Nursing (BScN)

CREDENTIAL: Bachelor's Degree

Get industry-leading training to provide safe, ethical, culturally sensitive, and person-centered care as a registered nurse in hospitals, communities, homes, clinics, and residential facilities.

Tuition: 21746*
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Length: 3 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Sep
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What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Maintain professional responsibility and accountability of nursing practice and professional conduct.
  • Apply clinical judgment in nursing practice based on evidence from nursing science, other sciences and humanities.
  • Collaborate relationally with the interdisciplinary team to provide healthcare services in the best interest of clients.
  • Uphold and promote the ethical standards of the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrate consistent application of knowledge, skills, attitudes, judgment, and professional/ethical conduct to promote patient safety at an individual and system level.

What to expect

This program is offered on a full time basis and is divided into eight terms each with a different clinical focus such as maternity, pediatrics, mental health, gerontology, community health and acute medical/surgical. Each term contains a clinical experience. There is also a consolidated practice experience provided at the end of Term 2, 3 and 6 designed to enhance the learning in previous terms. In Term 8, a final preceptorship prepares the learner for the role and expectations of the graduate. The clinical component offers students an opportunity to integrate theory to practice with emphasis on patient safety and patient-centred care. 

Each term must be successfully completed before the next one can be started. The VCC BScN Framework for Healing and Health Promotion integrates several theories studied in this program. This framework looks at the relationships between the person, family, community and population, environment, and nurse. 

A major emphasis of this program is active student participation. Throughout the program, instructors encourage students to become increasingly self-directed and responsible for their learning. Students are expected to come to class prepared for active participation in classroom, nursing lab and clinical activities. Course guides provide direction of learning for each class and/or lab. These guides may be presented online using the VCC learning platform Moodle.  The instructor acts as facilitator to promote a positive learning environment through activities such as small group seminars, group activities, case studies, and formative and summative lab activities designed to simulate clinical reality. Some courses may be offered in a blended delivery model.

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Admission requirements


Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is through a competitive selection process. Successful applicants are identified through a combined evaluation of GPA (based on the program pre-requisites) and a CASPer test result.

Application advice:

  • The BScN is an annual selection based program. You must meet all your education requirements by the date posted on the website.
  • If you do not meet the educational requirements on time, your application will be cancelled.
  • If you meet the requirements but do not receive an offer of admission, you must reapply and resubmit academic information if you want to apply for another intake. Applicants are not waitlisted for the following intake.
  • Under specific circumstances, an applicant who receives an offer of admission may request a one year deferral. Please review the defer request form for details.


  • 18 credits in first-year level university courses:
    • 6 credits in English:
      •  ENGL 1100 and ENGL 1200 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or
      • ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 with a minimum 'C+' grade, for students whose first language is not English and who have entered the program with an IELTS Academic or CELBAN English proficiency assessment
    • 6 credits in BIOL 1120 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and BIOL 1220 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent *taken within 5 years of the application date.
    • 6 credits of courses with a minimum 'C+' grade in Humanities or Social Sciences.
  • English Language Proficiency demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as Additional Language courses is not included in this three-year calculation, or 
    • IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0, and minimum scores of: Speaking 7.0, Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 7.0, or
    • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses)* with minimum scores of: Speaking 8.0, Listening 10.0, Reading 8.0, Writing 7.0 (NOTE: CELBAN is only suitable for those who have studied nursing in a country other than Canada.)
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by the following:
    •  VCC Health Sciences Math Assessment with a minimum 80% and a minimum of 7 out of 9 in the applications section.  If unsuccessful, it is recommended to complete the MATH 1054 Math for Health Sciences course with a grade of Satisfactory prior to re-attempting the Math Assessment. 
  • Submission of a CASPer score. CASPer Test scores are only valid for one admission cycle.


  • Criminal Record Check
    • Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate.  
    • Please Note: The regulatory body, the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives, asks each applicant about criminal offenses. If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offense (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.
  • Current CPR Level C
    • CPR Level C includes:
      • 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. 
    • CPR certificates expire one year from the date of issue. Current status is required for all clinical and practicum experiences.
  • TB Screening*
    • Students must submit a negative TB skin test taken within 6 weeks of acceptance to the program. If the TB skin test is positive, a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
  • Immunizations
    • An Immunization Record must be completed. 
    • Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended and in some case may be required for practicum placements:
      • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis 
      • Polio 
      • Measles, Mumps & Rubella 
      • Varicella (Chickenpox)
      • Hepatitis B 
      • Influenza 
      • COVID-19

*NOTE: Clinical facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations, satisfactory serum titers and TB screening.

  • N95 Respiratory Mask
    • An N95 respirator mask that is individually fitted by a trained provider, following CSA guidelines. 
    • The individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning the program. Mask fitting must be done annually. Students are responsible for the cost of the mask fitting.
    • The original certificate must be presented to the department on the first day of class.

Applicants with educational documents not from a Canadian or American institution must complete a comprehensive evaluation of education from International Credential Education Service (ICES)  in addition to the above admissions requirements. Applicants will be referred to the Department to assess eligibility.


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • 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 other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

Courses *

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.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program. 

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 21746
Student union512
College initiative387
Materials319 not including textbooks
Campus resource435
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 1100
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 1415
Program-specific extra fees0
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