Nursing (BScN) Year 1 Entry

This full time program prepares graduates to become registered nurses providing nursing care autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals with people of all ages in a variety of settings - hospitals, communities, homes, clinics and residential facilities. The graduate will be prepared to plan, coordinate and provide care for individuals, families, groups and communities. The graduate is prepared to work in a complex, ever-changing health care system by the use of critical thinking skills and evidence-informed practise.

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national registration exams, and to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia. Registration through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia is required before employment as a RN in BC.

See the College of Registered Nurses website for more information on skills required to be a nurse.

Program Status: Accepting applications. (approximate 2 year waitlist)
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 36 months Bachelor Degree Broadway Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Graduates of the program will have acquired the knowledge and ability to:

  1. Demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability for safe, compassionate, competent and ethical nursing care
  2. Use knowledge from the biological, behavioural and nursing sciences and related disciplines in the promotion, preservation and restoration of health.
  3. Apply a process of critical inquiry and evidence-informed practice to develop, deliver and evaluate holistic nursing care in multiple contexts.
  4. Demonstrate competency in professional judgement by applying ethical and legal principles to practice.
  5. Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team within an evolving health care system.
  6. Establish partnerships with persons respecting experience, diversity and choice.
  7. Demonstrate self-regulation by developing and enhancing own competence.

This program is offered on a full-time basis. Each term must be successfully completed before the next one can be attempted. A major emphasis of this program is active student participation. Throughout the program faculty will encourage students to become increasingly more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. Students are expected to come to class well prepared for active participation in classroom and clinical activities.

All courses are presented in the form of learning packages. Learning activities guide the student through each package/module. The teacher acts as facilitator and expert to promote an environment conducive for learning through activities, such as guided discussion, debate, audio-visual presentation, and skill building exercises. The clinical component of the courses provides the learner with the opportunity to integrate practice and theory in a safe and caring way. This clinical practice encompasses a variety of supportive and healing measures.

Term 1 focuses on health promotion and prevention for individuals from infancy to adulthood. Effective communication skills, orientation to the practice of nursing and the process of health and healing are examined.

Term 2 focuses on adaptations to normal aging as well as support for the older person who experiences a need for nursing care, including the maintenance of medications.

Term 3 focuses on individuals of all ages who experience disruptions to health and healing and who require support in an acute care setting.

Term 4 focuses on the health promotion and illness prevention of the child and childbearing family. The process of health and healing in the context of the childbearing family are examined.

Term 5 focuses on individuals and families experiencing mental health transitions within residential and community settings.

Term 6 focuses on care of the individual and family who experience major disruptions to health and healing and require support in an acute care setting with follow-up in the community and home care.

Term 7 focuses on the health of populations as measured by the health status indicators and as influenced by social, political and physical environments, personal health practices, individual capacity and coping skills, human biology, early childhood development and accessibility of health services.

Term 8 is an extended consolidation of clinical practice at diverse sites.

Each term includes a clinical experience related to the particular client population. There are consolidated clinical experiences at the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6 which will reinforce the learning that has taken place over two terms.

Classes are generally held 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Practicums are 2 days a week, weekdays or weekends, from 6:30 am - 1:30 pm, or 6:30 am - 3:30 pm, or 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm (class times are subject to change).

Program Duration

The BScN degree program is 8 terms and should be completed in three (3) years. There is a possibility of extending the period of time for completion up to seven (7) years due to extenuating circumstances with appropriate consultation with Department Head or Dean.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Students’ progress in both the classroom and the clinical setting will be evaluated. Theoretical concepts may be evaluated through multiple choice exams, case studies and written assignments. The format of courses gives students, opportunities to practice thinking and acting like successful professional nurses. Therefore, professional conduct is expected in all theory, lab and clinical courses. Assessment of clinical practice will be based on mid-term and final evaluations.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Students’ progress in both the classroom and the clinical setting will be evaluated. Theoretical concepts may be evaluated through multiple choice exams, case studies and written assignments. Assessment of clinical practice will be based on mid-term and final evaluations.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  1. Three University Transfer first year courses* equivalent to 18.0 credits, which include the following:
    • VCC English 1100 and 1200 or equivalent with a minimum C+ or better in each course
    • VCC Biology 1120 and 1220 (Human Anatomy & Physiology), or equivalent within the last five years with a minimum C+ or better in each course
    • Two terms (six credits) of one of the following Humanities course: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or equivalent with a minimum C+ or better in each course

    Please Note:

    These courses are in addition to the full 138 credits of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

    *If your educational documents are not from a Canadian or American institution, contact the International Credential Evaluation Service. ICES is located at the British Columbia Institute of Technology campus in Burnaby. You must have a comprehensive evaluation of your education. For information, fee schedules and to request an evaluation application, contact ICES at:

    International Credential Evaluation Service
    3700 Willingdon Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
    Tel: 604-432-8800 Toll-free: 1-866-434-9197
    Facsimile: 604-435-7033
    Website: www.bcit.ca/ices
    Email: icesinfo@bcit.ca
  2. English language proficiency at a grade 12 level with a B
  3. Volunteer experience in a health care setting or employment in a health care field. Volunteer experience will consist of a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work with adults or children in an acute care or community health care agency. A written reference from an employer or volunteer coordinator that reflects the length and nature of the volunteer experience or employment in a health care setting must be submitted. (for additional information see Vancouver Coastal Health)

  4. Upon Acceptance

  5. A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program should be aware that some practicum placement in hospitals and schools may require completion of a Criminal Records Check indicating no relevant criminal record. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online
  6. Current CPR certificate which includes:
    • Adult/Child/Baby CPR- one rescuer
    • Adult/Child CPR - two rescuer
    • Adult/Child/Baby - choking
    • Barrier devices/pocket masks

    CPR certificates other than CPR level C must be accompanied by documentation indicating the certificate includes the above

  7. Health Requirements
    • Submission of a negative TB skin test. In case of a positive TB Skin Test, proof of a negative Chest X-ray is required
    • A completed immunization history.
    • Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended, and may be required for practicum placement in the program:
      • Pertussis/Diphtheria/Tetanus
      • Polio
      • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
      • Hepatitis B
      • Influenza (required on an annual basis

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students may be granted formal recognition in the form of “transfer credits” for knowledge and skills already acquired through completion of nursing courses at other institutions.

As well, students may be given credit for courses required for admission and/or for courses within the program, through the acknowledgement and recognition of previous learning. Applicants should note that the application of credit granted may differ for the purposes of admission, registration or graduation. PLAR applicants must meet with the BScN Department Head to discuss the process of applying for PLAR and what options might be possible.

Recommended Characteristics:

A caring attitude:
  • A sincere interest in people of all ages who require all levels of care. This includes individuals who are: mentally or physically disabled, experiencing life threatening situations, confused or requiring rehabilitation
  • Good command of oral and written English
  • Good manual dexterity
  • A basic foundation in mathematical calculations of decimals, fractions and metric conversions
  • Flexibility to adjust to early morning and evening practicum shifts, to a variety of clinical settings and locations within the Metro Vancouver area

Note: The regulatory body, the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia asks each applicant about criminal offences. If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offence (other than a minor traffic violation) you should consider whether your application for membership would be accepted. Registration to practice is mandatory in B.C.

Updated immunizations strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine and current influenza vaccination. Please review Important Health Requirements for the VCC School of Health Sciences.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $18,771
Student Union Fee $264
College Initiative Fee $336
Student Union Health Plan Fee $ 438.0
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $ 438.0
U-Pass Fee $ 1,501
Other Costs $21 - Graduation Fee
$375 - Campus Resource Fee
$277 - Material Fee
$212 - Lab Kit
$1,000 - Textbooks

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. For more information, see withdrawals and refunds specific to this program.

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Program Highlights

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics 1 (NURS 1160) 1.5 credits
Introduction to Collaboration (NURS 1161) 2.0 credits
Introduction to Pathophysiology (NURS 1162) 2.0 credits
Determinants of Health (NURS 1163) 2.5 credits
Nursing Clinical Practice 1 (NURS 1164) 6.5 credits

Term 2

Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics 2 (NURS 1260) 2.0 credits
Collaboration with Older Adults (NURS 1261) 2.0 credits
Pathophysiology Chronic Illness (NURS 1262) 2.0 credits
Transitions Older Adults (NURS 1263) 2.0 credits
Nursing Clinical Practice 2 (NURS 1264) 6.5 credits
Clinical Consolidation 1 (NURS 1370) 6.0 credits

Term 3

Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics 3 (NURS 2160) 2.0 credits
Professional Collaboration (NURS 2161) 2.0 credits
Pathophysiology Acute Illness (NURS 2162) 2.0 credits
Health Illness Transitions (NURS 2163) 2.0 credits
Nursing Clinical Practice 3 (NURS 2164) 6.5 credits

Term 4

Collaboration with Families (NURS 2261) 2.0 credits
Childbearing Family Transitions (NURS 2263) 2.0 credits
Nursing Clinical Practice 4 (NURS 2264) 6.5 credits
Child Health & Pharmacology (NURS 2265) 2.0 credits
Maternal Health & Pharmacology (NURS 2266) 2.0 credits
Clinical Consolidation 2 (NURS 2370) 6.0 credits

Term 5

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 1111) 3.0 credits  course outline
Collaboration Mental Health (NURS 3161) 3.0 credits
Pathophysiology Mental Health (NURS 3162) 3.0 credits
Situational Transitions (NURS 3163) 3.0 credits
Clinical Mental Health (NURS 3164) 3.0 credits
Nursing Research (NURS 3265) 3.0 credits

Term 6

Pathophysiology Complex Illness (NURS 3262) 2.0 credits
Multiple Transitions (NURS 3263) 2.0 credits
Nursing Clinical Practice 6 (NURS 3264) 9.0 credits
Focused Practice Preparation (NURS 3266) 2.0 credits
Clinical Consolidation 3 (NURS 3370) 6.0 credits

Term 7

Community Health (NURS 4163) 3.0 credits
Community Health Clinical (NURS 4164) 3.0 credits
Canadian Health Care System (NURS 4166) 2.0 credits
Ethics in Health Care (NURS 4168) 2.0 credits
Health Law (NURS 4169) 2.0 credits
Non-Nursing Elective (NURS ELEC) 3.0 credits

Term 8

Nursing Leadership (NURS 4261) 3.0 credits
Focused Preceptorship (NURS 4264) 12.0 credits