Admissions

We offer an innovative advanced standing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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. 

The BSN program is currently accepting applications for September 2018 intake. Please see below the sections  "How to Apply to the BSN Program" and "Important Application Deadlines" for detailed information about the application process. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Course Prerequisites

The following courses are required: 

  • First-year English (3 credits): English 112 is recommended or an equivalent first year or 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 on an individual basis.

Looking for approved English and Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAP) courses? Check the following lists:

Approved English Courses         Approved HAP Courses (from BC)             Approved HAP Courses (Outside BC)

Have you completed human anatomy and physiology (HAP) courses which do not appear on our lists with approved courses? Have you completed HAP courses listed in a different combination than the one mentioned on our lists? Have you completed HAP courses more than 7 years ago?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must go to the next section Human Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisite - PLAR Assessment and Application to check if your coursework meets the conditions for review and submit a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) application. If the coursework does not qualify for review, you need to take a course/course combination as per the  lists with approved courses.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisite - PLAR Assessment and Application 

1. Human anatomy and physiology courses which are not listed on our website must meet the following criteria for PLAR assessment:

                    a. The coursework must show at least 6 post-secondary/university level credits of human anatomy and physiology – at least 75-78 hours of  contact time:

                                     - 3 contact hours per week x 13 weeks over two (2) terms, or
                                     - 6 contact hours per week x 13 weeks over one term

                     b. The course(s) must cover the anatomy and physiology of the following human body systems:

                                    - Cardiovascular                                       - Muscular and skeletal
                                    - Digestive                                                 - Nervous
                                    - Endocrine                                               - Reproductive
                                    - Immune                                                  - Respiratory
                                    - Integumentary                                      - Urinary

                    c. The course(s) must cover HUMAN, not cell or animal anatomy/physiology content, and include both the STRUCTURE and FUNCTION of all body systems listed above.

                    d. The course outlines submitted with the PLAR application must be from the year when the courses were completed.

                    e. FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY: Course(s) must be completed within the last 7 years at the time of application (i.e., after September 2010).

NOTE: Applicants for September 2019 intake must present HAP course(s) completed within the last 4 years at the time of application (i.e., after September 2014).

2.  Applicants who completed human anatomy and physiology courses outside the 7-year time limit are required to provide supporting documentation to show current knowledge of ALL human body systems. In addition to the PLAR application, applicants must submit a current resume, a letter of explanation addressed to the PLAR committee, transcripts/outlines for additional HAP courses taken since the course(s) was/were completed, and other documentation they consider appropriate to support the application. Applicants who might qualify for this category include internationally trained physicians, practicing massage therapists, practicing doctors of naturopathy.

The PLAR committee reviews PLAR applications and determines if the coursework meets the required HAP content. The committee does not grant transfer credit. 

If your courses qualify for PLAR review, please click here to access the PLAR application (applications received during July-August will be reviewed in September). If the courses do not qualify for review, you need to take a course/course combination as per the equivalency lists. Further questions? Send an email to information@nursing.ubc.ca 

Minimum Academic Standing

To be considered for admission to the BSN program, you must have a minimum 70% average, or grade point average of 2.8 (calculated on a 4-point scale) based upon the most recent 30 non-nursing, university transferable 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@nursing.ubc.ca 

Advising for Prospective Applicants

Throughout the year the School of Nursing organizes information sessions for prospective students. Come hear from the BSN Admissions Advisor and UBC Admissions Representatives 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)

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

How to Apply to the BSN Program

Admission to the BSN program is a three-part process, requiring an application to UBC, a supplemental nursing application and an online assessment (CASPer). The application process for September 2018 intake is now open and closes on December 1, 2017. 

Step 1. UBC Application   

All applicants including current and returning UBC students must apply by December 1, 2017. 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:

  • Go to 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 $122.00 (CAD) 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 January 31, 2018.

Step 3. Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics – CASPer

All BSN applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. After you submit the initial application to UBC (Step 1), you will receive an email from the School of Nursing with instructions regarding the CASPer assessment process.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a current, working email address when applying to the program and update it as required. Applicants are strongly encouraged to check their email on regular basis throughout the application process.

For 2018 application cycle, CASPer is offered in November (2017), January and February (2018). Go to takecasper.com to register and sign up for your test. Make sure you register for Canadian Nursing School (2018 Admissions) CASPer. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. 

The fee to take CASPer is $40 (CAD). There is also a distribution fee of $10 (CAD) to send your results to the institutions you select.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com

CASPer test results are valid for one application cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. 

For further informtation about CASPer, go to the section CASPer – Online Assessment Process 

Important Application Deadlines 

UBC Initial Application (online)                                                                                                                Deadline: December 1, 2017

Supplemental Application (online access granted after submission of UBC Initial Application)       Deadline: January 31, 2018 

PLAR Review Application of Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses                                                      Deadline: January 31, 2018 

Official Transcript Deadline (including in-progress courses)                                                                     Deadline: January 31, 2018 

CASPer Assessment                                                                                                                                                        Offered in November (2017), January and February (2018) (to register and to find out the exact dates/times go to takecasper.com)

Official Final Transcript Deadline for In-progress Courses                                                                Deadline: June 15, 2018

Notes: 

  1. Late applications are not accepted. 
  2. We accept official transcripts postmarked by the deadline.
  3. If a deadline falls on the weekend or a statutory holiday, it will be extended to the next business day.
Academic Transcripts

All official transcripts must be sent to UBC Enrolment Services, postmarked by January 31, 2018. There are no exceptions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their official transcripts as soon as possible prior to this deadline 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. 

CASPer – Online Assessment Process 

CASPer is completed online and assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. Similar to our previous Multiple Mini Interview and online interview processes, CASPer’s scenarios focus on ethics, empathy, communication, resilience, critical thinking/judgment and teamwork. This format will allow all eligible applicants to be considered in the final admission decision process. In implementing CASPer, our goal is to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

 In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere provided that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure and review the sample CASPer scenarios available at takeCASPer.com. Also, ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. 

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 who complete the application 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. 

The admission decisions will be based on academic standing, supplemental application score and CASPer results.

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 Public Safety and Solicitor General  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 2017/18 tuition fees for Nursing excluding all other costs (e.g. books, housing) based on 48 credits (1st year) is $8,303.52 (CAD) for Canadian residents and $55,860.48 (CAD) 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. 

Email: information@nursing.ubc.ca 

Telephone: (604) 822-9754

Mailing address:

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