May.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Nursing Program’s Prospective Students Page page for more information.

If the Aboriginal applicant has the required courses, and they meet the competitive average, they are admitted into Nursing based on their achievements and are offered access to mentoring and support.

The UBC Okanagan School of Nursing works with Aboriginal Services to support the admission of all aboriginal applicants.

If the Aboriginal applicant has the required courses, and they meet the minimum average, but not the competitive average, they are admitted into Nursing as part of a Supportive Admissions Program.  In this program, students are provided with support from a faculty member in the role of Aboriginal Liaison, and are provided with mentoring and tutoring.  Aboriginal students in the upper years of the program are hired as the tutors.

If the Aboriginal applicant does not meet the minimum requirements, they are supported via Access Studies to obtain the required high school prerequisites and or admissible average.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Daphne Clarke-Hamilton
Administrative Assistant

School of Nursing
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Okanagan Campus
ART360 (Arts Building)
1147 Research Road
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7

Tel: 250–807–9908
E-mail: daphne.clarke-hamilton@ubc.ca

School of Nursing
Faculty of Health and Social Development (Okanagan Campus)

UBC-O Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Information accurate as of: May 17th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Nursing (UBC-O) website. For further details, please visit: https://nursing.ok.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: Martin Dee / UBC School of Nursing)

The Master of Science program in Nursing (M.S.N.) program offers opportunities for baccalaureate nurses to develop and advance their professional knowledge, practice, and scholarship. Students will engage in scholarly inquiry within a chosen area of nursing practice. Graduates of the program will be prepared to participate in knowledge development, application, integration, and translation through leadership roles within their practice setting.

The minimum admission requirements for the Program include:

  • Registered Nurse Status and Bachelor’s Degree: Be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing.
  • Minimum GPA: Have a minimum overall average of B+ (76%) standing in third and fourth year levels of their baccalaureate with an A- (80%) in 12 credits of nursing courses.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Letter of Intent: A maximum 500-word letter of intent which addresses an area of interest that you would like to pursue in the MSN program, and its relevance to current priorities in health care, public health and nursing.

The College of Graduate Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus provides a list of Application & Admission Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Nursing Program’s Prospective Graduate Student page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Kathy Rush
Graduate Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
kathy.rush@ubc.ca
250-807-9561