Full-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing 8870bsn


Note: The August 2017 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the January 2018 intake will be accepted starting May 1, 2017.

The BCIT Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has a reputation for producing students who are practice-ready the day they graduate. With high quality simulators, hands-on clinical experiences, and committed, expert faculty, our BSN program delivers.

This intensive, accelerated BSN program has students in the clinical setting caring for patients within the first two weeks of study. The program provides theoretical nursing knowledge and clinical nursing skills while emphasizing critical thinking. As a BCIT nursing student, you will learn how to think quickly on your feet and to communicate with assertiveness and empathy in any environment.

About the program

  • Accelerated, three-year, full-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
  • Two intakes per year: January and August
  • Blend of online and distance courses with lectures, seminars, and small group work on campus
  • Simulation labs at BCIT provide students with a safe learning environment
  • Clinical experiences in a variety of acute care settings and community agencies
  • Two specialty nursing courses are included in the degree
  • Student mentors and dedicated support staff are available to students

See Program Details to learn more about our BSN program.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are interested in caring for the physical and emotional well-being of a variety of patients
  • Are team players, able to work independently, and take initiative while maintaining ethical standards and values
  • Have a strong work ethic and are committed to a heavy course load
  • Are able to work day, night, and weekend shifts in a physically demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Have completed a minimum of 18 post-secondary credits or higher level of education
  • Are Canadian residents 

This program has competitive enrollment with no waitlist. Visit Program Entry to learn more about entry requirements and registration.

This BSN program is guided by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) standards. In order to work as an RN, graduates must meet the required competencies and standards set by the College. You can find out more on these sites:

What grads can do

Registered nurses work in hospitals and community healthcare settings around the world. Visit Graduating and Jobs to discover opportunities.

Program Entry

College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Registration Requirements

Once you graduate from the BSN program you must apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the CRNBC to be eligible for employment. To register you must meet the CRNBC Competencies and Standards for Entry-Level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia.

It is important that you are aware of these prior to applying for admission to the nursing program.

These requirements are described on the CRNBC's Website at the following links:

If you have concerns about whether or not you have the required skills and abilities for admission to or progression through the nursing program you can contact BCIT's Disability Resource Centre.

Application processing

This program is open to applications:

  • January intakes: May 1st* to August 31st*
  • August intakes: November 1st* to February 28th*

*or next business day

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to read more information on indigenous student support available for the Nursing program.

Entrance requirements

BCIT does not guarantee admission to applicants who meet the minimum requirements. Obtaining a seat in the Nursing program is by competition. The Nursing program mandate is to select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success. The Nursing program does not maintain a waitlist.

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country

  • Chemistry 11 (73%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 11 (73%) or 12 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (73%) or 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 11 (73%) or 12 (67%) or
    • MATH 0007 (73%)

  • Academic Foundations requirement: Completion of 18.0 university credits with a minimum of (67%) in each of the following courses:
    • ENGL 1177 Academic Writing or a first-year transferable English composition course* (3.0 credits)
    • Anatomy & Physiology* - must have been completed within the past 3 years (6.0 credits)
    • PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology 1 or an equivalent Psychology course* (3.0 credits)
    • General Education [PDF] electives at a 100 level minimum in at least 2 different academic disciplines (6.0 credits)

    * View acceptable equivalency courses [PDF] for Anatomy & Physiology, English composition and Psychology requirements.

    All Academic Foundations courses must be completed prior to application. Midterm grades are not accepted for Academic Foundations courses. Only official transcripts are to be submitted with your online application.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • Non-cognitive questionnaire

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT you will be notified and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting. As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

For the Respirator Fit Testing, fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed, in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit Testing must also include, inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

CPR - Level HCP

Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Level Health Care Provider (HCP). Original certificate must be presented on the first day of classes. CPR must be recertified annually.

Advanced Placement

Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

BSN Students who have failed or withdrawn from the program must apply for re-admission. Please refer to the BSN Re-admission Policy [PDF] to determine your eligibility to re-apply and application deadlines. You must submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

Note: Direct Entry to an advanced level of the BSN program (e.g. for LPNs or RPNs) is not an option. All new applicants must apply to Level 1.

Transfer Credit

Students may apply for individual course credit after acceptance into the program. To apply for course credit you must complete a Course Credit/Exemption Application form [PDF] and submit it with an official transcript and course outlines from courses you have completed that are equivalent to those in the BSN program. Please review the BSN course outlines to determine what courses you may have completed in your previous education.

Apply to program

Note: The August 2017 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the January 2018 intake will be accepted starting May 1, 2017.

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

August and January each year


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

(e.g. CPR certification, criminal record check, uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, copying, stationery, penlight, transportation expenses)

Level 1: $2,449*
Level 2: $838
Level 3: $1,335
Level 4: $1,235
Level 5: $1,343
Level 6: $1,534

*Education materials will include electronic and text materials.

(general estimated cost, and subject to change).

Face respirator fit testing: approx $25 per year, annual re-fitting required.

Students may incur additional expenses. Uniforms and shoes cost approximately $350. A criminal record check is required prior to starting the program. Information on obtaining the criminal record check and the fees involved will be mailed to students upon acceptance.

Students are responsible for transportation to assigned hospitals and community agencies. Access to a motor vehicle is required for Level 5 of the program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program delivery

Note: The BSN program matrix has been revised effective for the January 2014 intake. The revised matrix is listed below. Current students please refer to the August 2013 cohort matrix [PDF].

Program matrix

Level 1 (17 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1103 Physiology and Pathophysiology 1 (NURS) 4.0
  NURS 1000 Applied Nursing Science 1 3.5
  NURS 1019 Clinical Techniques 1 Assessment 3.5
  NURS 1020 Clinical Techniques 1 Laboratory 3.5
  NURS 1030 Nursing Clinical 1 5.5
  NURS 1040 Professional Practice Seminar 1 2.5
  NURS 1055 Professional Interpersonal Communication in Nursing Practice 2.0
  NURS 1063 Pharmacology 1 2.0
Level 2 (17 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 2203 Physiology and Pathophysiology 2 (NURS) 3.5
  BHSC 2228 Microbiology (NURS) 2.0
  NURS 1064 Pharmacology 2 2.0
  NURS 2000 Applied Nursing Science 2 3.5
  NURS 2020 Clinical Techniques 2 Laboratory 3.5
  NURS 2030 Nursing Clinical 2 9.0
Level 3 (17 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 3329 Immunology for Nursing 3.5
  NURS 1065 Pharmacology 3 2.0
  NURS 3000 Applied Nursing Science 3 3.0
  NURS 3033 Family Nursing Theory 2.0
  NURS 3034 Family Nursing Clinical 5.0
  NURS 3036 Mental Health Issues in Nursing Practice 1.5
  NURS 3038 Mental Health Nursing Clinical 5.0
Level 4 (17 weeks) - for January intake only Credits
  NURS 3020 Clinical Techniques 3 Laboratory 2.0
  NURS 4000 Applied Nursing Science 4 3.5
  NURS 4032 Nursing Clinical 4 11.0
  NURS 7055 Professional Interpersonal Communication for Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice 2.5
  NURS 7100 Community Nursing 1: Partners in Health 3.0
Level 4 (30 weeks) - for August intake only Credits
  NURS 3020 Clinical Techniques 3 Laboratory 2.0
  NURS 4000 Applied Nursing Science 4 3.5
  NURS 4032 Nursing Clinical 4 11.0
  NURS 7055 Professional Interpersonal Communication for Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice 2.5
  NURS 7100 Community Nursing 1: Partners in Health 3.0
  NURS 8012 Nursing Research 3.0
  NURS 8040 Professional Nursing Practice 2 3.0
*Plus a Specialty Nursing Elective 3.0 credits required (see list of courses below)
Level 5 (30 weeks) - for January intake only
Please note all theory courses in the January Level 5 intake are online
  NURS 5030 Community Health Clinical 9.0
  NURS 8012 Nursing Research 3.0
  NURS 8014 Evidence-based Practice 3.0
  NURS 8040 Professional Nursing Practice 2 3.0
  NURS 8100 Community Nursing 2: Facilitating Health Action 3.0
  NURS 8300 Leadership in Nursing 3.0
*Plus 6.0 credits of Specialty Nursing Electives taken in succession (see list of courses below)
Level 5 (17 weeks) - for August intake only Credits
  NURS 5030 Community Health Clinical 9.0
  NURS 8014 Evidence-based Practice 3.0
  NURS 8100 Community Nursing 2: Facilitating Health Action 3.0
  NURS 8300 Leadership in Nursing 3.0
*Plus a Theory 2 Specialty Nursing Elective 3.0 credits required (see list of courses below)
Level 6 (17 weeks) Credits
  NURS 7080 Preceptorship 1 12.0
  NURS 8380 Preceptorship 2 12.0
Students are responsible for scheduling the following 6.0 credits of required Liberal Studies courses during the program. Credits
These courses are offered through Part-time Studies in the fall, winter and spring terms. PTS courses must be paid for in full at the time of registration.
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
  LIBS 7021 Health Ethics 3.0
*Specialty Nursing Electives Credits

Students must take six credits from one specialty (e.g. If Emergency is chosen as the focus of practice the courses completed must be NSCC 7150 & NSER 7110). Students who select Neonatal or Perinatal as their focus of practice also complete a Neonatal Resuscitation course. To take a specialty nursing elective at another post-secondary institution student contact the Nursing Placement Coordinator in Level 4 of the program.

BSN students select from the following Specialty Nursing courses:

  NSCC 7150 Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management 2.0
  NSER 7110 Emergency Nursing Theory 1 4.0
  NSHA 7100 High Acuity Specialty Nursing Theory 1 4.0
  NSHA 7120 Advanced Medical/Surgical 2.0
  NSNE 7100 Neonatal Theory 1 3.0
  NSNE 7200 Neonatal Theory 2 3.0
  NSNN 7200 Nephrology Nursing Theory 1: Introduction 3.0
  NSNN 7400 Nephrology Nursing Theory 2: Introduction to Dialysis Nursing 3.0
  NSPE 7100 Pediatric Theory 1 3.0
  NSPE 7200 Pediatric Theory 2 3.0
  NSPN 7100 Perinatal Nursing Theory 1 - Healthy Childbearing Experiences & The Newborn 3.0
  NSPN 7155 The Breastfeeding Experience Theory 2.0
  NSPN 7156 The Breastfeeding Experience Clinical 1.0
  NSPN 7200 Perinatal Theory 2 Childbearing Women 3.0
  NSPO 7100 Perioperative Theory 1: Developing Perioperative Partnerships 3.0
  NSPO 7250 Perioperative Theory 2: The Nurse in the Scrub Role 3.0
Total Credits: 154.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Note to International Students: The BCIT Nursing Bachelor Degree program does not accept International students. To learn which BCIT programs are available to International students, please go to the International Student Centre website to view a list of full-time programs & and part-time programs that do accept International students.

For perspective and current BSN students interested in information on Aboriginal Services please visit the Aboriginal Services page.

The program

The program prepares highly skilled, practice-ready graduates eligible for nurse registration. On completion of the program graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exams.

Self-directed learning, small group learning, and problem-based learning help students develop the skills required in the health-care system. The program emphasizes the development of professionalism, communication, professional growth, reasoning and reflection, creative leadership, facilitation skills, and technical skills.

Courses are offered in a variety of formats including lecture, laboratory, small group work, online, and clinical experiences. Learning opportunities in hospitals include clinical practice with acutely ill seniors, adults, children, and families. Learning opportunities in community health include clinical practice in public health, home care and other community health agencies. The clinical practice experience can be during the day, evening or night shift, including weekends and holidays.

BSN Program's student guidelines, policies and procedures:

The BSN program uses self-directed learning, small group learning, and problem-based learning to help students develop skills required in the health-care system. Self-directed learning is a method that encourages students to take charge of their learning by identifying learning needs, implementing strategies to meet these learning needs, and evaluating progress toward learning. These skills prepare students for lifelong learning and professional growth.

Small group learning is an approach in which students work in groups of 4 to 12 people to learn material and discuss course issues. This approach also develops communication and facilitation skills.

Problem-based learning is an approach in which a patient health problem is presented in a scenario. This is a starting point for learning. With the help of a tutor, students work together to acquire the knowledge they need to nurse patients with the health problem. Each course presents two to three scenarios. Each scenario may have several health issues to explore.

Problem-based learning has two purposes: the development of a base of knowledge related to the problem and the development of reasoning and problem-solving skills. This learning approach also perfects facilitation skills.

Program length

Three years, full-time. Students attend classes year round.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

Recruiters know BCIT nursing graduates succeed. Our students graduate with the expertise and capabilities to work in a multitude of healthcare settings across BC.

Apply for your RN designation

Grads are required to write the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to earn their Registered Nurse (RN) designation for licensure. The designation has yearly renewal fees and quality assurance guidelines. Visit the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) for more information on registration and renewal, competencies, and standards. We recommend that you're aware of these standards prior to applying to the program.

Career opportunities

Registered nurses work in a variety of hospitals and community health settings. Careers usually start with casual positions in acute care agencies on a medical and surgical ward. Some graduates are hired to work in public health, pediatrics, obstetrics, and emergency nursing positions.

Learn more about the work we do. Visit the BC Nurses' Union for information on salary. Visit the Association of Registered Nurses (ARNBC) for current news on the profession.


Keep learning

Students take two specialty nursing courses as part of their BSN degree. These two courses may be applied toward completing one of BCIT's specialty nursing advanced certificate programs after they graduate. Grads can also choose to complete a Master of Science in Nursing or PhD program through other institutions.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Professional associations

Following completion of the Nursing program at BCIT, graduates must write the Canadian registration examinations to obtain the RN designation. There is a fee for this exam.

For more information about the BCIT Nursing program, contact Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610 or toll-free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and United States only). You may also contact the Nursing department at a toll-free number, 1-800-663-6542 ext. 1610.

We invite you to attend one of BCIT's Nursing information sessions held throughout the year. To find out about and register for the next available information session, please contact Registration and Information at 604-434-1610 or toll-free at 1-800-663-6542 ext. 1610 or register online at www.bcit.ca/infosessions.

Simulation Lab

Watch a Nursing Simulation Lab Orientation video.

Watch another Nursing Simulation Lab video.

The School of Health Sciences Nursing Simulation Lab is a place where students can experience authentic and complex clinical scenarios in a safe learner centered environment. Students have the opportunity to develop their roles as health care professionals through the use of scenarios that build on their learning in the classroom and the hospital. With instructor supervision and facilitation, students communicate, assess and provide interventions to human patient simulators.

Human Patient Simulators

Human Patient Simulators are computerized full sized anatomically correct mannequins. These state of the art simulators mimic "real patients" allowing students to complete full assessments along with interventions. The simulators are not simply mannequins – they have hearts that beat, lungs that breath and they even bleed, cry and talk.

Benefits for students

Nursing students working together with a simulation mannequin

Simulation experiences help students develop nursing knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgements in real time "clinical" simulations. Every student is given the opportunity to participate in a number of essential "clinical" scenarios throughout the course of the nursing program. Simulation supports students by:

  • Preparing learners for professional practice by:
    • Realistically integrating knowledge and practice
    • Incorporating reflection on practice in debriefing
    • Promoting interdisciplinary healthcare
    • Providing an environment where it is safe to make mistakes
  • Developing leadership in learners
  • Developing student's application of skills, critical thinking, and decision making through 'acute' simulation scenarios
  • Using evidence based research to advance 'best' practice

Simulation scenarios

Nursing students come prepared to apply their skills in a simulation environment
  1. Prepare - Prior to the actual simulation experiences, students are given the learning objectives and patient data for the simulation scenarios.
  2. Apply - Scenarios run from 20 minutes to 1 hour giving students time to assess, determine patient problems, plan, implement interventions and evaluate their effectiveness.
  3. Reflect - Structured debriefing occurs immediately after the scenario in order to help the students connect the experience with the theory they already have and make sense of what happened.

Simulation roles

Nursing students taking on different roles in the simulation lab

During simulation scenarios, students will work together. Teamwork is encouraged. Each student will be given a role at the beginning of the scenario:

  • Primary Nurse
  • Secondary Nurse/ Medication Nurse/ Procedure Nurse
  • Documenter
  • Patient
  • Family member
  • Doctor
  • Instructor

Instructors partner with the students and act as facilitators and guides in the learning process.

Simulation Lab guidelines

  • Lab participants should dress for the clinical environment
  • Simulated patients (human patient simulators) will be treated with dignity and respect
  • No pens allowed in the simulation labs as ink permanently marks the mannequins
  • Professionalism is an expectation

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I determine if my general health is suitable for a nursing career?


    • Nurses work either 8- or 12-hour shifts. This time is spent standing, walking, bending, and lifting, supporting, or transferring people or objects. Nurses must be able to move quickly and efficiently, often in tight spaces.
    • Nurses need to be able to support and turn patients without harming themselves or the patient.
    • Nurses must be physically fit in order to be active throughout the workday. Leg, back, or foot problems may interfere. Anyone who has limited muscle strength or physical endurance may also have difficulties.
    • Nurses perform skills requiring a high level of manual dexterity and coordination (for example, giving injections). Anyone with poor eye-hand coordination may have difficulties with these tasks.
    • Nurses give emotional support to others and work in stressful, anxiety-producing situations. This may be difficult for anyone who has emotional or psychiatric problems or difficulty dealing with their own stress and anxiety.
    • Nurses wash their hands frequently with antiseptic soaps and wear latex/rubber gloves. If you are latex-sensitive or have a latex allergy, you may not meet the health requirements, as the Nursing program and the practicum settings may not be able to accommodate your latex allergy/sensitivity.
    • Skin must be intact, since exposed lesions pose a problem to both students and patients. A skin condition resulting in chronic open lesions is likely to prevent you from meeting the health requirement.

    Can you recommend books that will help me assess my aptitude for nursing?

    Look for these books in your library:

    • Chenevert, M. Mosby's Tour Guide to Nursing School: A Student's Road Survival Kit. Little Rock: Elsevier Science.
    • Dunham, K. S. How to Survive or Maybe Even Love Nursing School: A Guide for Students by Students. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
    • Katz, J. R. Keys to Nursing Success. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
    • Kerr, J.R. & Sirotnik, M. Potter & Perry Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing. St. Louis: Mosby

    What learning strategies are used in the program?

    BCIT's Nursing program encourages self-directed learning with a variety of strategies. Students need to be self-aware, self-motivated and able to take initiative in order to seek and make use of learning opportunities. In addition to traditional learning strategies, expect the following:

    • Learning and working in small groups
    • Videotaping and audio taping of communication skills
    • Problem-Based Learning

    What is problem-based learning (PBL)?

    In problem-based learning (PBL), a given scenario provides a starting point for learning. With the help of a tutor, students work together in groups to identify what knowledge they need for nursing patients with the health problem presented. Students utilize problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication skills and the group's learning experiences. In PBL, students learn by teaching each other.


    How many days per week is a BCIT Nursing student in the hospital?

    In the first two years of the program, students spend two days per week at a hospital site and the remainder of the school week at the BCIT Burnaby campus. In the final year of the program, students are in the hospital or community sites from three to five full days per week.

    Clinical (hospital) days are scheduled on a changing rotation with shifts varying from eight to twelve hours in length. Shifts can include weekends and holidays.


    What are the workload requirements of the program?

    The program schedule requires attending classes or clinical approximately 30 hours each week. Expect several hours of homework and clinical preparation each evening. You will also need to plan time for library research and group work.

    This is a very demanding program. Working at a job during the school year is not recommended.


    What courses can be taken in advance to lighten the workload?

    The following courses in the BSN can be taken prior to starting the program.

    • LIBS 7001
    • LIBS 7002

    Who requires a criminal record search?

    All accepted students are required to complete a criminal record check in order to identify individuals convicted of physical, sexual, or chemical abuse. The process of applying for the appropriate criminal records check will be explained during your orientation. Only criminal record checks completed through BCIT will be accepted.

    If you have questions regarding the criminal record check process for Nursing students, please contact criminalrecordscheck@bcit.ca


    What skills are required of an applicant to the nursing program?

    To be successful in the Nursing program you must be computer literate. Assignments must be word-processed and formatted according to American Psychological Association (APA) style. You must also have library research skills, including knowledge of how to obtain references for books, journals, and videos, et cetera, using the Internet.

    You must be fluent in written and oral English. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

    Basic math skills are required. The following reference book will help you review your math skills:

    Buchholz, S. et al. Henke's Med-Math: Dosage Calculation, Preparation, and Administration. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co.



    Why is it required that students have the use of a car?

    Student clinicals take place in a variety of hospitals throughout Metro Vancouver, and students are required to change hospitals several times during the program. Hours of work often make travel to and from hospitals difficult without the use of a car. Safety is also an issue in late-night and early-morning travel.

    In level 5 of the program, home care clinicals require daily travel and transportation of equipment to several homes or agencies in the community. Using public transportation for level 5 clinical is not permitted.


    Indigenous Student Support

    In partnership with the Aboriginal Services department, the BSN program has formed the BSN Indigenization Circle working group. The circle’s vision is “Reconciliation in Action” and this team actively works to promote reconciliation activities for students and faculty. The goal is to indigenize the BSN program by welcoming and working with indigenous students. By improving how we recruit, support and successfully graduate indigenous students, as well as recruit and retain indigenous faculty and staff, we hope to strengthen our program​.

    The BCIT BSN program recognizes that Aboriginal students are underrepresented in the student population and in the profession of nursing. To encourage and support Aboriginal applicants the program has a dedicated admission process with five reserved seats for Aboriginal students. To be considered under this admission category applicants must:

    1. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person of Canada on the admission application.

    2. Have successfully completed the program's entrance requirements. The program may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum grade requirement for the prerequisite courses.

    Our program also works closely with Aboriginal services at BCIT to ensure students receive the best possible support and encouragement while in the program. Please visit Aboriginal Services for more information on available resources.

    "BCIT's comprehensive approach to learning has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and clinical experience neccessary to help me succeed in my career as a registered nurse."

    Gabrielle Guidolin
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
    Kelowna Metis

    "Nursing has provided me with the essential critical thinking skills and the knowledge base to succeed in my career."

    Tasia Lambert
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
    Pine Creek First Nation

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