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Q: Am I eligible to apply for admission to the BSN program?

You are eligible to apply to the BSN program if you have a bachelor's degree or significant progress (minimum of 48 non-nursing, undergraduate level university transferrable credits) toward a degree in another field of study at a recognized university and will complete the prerequisite courses by June of the year they apply for entry (i.e., June 15, 2019 for September 2019 intake). Note: Applied degrees will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Q: Is this an accelerated BSN program and how many months does it take to complete the program?

Yes, we offer an accelerated BSN program where students enter at the third year level and complete 81 nursing credits in 20 months (5 continuous terms). 

Q: Do you offer a direct entry 4-year nursing program?

No, students interested in a direct entry program should consider applying to UBC-Okanagan or other institutions offering 4-year nursing programs.

Q: When are the application and transcripts deadlines for the BSN program?

UBC Initial Application (online)  -  Deadline: December 1st

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

PLAR Review Application of Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses - Deadline: January 31st

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

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


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

Q: How would I find out if the courses I took at another college or university are transferable to UBC?

The BC Transfer Guide provides comprehensive information about transfer credit for courses taken in BC. Courses taken outside of BC will be assessed on an individual basis after an applicant has formally applied to UBC and submitted all required documents.

Q: I noticed that you don't grant transfer credits for nursing courses taken at other nursing schools. Does this mean you don't accept applications of nursing students from other institutions to the BSN program?

No. Applicants who are enrolled in nursing programs at other institutions are eligible to apply to our program, but they will not receive any transfer credit for nursing courses. Such applicants must meet the entrance requirements for the Advanced Standing entry: minimum 48 non-nursing, university transferable credits including 3 credits of English at 100-level and 6 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology. 

Q: I want to apply to the program. How do I do that?

There are two steps to apply to the Nursing program, and both can be done once you create an account and access the Student Service Centre. You must complete two applications - one for UBC and one for the School of Nursing (called the Supplemental Application).

Visit http://you.ubc.ca/how-to-apply/, read instructions and then click Apply Now. After you pay the processing fee and submit the Undergraduate Admission Application, the system will give you access to the Supplemental Application.

Note: Current UBC students applying for a change of degree program will not lose their eligibility in the current program.

Be sure to remember that there are fees attached to each application.

Q: What is included in the supplemental application which is submitted to the School of Nursing Student Service Centre?

The supplemental application includes: 
1) a personal statement that will introduce you to the committee;
2) a resume which showcases your education history, work experience, volunteer/community service work, leadership roles or activities, and extra-curricular activities (structured form provided in the application;
3) the names and contact information for two referees. Reference letters are not required. 

Q: What is the required minimum academic standing to apply?

Applicants are required to 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. Note: Due to enrolment limitations, the academic standing required for admission is much higher than the above average and is subject to change each academic year. 

Q: Which credits are used to calculate the grade point average?

To be eligible for admission into third year nursing, applicants need at least 48 non-nursing, university transferable credits. However, the GPA is calculated on the most recent completed 30 transferable credits up to December of the year of application, including any failed and repeated courses. In cases where counting back 30 credits lands in the middle of an academic term, the academic average of that term will be used for the remaining required credits to reach the total of 30.

Q: Is there a GPA score that will guarantee admission to the BSN program?

No. All applicants are evaluated on academic and non-academic criteria. Non-academic criteria are derived from the supplemental application which includes a personal statement and a resume describing work experience, volunteer/community service work, and extra-curricular activities. 

Q: How do I know if my degree is considered an applied degree?

An applied degree is typically a 4-year undergraduate program that combines theoretical instruction with practical work experience. It may be offered at a college, university or technical institute, and usually consists of a 2-year diploma plus two additional years of study.


Q: How will my applied degree be evaluated?

Due to their vocational focus, applied degrees will be considered on case-by-case basis. The Admissions Office will evaluate the coursework completed in the applied degree on a course-by-course basis to ensure that the 48-transferable credit requirement is met.

Q: If I have an applied degree from an accredited university where English was the main language of instruction, am I still required to complete a 3-credit university transferable English course?

Yes, applicants with applied degrees are required to complete a 3-credit university transferable English course.

Q: I have graduated from a university outside of Canada. How can I find out if my degree is recognized by UBC?

You can contact the School of Nursing at information@nursing.ubc.ca. Include the institution name, the country and the program taken in your message. 

Q: If I complete a prerequisite course during the Summer Session (July-August), will I be eligible to apply for the following winter session?

No, all prerequisites must be completed successfully with final transcripts submitted by the June 15th deadline for acceptance of offers. Interim transcripts for ongoing courses must be submitted by the document deadline of January 31st. 

Q: Where could I find information on the equivalents of English and Biology required courses?

The tables with English and human Anatomy & Physiology (HAP) course equivalents are available on the BSN Admissions website under Course Prerequistes.


Q: I have checked the table with the English course equivalents, but the English course I completed is not on the list. Do I have to take another English course?

If you completed a first year (or higher level) university transfer English composition course at a North American post-secondary accredited institution, you do not have to take another English course. 

Q: Could I have the 3-credit English requirement waived?

The English requirement may be waived if you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university provided that English was the main language of instruction during that degree.

Q: I have completed a 6-credit course in Human Physiology and have another on cellular biology. Do I still have to take a Human Anatomy course?

Yes. To be eligible for admission with advanced standing, applicants must complete an in-depth course(s) in both Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. 

Q: Does UBC BIO 155 still meet the human anatomy and physiology requirement?

We will accept UBC BIOL 155 courses completed by the end of April 2013 as meeting the human anatomy and physiology prerequiste. As of May 2013, UBC BIOL 155 will no longer satisfy this requirement. Courses that transfer to UBC as BIOL 155 will be considered for equivalency on an individual basis. You may check with information@nursing.ubc.ca regarding equivalency requirements. 

Q: I have checked the tables with the Human Anatomy and Physiology course equivalents, but the human anatomy and physiology course I completed is not on the list. What should I do?

You will have to submit a PLAR application to have the human anatomy and physiology course(s) reviewed. 

Details regarding the PLAR review process and application forms are available at https://nursing.ubc.ca/undergraduate-program/admissions  under Human Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisite - PLAR Assessment and Application.

You will be notified by e-mail whether the course meets our requirement. 

Q: Is special consideration given to applicants who have a bachelor's degree or to applicants who are Canadian residents?

Any applicants who have either 48 transferrable credits or a recognized degree are treated equally in terms of the application process. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority when offers are made for entry into the program.

Q: Do you accept a transcript sent from my address, or handed in?

For the BSN application, we do not accept official transcripts submitted from individual applicants or third parties. The official transcript must be sent by mail to UBC Enrolment Services directly from the issuing institution. 

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

Q: How do you select applicants and when will I know if I am accepted?

The admission average, supplemental application score and CASPer assessment results will be used in making the final admission decisions. We plan to inform all applicants of their status by the end of April.