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Nursing: Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN)

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Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    Kelowna BC
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  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6237 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $3526 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January 15 for September entry. Early application is recommended.

Application Fee: $68


1A. Admission for Secondary School Graduates

Admission is competitive. Courses used to calculate the grade point average (GPA) are:

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • one other approved provincially examinable Grade 12 courses
Courses required but not included in the calculation of the average are:
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Principles of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12

1B. Admission from Post-Secondary Institutions

  • at least 24 transferable credits with at least a 2.00 ("C") grade point average. This work should include transfer credit in Biology, Chemistry, English, and Math.

1C. Admission from Okanagan College

  • completion of first two years of the Nursing program with at least a 65% average
  • a minimum of 60% in each course taken as part of the B.S.N. program

1D. Admission from Post-Secondary Institutions Offering Different BSN Curriculum - To receive transfer credit or advanced standing, you must submit:

  • a copy of their post-secondary transcripts;
  • evaluations from practice courses;
  • course descriptions and course syllabi (detailed enough to facilitate a thorough assessment of the content and evaluation processes of the course) directly to the School of Nursing.

Special Note: The curriculum of the BSN Degree at UBC Okanagan is different than the curriculum of the Nursing Degree at UBC Vancouver. Direct transfer between the two programs is not possible.


  • submit a health record that shows completion of required immunizations
  • provide proof of current certification in Occupational First Aid Level I or Standard First Aid
  • provide proof of a current Basic Life Support Level C Certificate
  • submit a signed copy of CRNBC Requisite Skills and Abilities List
  • submit a Criminal Record Check through the Office of the Solicitor General of BC completed no more than three months before the date of admission
  • competency with computers is strongly advised

Admission Advice

1. Nursing practice may be very difficult if you have back problems or latex allergies.

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Three consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • Four consecutive years of full time education in English in a country other than English where English is the primary language immediately prior to attending UBC
  • A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
  • A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
  • A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate English A (higher or standard level)
  • A CAE score of a B
  • A CAEL score of 70 with a speaking subtest score of 6
  • A CPE score of a C
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6
  • A MELAB score of 85
  • Completion of level 4 in Okanagan College English for Academic Purposes, with a grade of 70% or higher in each course
  • A PTE score of 65 with a 60 in Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 90 with a:
    • 22 in reading
    • 22 in listening
    • 21 in writing
    • 21 in speaking
  • A paper based TOEFL score of 55 in Reading, Listening and Writing and a 4.0 TWE score
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
  • Four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction in a country where the primary language is not English
  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus
  • If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver of the English language requirement

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed three years of full-time education in English in Canada, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Competency web page

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on BC Secondary School Graduation Admission check here.

For details on Yukon Secondary School Graduation Admission check here.


For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer for BC & Yukon students check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer for college students outside of BC check here.

For details on transfer for university students outside of BC check here.


Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here


How to Apply

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