What you will learn
Graduates of the program will have acquired the knowledge and ability to:
- Demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability for safe, compassionate, competent and ethical nursing care.
- Use knowledge from the biological, behavioural and nursing sciences and related disciplines in the promotion, preservation and restoration of health.
- Apply a process of critical inquiry and evidence informed practice to develop, deliver and evaluate holistic nursing care in multiple contexts.
- Demonstrate competency in professional judgement by applying ethical and legal principles to practice.
- Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team within an evolving health care system.
- Establish partnerships with persons respecting experience, diversity and choice.
- Demonstrates self-regulation by developing and enhancing own practice.
What to expect
This program is offered on a full time basis over 1.5 years. 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 the teacher will encourage the 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 to 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. Each term includes a clinical experience related to the particular client population. There is a consolidated clinical experience at the end of Term 6 which will reinforce the learning that has taken place over two terms.
- Graduate of a Practical Nursing Program or equivalent (transcripts required)
- Current Canadian registration as a Licensed Practical Nurse (proof of license required).
- Worked to full scope of Licensed Practical Nurse practice for a minimum of six months or 900 hours, and within the last five years, as verified by a letter from their employer.
- Three University Transfer first year courses equivalent to 18.0 credits, which include the following:
- VCC English ENGL 1100 and ENGL 1200 or equivalent with a C+ or better*
- VCC ENGL 1101/ENGL 1001 and ENGL 1102/ENGL 1002, for students whose first language is not English, and who have entered the PN program with an ELA score or any other second language assessment
- VCC BIOL 1120 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIOL 1220 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2, or equivalent within the last five years with a C+ or better
- Two terms (six credits) of one of the following Humanities courses: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or equivalent with a C+ or better
Please note: These courses are in addition to the credits of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.
- Upon successful completion of the University Transfer courses, students will then be eligible to take the 4 Bridging LPN to BScN courses: NURS 1357, NURS 1358, NURS 1359, NURS 1399. These courses are offered together in one term and need to be successfully completed within two years.
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
Upon Acceptance into the Program
- Criminal Record Check
In accordance to 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 Public Safety and the Solicitor General. Access http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/criminal-records-review/apply/index.htm to complete the review request. Applicants to the program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
- Current CPR Level C — CPR Level C includes the following
- Adult/Child/Baby CPR — one rescuer
- Adult/Child CPR — two rescuer
- Adult/Child/Baby — choking
CPR certificates other than CPR Level C must be accompanied by documentation indicating the certificate includes the above.
Please note: In Health Care your CPR expires one year from the date of issue. Current status is required for all clinical and practicum experiences.
- Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
- An Immunization Record must be completed (forms and more detail obtained per Registrar's Office). Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended, and may be required for practice placement in the program:
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (required on an annual basis)
- Chicken Pox
Clinical Facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations or satisfactory serum titers and TB screening.
- Respiratory Protection
Regulations stipulate that a properly fitted respiratory mask must be used when providing care to patients with suspected, known, or probable cases of acute respiratory infections. The respiratory mask must be a N95 respirator that is individually fitted by a trained and certified person. This individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning your program and is good for one year and must be performed annually. The original certificate must be presented to your program during the first week of classes.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- 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.
- Command of oral and written English.
- 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.
Please 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.
Program general hours
Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Practicums are two days a week (weekdays or weekends), from 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., or 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
This program must be completed within three years.
|NURS 3160||Mental Health Nursing||6|
|NURS 3163||Situational Transitions||3|
|NURS 3164||Clinical Mental Health||3|
|MATH 1111||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|NURS 3265||Nursing Research||3|
|NURS 3262||Pathophysiology of Acute Illness||2|
|NURS 3263||Multiple Transitions||2|
|NURS 3264||Nursing Clinical Practice 6: Care of the Acutely Ill Adult||9|
|NURS 3266||Focused Practice: Preceptorship Preparation||2|
|NURS 3370||Clinical Consolidation 3||6|
|NURS 4163||Community Health||3|
|NURS 4164||Community Health Clinical||3|
|NURS 4166||Canadian Health Care System||2|
|NURS 4168||Ethics in Health Care||2|
|NURS 4169||Health Law||2|
|Non-Nursing Elective *||3|
|NURS 4261||Nursing Leadership||3|
|NURS 4264||Focused Preceptorship||12|
Please Note: Courses taken for elective credit must be approved by the Nursing Department.
Please Note: Eligibility to move into the next term or clinical experience is dependent upon the successful completion of all of the other courses in the term. This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
5592 - Year 1
3989 - Year 2
0 - Year 3
0 - Year 4
|Materials||148||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||560|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
VCC Registrar's Office
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V5T 4V5