Are ‘KN95’ or other types of particulate filter respirator masks allowed to be used for fit-testing?
KN95 mask are respirator masks made according to China’s standards, and although very similar, there have been some differences in the breathability, and observed inconsistencies in the level of particulate filtration, which have been found upon testing conducted in Ottawa and the US (See quote and reference links below). So, while KN95 masks may be acceptable for average consumer use, it is not considered safe for healthcare standards where a nursing student/ healthcare provider would be working in an environment with a high risk of direct exposure to various microscopic infective particles. Furthermore,
“Health Canada indicates the N95 and KN95 standards are similar "with respect to design, filtration, performance and materials standards." However, it says that "recent testing performed by the CDC resulted in concerns with some KN95 respirators (specifically those with ear loop design) that pose a difficulty in achieving a proper fit, which is essential for use." (Source: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/73063a-eng.php)
With that said, at this time we must continue to adhere to the list of healthcare provider approved masks referenced above. Please also ensure that your mask fit-testing provider is utilizing masks approved for Healthcare provider use and that their testing services are conducted in accordance with the CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4.02.
Can I apply if I have international transcripts/credentials?
Yes, we do accept international credentials. Please see http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/minim… to ensure that you have met our minimum requirements.
Can I get credit for courses completed at another university during my studies?
Yes, if approved. Many schools in Western Canada are part of the Western Dean's Agreement which allows graduate students of the member institutions to take courses at another member institution without having to pay the host university's tuition fees.
To start the program extension request, log into the Student Tracking System (https://sts.nursing.ubc.ca/) with your CWL. On the right side blue menu, click "Courses". On the new page, click the button "Request Transfer Course" and fill in the information. Once you submit, an automated email will go to your supervisor and program coordinator for their review and approval. Once their approval is granted the Student Support Office will complete the paperwork for submission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Schools not listed under the Western Dean's Agreement may qualify for other exchange agreements.
Can I still apply after the application deadline date?
Typically we do not accept any late applcations.
Can I still apply if I do not meet the minimum GPA requirements?
We do accept applications from students who may not meet our minimum requirements, but rationales are needed to justify the reasoning for not meeting the minimum requirements.
Can I take a graduate NURS course if I don't have the pre-requisite?
Please contact the instructor for the course to ask for permission (you can get their contact information when you click on the course in the Course Schedule section in SSC). If you are approved to take the course, contact email@example.com and we can register you for the course.
Can I transfer from master's program to PhD?
Students may be eligible to transfer from a master's program into a related doctoral program if they have completed the following requirements:
- Hold a bachelor's degree, and have completed a minimum of one year of study in a master's program with 9 credits at the 500-level or above and of first class standing (80% or better), and demonstrate clear evidence of research ability or potential.
Transfer directly into a doctoral program is normally accomplished after completion of the first year of study at the master's level and will not be permitted after completion of the second year. Transfers may not be restroactive.
Note: If a student transfers from a master's program to a doctoral program without completing the master's degree, the start of the doctoral program will be the date of first registration in the master's program. The student is expected to complete all requirements for candidacy (i.e., the comprehensive exam and candidacy exam/proposal defense) by the end of three years from the date of first registration in the master's program.
UBC MSN students who are interested in transferring into the PhD program:
- Are required to interview with the PhD Program Coordinator prior to application, and ideally within the first term of their MSN program. This is to ensure that the student understands the implications and requirements of the transfer, and is best prepared for success in the doctoral program.
- Are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of MSN core courses with first class standing (80% or better) prior to application to the PhD program.
- Are required to complete NURS 511 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice and NURS 552 Methods in Nursing Science prior to enrolling in the PhD program.
- Are advised to apply for a CGS-M award within their first Winter Term 1 of the MSN program.
Can I work while in the program?
That choice is up to you. Each student has an individual learning style, and manages time and commitments differently.
Do I have to be registered with the BCCNP to apply?
No, We do ask that you have eligibility to be registered by the BCCNP
Do you offer an online MSN program?
At this time we do not offer a fully online MSN program, we do however offer online courses each semester.