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.
|Start||Length||Credentials||Campus||Part- or Full-time|
|September||36 months||Bachelor Degree||Broadway||Full-time|
Post-secondary transcripts must be official (sent directly from post-secondary institution or submitted in a sealed envelope). Photocopies or faxed transcripts will not be accepted.
|Online||Fax / Mail||In Person|
|If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now.||Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and fax to 604.443.8450||Visit us at one of our campus locations.|
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Graduates of the program will have acquired the knowledge and ability to:
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).
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.
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.
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.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
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
CPR certificates other than CPR level C must be accompanied by documentation indicating the certificate includes the above
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.
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.
Fees and Other costs
|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
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|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Nursing Leadership (NURS 4261)||3.0 credits|
|Focused Preceptorship (NURS 4264)||12.0 credits|