Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Program

Please note: The application deadline for the BSN program is February 15, 2018.

This collaborative partnership program was jointly developed between various educational institutions in British Columbia and Northwest Territories. Students entering the program will receive a Vancouver Island University degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Program requirements prior to May 2015 for students admitted in September 2014 and earlier

The Nursing curriculum was developed as a result of the recognized need for increased education for nurses, the changing directions in health care, and the recommendation made by the Canadian Nurses Association and the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) that the minimum requirement to enter the profession be a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The curriculum includes eight academic semesters, and three consolidated practice experiences. Each successive practice experience involves increased nursing responsibility in order to prepare students for their professional autonomous roles. During practice experiences, students could be working with local, provincial or international health care agencies.

The curriculum is based on the concepts of caring and health promotion, and has been developed in consultation with various government ministries and nursing theorists, practitioners and professional associations. Clinical experience is emphasized, as well as the need for thoughtful, reflective action as defined by the concept of praxis. The curriculum has some flexibility to address community needs, while maintaining transferability from one collaborative partner site to another.

Option A

Option A involves completion of the program in its entirety in order to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. On successful completion of 8 academic semesters and 4 consolidated practice experiences, and institutional Degree English Requirements, students will graduate with a degree. Students will write registration examinations after completion of the program.

Program Outline

Program Outline

Program Outline - Option A - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Year 1

Credits

NURS 100 - (Health and Healing I: Living Health)

3

NURS 102 - (Relational Practice I: Self and Others)

3

NURS 103 - (Professional Practice I: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing)

3

NURS 104 - (Nursing Practice I: Introduction to Nursing Practice)

4.5

NURS 110 - (Health and Healing II: Health Indicators)

3

NURS 111 - (Nursing Learning Centre II)

3

NURS 113 - (Professional Practice II: Introduction to the Discipline of Nursing)

3

NURS 114 - (Nursing Practice II: Coming to Know the Client)

5

NURS 175 - (Consolidated Practice Experience I)

6

BIOL 156 - (Nursing: Anatomy and Physiology I)

4

BIOL 157 - (Nursing: Anatomy and Physiology II)

4

Degree English Requirements

6

Semester Credits

47.5

Year 2

Credits

NURS 200 - (Health & Healing III: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives)

3

NURS 201 - (Nursing Learning Centre III)

3

NURS 202 - (Relational Practice II: Creating Health Promoting Relationships)

3

NURS 204 - (Nursing Practice III: Promoting Health & Healing)

5

NURS 208 - (Health Sciences III: Pathophysiology I)

3

NURS 210 - (Health & Healing IV: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives)

3

NURS 211 - (Nursing Learning Centre IV)

3

NURS 214 - (Nursing Practice IV: Promoting Health & Healing)

6

NURS 218 - (Health Science IV: Pathophysiology II)

3

PHIL 331 - (Ethics in Health Care)

3

NURS 275 - (Consolidated Practice II)

6

Semester Credits

41

Year 3

Credits

NURS 300 - (Health & Healing V: Complex Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives)

3

NURS 301 - (Nursing Learning Centre V)

3

NURS 302 - (Relational Practice III: Connecting Across Difference)

3

NURS 304 - (Nursing Practice V: Promoting Health & Healing)

6

NURS 310 - (Health & Healing VII: Promoting Community & Societal Health)

3

NURS 313 - (Professional Practice IV: Nursing Inquiry)

3

NURS 314 - (Nursing Practice VI: Promoting Health of Communities & Society)

4

NURS 318 - (Health & Healing VI: Global Health Issues)

3

NURS 375 - (Consolidated Practice Experience III)

8

Elective other than Nursing*

3

Semester Credits

39

* General electives: Any VIU course numbered 100 and above with content dissimilar to the BSN. Courses with a "T" suffix are not eligible as electives. Students interested in taking a non-VIU elective must consult with the BSN advisor.

Year 4

Credits

NURS 400 - (Professional Practice V: Leadership in Nursing)

3

NURS 403 - (Professional Practice VI: Nursing Research)

3

NURS 404 - (Nursing Practice VII: Engaging in Leadership)

4

Approved Nursing elective

3

Elective other than Nursing*

3

NURS 414 - (Nursing Practice VIII: Transition to Graduate Nurse)

12

Semester Credits

28

* General electives: Any VIU course numbered 100 and above with content dissimilar to the BSN. Courses with a "T" suffix are not eligible as electives. Students interested in taking a non-VIU elective must consult with the BSN advisor.

Updated 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • Minimum "C+" in each of Chemistry 11, Biology 12, English 12, and a minimum "C+" in one of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre–Calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12; or equivalents.
  • Completion of CASPer test.
  • Admission rankings are determined by a combination of GPA and completion of the CASPer test.

For detailed information about admission and selection criteria please contact the Advising Centre at 1-888-920-2221 local 6410.

Notes on Admission

  • Aboriginal students can apply for reserve seats by submitting the Access Initiative for Aboriginal Students form.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to use their VIU student number when registering for the CASPer test.
  • For more information about the CASPer test, including upcoming test dates, please click here.
  • Note: The following documents are required by the first day of classes.
    • Completed Immunization Requirements Form
    • Proof of C.P.R. level “C” training.
    • Proof of W.H.M.I.S. training. Courses are offered through VIU's Professional Development and Training for Nanaimo,Duncan, and Powell River.
    • Criminal Record Check. Fieldwork and/or practicums will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.
  • Students who have graduated from an approved Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program and who have practiced a minimum of 450 hours as an LPN in BC within the preceding two years will be given advanced credit for NURS 175.
  • Students who have graduated from an approved Health Care Assistant (HCA) program and have practiced a minimum of 450 hours as an HCA in BC within the preceeding two years, may request a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for NURS 175/Consolidated Practice I.  Contact the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advisor 1-888-920-2221 local 2267. 
  • Prior Learning Assessment credit may be available for courses in this program. Contact the Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, 1-888-920-2221 local 6260.
  • This program is not currently available to international students.

Note on Progression - Option A

  • Students are required to maintain a 65% ("C+") average in all courses with no grade lower than 60% ("C").

Start Date and Application Deadline

Option A: The program starts in September and applications are accepted starting the first business day in October. The application deadline is February 15. For further information check the Program Availability List.

Program Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Year 1

Amount

Tuition (40.5 credits x $144.86 per credit)

5,866.83

Student Activity fee (40.5 credits x $5.79 per credit)

234.50

Student Services fee (40.5 credits x $6.4 per credit)

259.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Uniforms, shoes, watch, and stethoscope (approximate costs)

500.00

Books and supplies: Year 1 (approximate costs)

1,900.00

Total

9,188.49

Year 1 - Intersession

Amount

Tuition (6 credits x $144.86 per credit)

869.16

Student Activity fee (6 credits x $5.79 per credit)

34.74

Student Services fee (6 credits x $6.4 per credit)

38.40

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $19.12 per month)

57.36

Total

999.66

Year 2

Amount

Tuition (35 credits x $144.86 per credit)

5,070.10

Lab Fee

78.03

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee)

205.93

Student Services fee (35 credits x $6.4 per credit)

224.00

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Books and supplies per year: Years 2-4 (approximate costs)

1,000.00

Total

7,006.02

Year 2 - Intersession

Amount

Tuition (7 credits x $144.86 per credit)

1,014.02

Student Activity fee (7 credits x $5.79 per credit)

40.53

Student Services fee (7 credits x $6.4 per credit)

44.80

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $19.12 per month)

57.36

Total

1,156.71

Year 3

Amount

Tuition (31 credits x $144.86 per credit)

4,490.66

Lab Fee

78.03

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee)

182.75

Student Services fee (31 credits x $6.4 per credit)

198.40

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Books and supplies per year: Years 2-4 (approximate costs)

1,000.00

Total

6,377.80

Year 3 - Intersession

Amount

Tuition (8 credits x $144.86 per credit)

1,158.88

Student Activity fee (8 credits x $5.79 per credit)

46.32

Student Services fee (8 credits x $6.4 per credit)

51.20

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $19.12 per month)

57.36

Total

1,313.76

Year 4

Amount

Tuition (28 credits x $144.86 per credit)

4,056.08

Student Activity fee (28 credits x $5.79 per credit)

162.12

Student Services fee (28 credits x $6.4 per credit)

179.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Books and supplies per year: Years 2-4 (approximate costs)

1,000.00

Total

5,825.36

Notes

Students are responsible for travel expenses for clinical experience.

Professional fees are the responsibility of the student. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) costs approximately $360 CAD, which is taken upon successful completion of the BSN program. Graduates also have to apply for a provisional graduate nurse license through the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) in order to practice nursing in British Columbia; this costs approximately $600 CAD.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Friday, September 1, 2017

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