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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, 2016 for September 2016 intake). Note: Applied degrees will be considered on case-by-case basis.
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).
No, students interested in a direct entry program should consider applying to UBC-Okanagan or other institutions offering 4-year nursing programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, applicants with applied degrees are required to complete a 3-credit university transferable English course.
You can contact the School of Nursing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the institution name, the country and the program taken in your message.
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 30th.
The tables with English and human Anatomy & Physiology (HAP) course equivalents are available on the BSN Admissions website under Course Prerequistes.
If you completed a first year (or higher level) university transfer English course at a North American post-secondary accredited institution, you do not have to take another English course.
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.
Yes. To be eligible for admission with advanced standing, applicants must complete an in-depth course(s) in both Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.
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 email@example.com regarding equivalency requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.