The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is a 3 year full-time (year round) program. There are two intakes per year in January and August.
Please review the Program Entry page for important dates and deadlines.
This is a highly competitive program and BCIT does not guarantee admission to applicants who meet the minimum requirements. The Nursing program mandate is to select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success. Please review the Entrance Requirements for more information.
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.
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.
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:
Requisite Skills and Abilities
New Graduate Competencies
Professional Nursing Standards
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.
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.
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.
Hospitals and community health settings employ Registered Nurses (RNs). Successful completion of the Nursing program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to work in a variety of health-care settings. Please check the BC Nurses' Union Web site for current salary information: www.bcnu.org.
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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:
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.Top
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.Top
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.Top
The following courses in the BSN can be taken prior to starting the program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgTop
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.
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.Top
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