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Overview

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  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum is a spiralled, competency based model that employs conceptual learning, learning technologies and active learning strategies, including both simulated and clinical practice experiences. The three year program is delivered in three 12-week terms per year.

About the program

  • Accelerated, three-year, full-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
  • Three intakes per year: January, April and September
  • 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

Visit 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 18.0 post-secondary credits or higher level of education
  • Are Canadian residents

This BSN program is guided by the British Columbia College of Nursing and Midwives (BCCNM) 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:

Visit Entrance Requirements to learn more about program entry requirements and registration.

What grads can do

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

Entrance Requirements

CASPer Test

All applicants must complete the CASPer Test [PDF] prior to the application deadline. Please continue to check the CASPer website for upcoming test dates. CASPer test results are valid for the entire school year which the test was completed (October to August). You only need to take CASPer once during this time.
Note: Last minute bookings are not recommended, register at least three days prior to your preferred test date.

British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives  (BCCNM) Registration Requirements

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the BCCNM to be eligible for employment. To register you must meet the BCCNM 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 BCCNM’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, contact BCIT’s Accessibility Services.

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Note: The BSN program curriculum has been revised effective for the April 2018 intake.

Students that began the program prior to April 2018 refer to the January 2018 cohort matrix [PDF].

Program Details

Student guidelines, policies and procedures:

The program:

The program prepares highly skilled, practice-ready graduates eligible for nurse registration. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The Bachelor of Science of Nursing program is committed to educating and equipping learners to graduate and launch successful careers in nursing. To support this aim, the BSN 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.

The program uses self-directed learning, small group learning, problem-based learning, and a scrambled classroom teaching learning strategy, to help students develop the 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 four to twelve 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. Students work together to acquire the knowledge they need to nurse patients with the health problem. 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.

A scrambled classroom is a combination of short bursts of lecture interspersed with active learning strategies. The effectiveness of this teaching learning strategy is dependent on students completing readings and pre class work. Active learning contextualizes knowledge and provides an opportunity for learners to build on and apply knowledge through active engagement with content, peers and the instructor, providing learners with the skills and competencies required for safe patient care within a complex health care system. One key nursing competency this teaching methodology promotes is collaboration and teamwork. Additionally, completing prep work is critical to the success of a practice profession.

Aboriginal applicants: Read about Indigenous student support available for the Nursing program.

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

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 British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) 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.

Simulation Lab

Watch a Nursing Simulation Lab Orientation video.

Watch a video of our Nursing Lab

The School of Health Sciences Nursing Simulation Lab is a place where students can experience authentic and complex clinical scenarios in a safe learner centred 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 breathe and they even bleed, cry and talk.

Benefits for students

Tow female nursing students practicinsg with a maniquinSimulation 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 a student’s application of skills, critical thinking, and decision making through ‘acute’ simulation scenarios
  • Using evidence-based research to advance ‘best’ practice

Simulation scenarios

  1. A group of nursing students in the simulation lab. You can see 3 females and a maniquinPrepare – 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

Students
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

Faculty
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 are 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?

Consider:

  • 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.

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

Students are in a practice course (hospital or community) up to 2 days per week, until the final term of the program. In the final term of the program, students are in the hospital or community up to five full days per week.

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

What are the workload requirements of the program?

This is a very demanding full-time program, working during the terms is not recommended. The program schedule requires attending classes, labs or clinical approximately 30 hours each week. Several hours of homework, which includes class and clinical preparation, will be required each evening. You will also need to plan time for library research and group work.

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 check?

All accepted students are required to complete a criminal record check (CRC) in order to identify individuals convicted of physical, sexual, or chemical abuse. The CRC application process will be explained in your acceptance letter.. 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 in the nursing program?

Computer, academic writing, and research skills are some of the requirements to be successful in the nursing program.

What writing format is used in the nursing program?

Assignments must be formatted according to American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Why are communication skills important for nursing students?

Student must be fluent in written and oral English.

For safety reasons student nurses must be able to communicate and interact with a wide range of health care professionals, patients, and families in the hospital and community. It is essential that you understand verbal and written instructions, and be clearly understood when providing information to patients, families, doctors, nurses and your instructor.

Do I need a car in the program?

A car is not a requirement in the program. However, in Year 3 the community rotation experiences for students without access to a private vehicle may be limited.

Clinicals take place in a variety of hospitals and students are required to change sites several times during the program. Hours of work often make travel to and from hospitals difficult without the use of a car.

Indigenous Student Support

Logo of Aboriginal Services BCIT

In partnership with the Indigenous 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 Indigenous students are underrepresented in the student population and in the profession of nursing. To encourage and support Indigenous applicants the program has a dedicated admission process with five reserved seats for Indigenous students. To be considered under this admission category applicants must:

  1. Self-identify as an Indigenous 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 Indigenous services at BCIT to ensure students receive the best possible support and encouragement while in the program. Please visit Indigenous Services for more information on available resources.

Gabrielle Guidolin Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Kelowna Metis
“BCIT’s comprehensive approach to learning has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and clinical experience necessary to help me succeed in my career as a registered nurse.”

Gabrielle Guidolin
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Kelowna Metis

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