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Full-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing 8875bsn


Note: Due to scheduling changes, this program will not accept applications for the April 2021 intake. The September 2021 intake will open for applications starting February 1st, 2021.

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester 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 has been redesigned for the April 2018 intake. The changes attend to advances in learning theory and curriculum design in nursing education. The redesigned curriculum meet standards of accountability to government, students and society for exceptional nursing graduates who will lead healthcare in British Columbia.

This curriculum will be a spiraled, 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 year round in three 14-week terms with breaks of two to four weeks between terms.

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 Professionals (BCCNP) 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 Program Entry 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.

Program Entry

CASPer Test

All applicants must complete the CASPer Test [PDF].

Visit CASPer to reserve a test date. Ensure you register for your test date at least three days before your preferred date. Last minute bookings are not recommended. Please go to the CASPer website for any information regarding the test.

CASPer results are only valid for a single testing cycle – September to August.

British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) Registration Requirements

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the BCCNP to be eligible for employment. To register you must meet the BCCNP 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 BCCNP'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.

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

This program is open to applications:

  • September 2021 intake: February 1st to March 15th, 2021

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

Indigenous applicants: Read about 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 competitive. 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

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

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). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

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 (online)

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: 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.

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Apply to program

Note: Due to scheduling changes, this program will not accept applications for the April 2021 intake. The September 2021 intake will open for applications starting February 1st, 2021.

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

January, April and September 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 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.

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through re-admission. Please note that applications are considered based on:
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  • Approved success plan: acceptance will, in part, be dependent upon the successful implementation of a plan resolving previous academic difficulties.

Note: Applicants who have not previously completed a portion of this program at BCIT must apply to Level 1. Direct entry to an advanced level (e.g. for LPNs or RPNs) is not an option.


If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you may be eligible to apply for re-admission.

Please refer to the BSN Re-admission Policy [PDF] to determine your re-admission eligibility and review student responsibilities.

Applications to each upcoming term are due by noon on the Friday of final exam week in the prior term.

Submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Costs of the Nursing program include education materials, CPR certification, criminal record check, annual face respirator fit testing, uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, copying, stationary, penlight, and transportation expenses.

Students will require the use of a vehicle to travel to clinicals. The hours of work often make travel to and from hospitals difficult without a car.

Face respirator fit testing is approximately $25 per year, annual re-fitting is required.

Uniforms and shoes cost approximately $350.

Information on obtaining a criminal record check and the fees involved will be mailed to students upon acceptance.

January 2018 cohort expenses:

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

These are general estimated costs and subject to change. Students may incur additional expenses.

*Education materials will include electronic and text materials.

Financial assistance

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


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 matrix

Term 1 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 1030 Practice of Nursing 1 4.0
  BSNC 1000 Nursing Knowledge 1 4.0
  BSNC 1020 Context of Nursing and Health Care 1 3.0
  BSNC 1040 Nursing as a Profession 1 1.0
  BSNC 1055 Communication in Nursing Practice 1 3.0
Term 2 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 2030 Practice of Nursing 2 6.0
  BSNC 2000 Nursing Knowledge 2 4.0
  BSNC 2055 Communication in Nursing Practice 2 3.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing* 3.0
*A minimum grade of 65% is required in LIBS 7001.
Term 3 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 3030 Practice of Nursing 3 6.0
  BSNC 3000 Nursing Knowledge 3 4.0
  BSNC 3020 Context of Nursing and Healthcare 3 4.0
Term 4 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 4030 Practice of Nursing 4 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention in Individuals and Populations 6.0
  BSNC 4000 Nursing Knowledge 4 – Health Promotion and Illness Prevention in Individuals and Populations 3.0
  BSNC 4020 Context of Nursing and Health Care 4 3.0
  BSNC 4040 Nursing as a Profession 1.0
  LIBS 7021 Health Ethics* 3.0
*A minimum grade of 65% is required in LIBS 7021.
Term 5 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 5030 Practice of Nursing 5 6.0
  BSNC 5000 Nursing Knowledge 5 4.0
  BSNC 5055 Communication in Nursing Practice 5a 1.0
  BSNC 5060 Communication in Nursing Practice 5b - Research in Nursing Practice 3.0
Term 6 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 6030 Practice of Nursing 6 6.0
  BSNC 6000 Nursing Knowledge 6 4.0
  BSNC 6020 Context of Nursing and Healthcare 6 4.0
  BSNC 6055 Communication in Nursing Practice 6 2.0
Term 7 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 7030 Practice of Nursing 7 6.0
  BSNC 7000 Nursing Knowledge 7 2.0
  BSNC 7020 Context of Nursing and Healthcare 7 1.0
  BSNC 7055 Communication in Nursing Practice 7 3.0
Plus a 3.0 credit Specialty Nursing Theory elective course.*
Term 8 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 8030 Practice of Nursing 8 7.0
  BSNC 8020 Nursing and Health Care 3.0
  BSNC 8055 Communication in Nursing Practice 8 3.0
Plus a 3.0 credit Specialty Nursing Theory elective course.*
Term 9 (14 weeks) Credits
  BSNC 8100 Practice of Nursing 9 11.0
  BSNC 8200 Practice of Nursing 10 8.0
*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.

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 7150 The Breastfeeding Experience 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: 141.0

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

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 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing program uses self-directed learning, small group learning, and problem-based learning 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. 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.

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

Program length

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


The minimum passing grade for courses in this program is 65 percent.

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 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.

    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 check?

    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


    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.


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

    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.

    During the home care clinical rotation, daily travel and transportation of equipment to several homes or agencies in the community may be required.


    Indigenous Student Support

    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.

    "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

    "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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