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.
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This program is for individuals who:
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:
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Registered nurses work in hospitals and community healthcare settings around the world. Visit Graduating and Jobs to discover opportunities.
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Registration Requirements
Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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, contact BCIT's Disability Resource Centre.
Note: The BSN program curriculum has been revised effective for the April 2018 intake. The revised program matrix is listed below. Students that began the program prior to April 2018, please refer to the January 2018 cohort matrix [PDF].
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 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
Recruiters know BCIT Nursing graduates succeed. Our students graduate with the expertise and capabilities to work in a multitude of healthcare settings across BC.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
During simulation scenarios, students will work together. Teamwork is encouraged. Each student will be given a role at the beginning of the scenario:
Instructors partner with the students and act as facilitators and guides in the learning process.
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.Top
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 is required.Top
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:
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
"Nursing has provided me with the essential critical thinking skills and the knowledge base to succeed in my career."Tasia Lambert
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