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Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
  • Campuses
    Prince George


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    City of Terrace
  • Length
    136 credits (final two years on a UNBC campus)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6150 year one; Contact 250.960.5645 or
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1600 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by March 31 for September entry. To apply, please contact our partner institutions: College of New Caledonia or Northwest Community College. The fulfillment of admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the post-diploma program and is based on available space. 

Application Fee: $35.70

1) Program Admission Requirements

BC High School Graduates require the following for entry into the Baccalaureate Nursing Program:


1. All of:

  • English 12 or English First People 12 (with at least a 70% grade)
  • Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (with at least a 70% grade)
  • Chemistry 11 (with at least a 70% grade)
  • Biology 12 or the equivalent of Anatomy and Physiology 12 (with at least a 73% grade) within the past five years
  • two other approved Grade 12 courses*
  • a fifth Grade 12 course **
  • at least a 70% average


(*) Approved Grade 12 courses are: Applications of Mathematics, BC First Nations Studies, Biology, Business/Hospitality Management, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Civilizations, Economics, English Literature, Français, Français Langue Seconde-Immersion, French, German, Geography, Geology, History, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mandarin, Math Foundations, Middle Earth 12, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Mathematics, Punjabi, Social Justice, Spanish, Sustainable Resources, Technical and Professional Communications, Writing.

(*) Approved AP and IB (all standard level and higher level) courses can be used in place of any approved Grade 12 Canadian high school course.

(*) Approved Advanced Placement courses are: AP Biology (General), AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A or AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP History of Art, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B and/or Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP US Government & Politics, AP World History.

(*) Approved International Baccalaureate courses: IB Biology, IB Business Management, IB Chemistry, IB Computer Science, IB Economics, IB English Language A, IB Environmental Systems, IB French Language A and/or French Language B, IB Geography, IB German, IB Greek, IB History, IB History - Asian, IB History - European, IB History and Culture of the Islamic World, IB Latin, IB Mathematics, IB Further Mathematics, IB Music, IB Philosophy, IB Physics, IB Psychology, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, IB Spanish A and/or Spanish B.

(**) A fifth Grade 12 course = Any other of the approved Grade 12 courses, and also any Grade 12 course taught in the secondary school including locally-developed courses:  e.g. (First Nations Languages), career preparation courses (Construction 12, etc.), or others (Art 12, Band 12, Information Technology 12, Communications 12, CAPP 12, etc.) or any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.


  • submit a record of your immunization status. The following immunizations are strongly recommended: meningococcal C conjugate, influenza, diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella. A Mantoux test (PPD) for tuberculosis is also strongly recommended.
  • submit documentation of CPR certification, Level C, which must be maintained throughout the program
  • successfully complete a Criminal Record Check

Admission Advice
1. This is a four-year degree program and consists of 136 credits with 95 required credits in nursing. The program is available at three sites: Prince George, Quesnel and Terrace. College of New Caledonia provides the initial 2 years in Prince George and Quesnel, while Coast Mountain College provides the initial 2 years in Terrace. UNBC provides the final course work at all sites.

2. If your first language is not English, regardless of citizenship  or country of origin, you must submit the following evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission::
  • BC Secondary School English 12 or equivalent (70%); and
  • either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic, or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) for the year of admission

3. Admission Average = for all provinces, the best grade for each required course will be used (either the course mark or the course mark blended with the provincial exam). 

4. Self-identified Aboriginal applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for admission will be given priority for up to 20% of the first-year seats for the program.

5. Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to apply to the LPN Access option can click here (you will need to scroll down to find the appropriate admission requirements).

6. Students in other admission categories (eg - Admission from other Post-Secondary Institutions, Mature Student Entry, Special Entry) should refer to the UNBC Admissions page.

7. You are encouraged to contact an advisor for help with navigating the admission requirements.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you may meet the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission (i.e. within two years of application)
  • Completed 2 full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
  • A 70% final grade in English 12 or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • A 75% (B) grade in a university transferable English course
  • TOEFL internet-based score of 90, with no sub-score less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
  • A final grade of 2.00 ("C") or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170.
  • A final grade of 2.00 ("C") or better in an articulated BCCAT EAP 4 program.
  • A final grade of 2 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition
  • A final grade of 3 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)
  • MELAB score of 80, with a minimum 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment score of at least 70, with no subtest below 60
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA) with a grade of ("B") or better
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking 

1. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from English language requirement for admission. 

2. Click here for a full list of ways to meet the English language proficiency requirement.  

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. If your first language is not English, you must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English to participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as complete written assignments. See English Language Requirements for full details.



BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates can be found here.



Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces are found here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student, please check here.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student, please check here.

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission, please check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Information for other Admission Categories is found here.

These categories include:

  • Mature Student Entry
  • Interest Only (ie-taking courses for credit but not a credential)
  • Special Entry
  • Audit Only (ie-taking courses but not for credit)
  • Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student
  • Dual High School/University Credit

How to Apply

For details on How to Apply, please check here.

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