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Practical Nursing Diploma

  • Fall

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Applications completed by February 28 are considered for the next intake in which there is space

Application Fee: $47.76

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. High school graduation or equivalent.

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C+)
  • ENGL 081 (C+)
  • ENGL 091 (C+)
  • ENGL 099 (C)
  • CMNS 099 (C)
  • equivalent

3. Math

One of:

  • Principles of Math 11 (C)
  • Foundations of Math 11 (C)
  • Pre-calculus 11 (C)
  • MATH 085 (C)

4. Biology (in last five years)

One of:

  • Biology 12 (C+)
  • BIO 093 (C+)
  • BIO 111 (C+)
5. Practical Nursing Human Anatomy and Physiology course (PNUR 147 or equivalent) (in last five years (C+)


  • employment in the health care field or at least 30 hours of volunteer work with adults or children in an acute care, long-term care or community health care agency.
  • written reference describing the length and nature of your employment or volunteer experience
  • current Standard First-Aid certificate (16 hours minimum)
  • Basic Rescuer - Level C certificate (which must be maintained throughout the program)
  • any necessary identification documents - eg - birth certificate, marriage certificate, verification of change of name, landed immigrant status verification
  • information session
  • interview with a faculty member
  • Criminal Record Search
  • health assessment, completed by a physician, indicating physical fitness and emotional stability
  • immunizations
  • valid driver's licence

Admission Advice (all applicants)

1. You can go to UFV's Practical Nursing Diploma Program website to confirm admission requirements and determine:

  • What is assessed during the faculty interview?
  • How the applicant rating system (used for admission) is structured.
2. If English is not a first language you may need to complete ESL Advanced Speaking, Listening, and Writing course work before program entry.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UFV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following to enter full time academic study (minimum score):

  • Two years of study and graduation from an English-language secondary school
  • Completion of a degree, diploma, or two years of study with a 2.00 CGPA at an English language post-secondary institution recognized by UFV
  • A C+ grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, IB English A (Standard or Higher Level) or AP English
  • A TOEFL score of 88 (internet based),
  • A TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 320 (computer based) with a 4.0 TWE (essay) score
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • A UFV Composition Placement Test score of 48
  • A CAEL score of 70
  • A Cambridge score of a C
  • A CanTEST score of 4.5 with a writing score of 4.0
  • A MELAB score of 85
  • A LPI score of 30 (Level 5)
  • A UFV English as a second language assessment result equivalent to the completion of 80 level ESL writing and grammar
  • Completion of any course or test score with grades that meet the prerequisites for ENGL 105, ENGL 120, CMNS 125 or CMNS 155
  • A C- grade in a first year English or Communications course at UFV
  • A C grade in ENGL 099 or CMNS 099
  • A C+ grade in ENGL 081, ENGL 091 or ESL WG84
  • An Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 80 and an Accuplacer WritePlacer score of 6

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Beyond program admission requirements, you should also be aware of UFV's English language entrance proficiency requirement.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (detailed within the program admission requirements section for UFV programs within Education Planner).

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Complete program admission requirements for all UFV programs are detailed in Education Planner.

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:



Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (detailed within the program admission requirements section for UFV programs within Education Planner).

Many programs require applicants to have the equivalent of BC Secondary school graduation to meet entrance requirements. To determine the equivalency of BC secondary school graduation from other parts of Canada please click here.



BC Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from another BC post-secondary institution to UFV please click here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from an out-of-province post-secondary institution to UFV please click here.

Mature Student

Post-secondary programs at UFV normally require BC secondary school graduation (or equivalent) for admission. However, some programs accept mature students without secondary school graduation. Each program has specific admission requirements in place to ensure students have a reasonable opportunity to succeed. If mature student entry is available for a program, the requirements and minimum age will be stated. These program admission requirements are outlined for all of UFV's programs in Education Planner.



International Student

International applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12 (or near-equivalent standing) plus specific program prerequisites for admission to any UFV career, technical or academic program. In addition, minimum English requirements must also be met.

For more details on UFV's general admission requirements and English requirements for International applicants please click here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Special Admission - Any individual who does not qualify for admission through any of the other avenues may petition the UFV Academic Standards Committee for special consideration.

How to Apply

For step-by-step application advice to UFV please click here.

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