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Program mission

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To educate professional nurses who promote health for individuals and communities.

Program aims

  1. Through partnership with stakeholders, the program provides students with practice-based learning to integrate theory and practice to ensure competency in nursing.
  2. Graduates of the program are prepared with knowledge, attitudes, clinical skills, and leadership abilities for the dynamic, complex context of health care.

Program overview

The BCIT BSN program is a 3-year degree program, comprised of nine terms. The program curriculum enables students to systematically acquire the competencies that characterize the attributes of a BCIT BSN graduate. Through a spiralled and integrated approach, utilizing active teaching and learning strategies, concepts provide the framework for developing nursing knowledge and practice capacity. The courses are clustered around the following themes: Communication in Nursing Practice, Context of Nursing, Nursing Knowledge, Practice of Nursing and Nursing as a Profession.

In Terms 1 through 8 students complete practice placements in medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetrical, mental health, public health and community settings. In Term 7 and 8, students have the opportunity to take specialty nursing theory courses, which allows some students the option to complete a portion of their preceptorship in a focus of practice. In Term 9, Preceptorship, students have the option of completing 12 weeks in an entry-level practice setting (eg. acute medical-surgical, paediatrics, public health) or splitting their preceptorship experience between an entry-level practice setting for 8 weeks, and then a focus of practice setting (eg. emergency, perioperative) for the remaining 4 weeks.

A BCIT instructor is assigned to monitor the student’s progress and is available to provide consultation and assistance on an individual basis. The instructor visits the student and preceptor in the agency and is responsible for the final evaluation of the student.