IMPORTANT NOTICE: The BSN program is currently under review. Please read the statement below. 

The UBC School of Nursing is currently engaged in a re-visioning of our BSN (entry-to-practice) programme. Until this curriculum revision process is complete and a new curriculum is approved, we cannot advise students of changes to our current prerequisites or admission criteria.  We do know that the current pre-requisites will not be reduced and could potentially be enhanced.  As new information becomes available we will post updates on our website. We anticipate that information about pre-requisites and admission criteria will be available late spring. We appreciate your interest in our programme and we are working diligently to provide information as quickly as we are able.  Please monitor the UBC School of Nursing website for updates.

The current prerequisites and admission criteria continue to apply to students who are seeking admission for September 2016.

We offer an innovative advanced standing program designed to prepare leaders in nursing practice. Students enter at the third year level and commit to an intensive full-time program of theoretical and clinical coursework delivered over five consecutive academic terms. 

To be considered for admission to the BSN program, you must have a completed bachelor's degree or significant progress (minimum of 48 non-nursing university transferable credits) toward a degree in another field of study. Note: Applied degrees will be considered on case-by-case basis. 


Course Prerequisites

The following courses are required: 

  • First-year English (3 credits): English 112 is recommended or an equivalent first year higher education English composition course. Exceptionally, this English prerequisite may be waived for students who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited university (where English was the main language of instruction during that degree).
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits): BIOL 153 (7 credits) is recommended or an equivalent human anatomy and physiology course/courses. As a general guideline, Human Anatomy and Physiology courses must have been completed within the last seven years. NOTE: As of May 2013, BIOL 155 no longer satisfies the human anatomy and physiology requirement. We will accept BIOL 155 courses completed by the end of April 2013 as meeting this requirement. Courses that transfer to UBC as BIOL 155 will be considered for equivalency on an individual basis.

Looking for equivalent English and Human Anatomy and Physiology(HAP) courses? 

ENGL 112 Course Equivalents           HAP Course Equivalents (BC)             HAP Course Equivalents (outside BC) 

Completed human  anatomy and physiology courses more than 7 year ago? Completed human anatomy and physiology courses which do not appear on our equivalency lists? You must apply for PLAR review. 

Apply for PLAR review

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for review of human anatomy and physiology courses early in the admission process. The PLAR application deadine for September 2016 intake is February 1, 2016.

Minimum Academic Standing

To be considered for admission to the BSN program, you must have a minimum 70% or grade point average of 2.8 (calculated on a 4-point scale) based upon the most recent 30 credits completed at the undergraduate level.

College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) Registration Requirements

When you apply to register as a Registered Nurse with the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) upon completion of the BSN program, you must meet CRNBC's Competencies and Standards for Entry-Level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia. It is important that you are aware of these requirements prior to applying for admission to the nursing program. 

If you have concerns about whether or not you meet the required skills and abilities for admission to or progression through the nursing program, you may contact 

Information Sessions and Advising 

Throughout the year the School of Nursing organizes information sessions for prospective students. Come hear from the BSN Admissions Advisor and University Enrolment Specialists about what you need to do to enter the program as well as tips and insights from current students.

         BSN Information Session Presentation (Admissions and Program Overview)

Due to the current curriculum revision process, the information sessions scheduled for Tuesday March 15, 2016 and Monday 9, 2016 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm have been postponed until further notice. The sessions will be rescheduled at a later date when confirmed information will become available. 

We offer phone or in-person advising appointments. Advising hours are Monday to Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm - email to set up an advising appointment.

Important Deadlines

UBC Initial Application (online)                                                                                                      Deadline: December 1, 2015

Supplemental Application (online access granted after submission of UBC Initial Application)       Deadline: February 1, 2016

PLAR Review Application of Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses                                                      Deadline: February 1, 2016

Official Transcript Deadline (including courses in-progress)                                                                     Deadline: February 1, 2016

Official Final Transcripts Deadline for In-progress Courses                                                                Deadline: June 15, 2016


1. We accept official transcripts postmarked by the deadline.
2. If a deadline falls on the weekend or a statutory holiday, it will be extended to the next business day. For Winter Session 2016, the supplemental application and transcript deadline of January 30th  falls on a weekend, and therefore has been extended to Monday, February 1, 2016.

How to Apply to the BSN Program

Admission to the BSN program is a two-part process, requiring an application to UBC as well as a supplemental nursing application. 

Step 1. UBC Application   

All applicants including current and returning UBC students must apply by December 1, 2015. Be sure to choose the BSN program offered at UBC-Vancouver campus.Here is a step-by-step breakdown:

If you have never attended UBC:                                                             

If you are a current or former UBC student:

  • Visit the online Student Service Centre and log into your CWL account.
  • Complete an Application for Readmission or a Change of Degree Program/Campus form depending on your status with UBC.
  • Current UBC students applying for a change of degree program will not lose their eligibility in the current program

Step 2. School of Nursing Supplemental Application

You will receive access to the supplemental application on the Student Services Centre after you completed the initial UBC online application and paid the undergraduate admission application fee. Log into your UBC CWL account to access the supplemental application forms.The supplemental application will include the details and contact information of two referees. Reference letters are not required. 

A processing fee of CAD $117.50 must accompany the supplemental application. This fee is non-refundable and is paid online when you apply. No application will be processed without receipt of this fee.

The supplemental application is due February 1, 2016.

Academic Transcripts

All official transcripts must be sent to UBC Enrolment Services, postmarked by February 1, 2016. There are no exceptions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their official transcripts as soon as possible prior to February 1, 2016 to facilitate early processing of applications.

An official transcript is one bearing an official seal and/or signature of the issuing institution sent directly from that institution to UBC Enrolment Services. Photocopies and legally certified (notarized) copies are not acceptable.

Official transcripts must be sent to the following address: UBC Enrolment Services, 2016–1874 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1.

Current and former UBC-Vancouver or UBC-Okanagan students are not required to submit UBC transcripts. They must submit official transcripts from any other post-secondary institution they may have attended. 

Selection Process

Since the number of qualified applicants normally considerably exceeds the number of places available, fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The process is competitive and the School reserves the right of selection of all students for admission and readmission to the School. While we consider all applicants in the final post-interview selection process, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

The School will select for admission those students who not only demonstrate academic potential but also most aptly display a motivation to study nursing and demonstrate the qualities, skills and clinical aptitude most necessary to be a caring and professional nurse. Selected applicants are invited for a selection interview. 

Interview Process

Important update regarding the interview process (as of November 26, 2015) 

The School has changed the interview process and we will no longer be offering the in-person MMI style interviews. We will be doing online video panel interviews between April 11th and 22nd - the exact dates will be confirmed in February/March. You will need a reliable Internet connection for the interview.

Selection for interviews will be based on an Admission Index calculated from the academic and non-academic requirements, and applicants will be ranked relative to other applicants. All applicants will be informed of their selection status by the end of the first week in April and those who are selected for an interview will be contacted through email by the School of Nursing Admissions Office. In early May, interviewed applicants who are accepted will be sent an email with the admission offer and details about the registration procedures. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified by email.

Post-Admission Requirements

Successful applicants will be emailed an admission offer package containing important information regarding accepting the offer and paying the acceptance deposit, orientation session, immunization requirements, Criminal Records Check review, and College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) registration requirements.

UBC School of Nursing students are required to comply with current regulations of the Provincial Health Authorities related to vaccine-preventable communicable diseases. Proof of immunization status must be made available upon request. Clinical sites may request this documentation from students at any time, and in preparation for or during clinical activities. Failure to provide documentation of immunization status may prevent a student from attending clinical practice, and thus may jeopardize a student’s ability to complete all program requirements.

The School of Nursing's immunization policies for undergraduate students reflect the directive from the provincial government regarding their influenza immunization infection control policy. These measures, for all health care workers, include either receiving the influenza vaccination (the preferred option) or wearing a surgical/procedure mask during flu season. If you have any questions or concerns about this or other required immunizations, please contact our Admissions Advisor.

All newly admitted students to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC), Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - Health Care Provider (CPR-HCP) certification and N95 mask fitting test.

Applicants who have been convicted of any offense, or given an absolute or conditional discharge, should consult with BC Ministry of Justice and the College of Registered Nurses of BC before applying to the program.

Tuition and Scholarship Support

UBC Tuition and Scholarships website offers excellent information on tuition, scholarships, financial aid and loans. 

The 2015/16 tuition fees for Nursing excluding all other costs (e.g. books, housing) based on 48 credits (3 terms) is $7,980.96 for Canadian residents and $42,238.56 for International students. Note: Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. 

As a nursing student, you will incur additional expenses such as books, supplies, student fees, accident insurance, annual CPR certification course, etc.Check out the Additional Program Costs table for a breakdown of estimated educational expenses.

The School of Nursing offers a variety of scholarships each year. Recipients for most of these awards are decided on by the Awards Committee . A few awards can be applied for and announcements by email with nomination forms will be posted on the School of Nursing BSN Blog and also emailed to current students.

BSN Admissions Blog

The BSN Admissions Blog was designed to guide prospective nursing applicants through the application process. Check the blog frequently for updates, reminders and announcements!

Contact BSN Admissions 

Admissions Advising Available: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm or by appointment. 


Telephone: (604) 822-9754

Mailing address:

BSN Admissions 
School of Nursing
University of British Columbia
T201 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5