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Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Nanaimo (annually) and Cowichan (odd-numbered years only)
  • Campuses
    Cowichan

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  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $8080 Year 1
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2300 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Diploma

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Application Deadline Advice

Nanaimo Campus: applications are accepted for September entry each year between the first business day in October and March 31.

Cowichan Campus: applications are accepted for January entry every other year on odd-number years (i.e. Spring 2019, Spring 2021), and applications are accepted between the first business day in April and September 30.

Application Fee: $39.30

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent)
  • a university degree
  • be a visiting student from a college or university
  • be a transfer student from a college or university with at least 24 university transfer credits
  • mature student status (be at least 21 years old in your first semester)

Note: If you don't meet any of the admission categories you may be admitted as an "Unclassified Student". This allows you to register after other students, so course availability will be limited.

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C+)
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (B+)
  • equivalent

3. Biology

One of:

4. Math

One of:

  • Pre-Calculus 11 (C)
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (C)
  • equivalent

5. HHPN 001 - Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses (C+)

Non-Academic
  • Criminal Record Check
  • a recent writing skills course is recommended
  • volunteer experience in a health care setting is recommended

Admission Advice

1. If accepted you must provide the following for the first day of classes:

  • immunizations, including evidence of a negative tuberculin test taken within six months of the date of application, or evidence of an appropriate follow-up if the tuberculin test is positive;
  • CPR Level C Certificate
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) training
  • Proof of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training or approved equivalent prior to practice experience
2. Aboriginal students can apply for reserve seats by submitting an Access Initiative for Aboriginal Students form.

3. Enrolment in this program is limited. Admission is determined by:
  • meeting admission requirements
  • grade point average (GPA) scores ranking

English Language Requirements

Summary

If your first language is not English, you must have one of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of VIU's English Language Centre's University Preparation Program
  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) with no section under 56, or 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) with no score under 19
  • An IELTS score of 6.0 with no score under 5.5
  • A Canadian Academic English Language assessment (CAEL) score of 60
  • A score of 169 on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

View details on Admission.

On the above web page, you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

 

Out-of-Province

View details on Admission.

On the above web page, you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

BC Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission as a Transfer Student.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies cannot be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission as Transfer Student.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies cannot be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Mature Student

See admission details in General Admission Requirements sections referring to Mature Students.

International Student

View admission information for International Students.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For other admission categories check here.

Note: By scrolling down you can access the following categories:

  • General Admission Requirements - Unclassified Students
  • Admission on the Basis of a Previous Degree
  • Special Admission
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Program

 

How to Apply

View details on How to Apply for Admission.

 

 

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