Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Nursing

Discover an essential understanding of people within the context of health and healing in today’s society.

UBC Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Brandy Hagel

What You Need to Know

Why study Nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities: Our graduates are in high demand. Registered nurses find opportunities in private enterprise, public health care, and government fields.

State-of-the-art facilities: Get hands-on experience with cutting-edge simulation technology, skill-building labs, and side-by-side interprofessional training. Combined classroom sessions and practical experiences ensure you’re fully prepared for your career.

Community partnerships: The School of Nursing works in partnership with the health region and communities to stimulate change and develop collaborative health-care solutions.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares nurses to be global citizens with lifelong learning skills. Our graduates practice safe, quality, evidence-informed health care grounded in humanizing the experience of health and illness.

Complete your UBC degree in Nursing to prepare for a professional licensure as a registered nurse. As a professional nurse, and a graduate of our program, you will be qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain, and restore patient health.

Registered nurses use critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills to provide compassionate and safe care. There are endless opportunities to learn and grow as a registered nurse, including graduate studies and certifications.

The program is reviewed by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Courses

UBC Okanagan’s Nursing program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to developing the skills required to gain competencies in the context of entry-level registered nurse (RN) practice in British Columbia.

Sample courses:

  • NRSG 113 — Relational Practice I
  • NRSG 236 — Nursing Practice II
  • NRSG 420 — Health and Healing VI: Global Health Issues

Click here to browse Nursing courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The School of Nursing offers three programs:

* Note: each of these programs have a possibility of a Summer Term in the final year of the program.

Prerequisites

British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12
  • Biology 11 and 12
  • Chemistry 11 and 12
  • Pre-calculus 11

Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university?

Visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements for the BSN, LPN, and RN programs.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose “Okanagan campus.”

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

Visit Planning your BSN Degree, for School of Nursing specific requirements.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC Nursing degree respected by employers around the globe. Explore nursing opportunities ranging from neonatal care to labour and delivery.

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Occupations

  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency nurse
  • Hospice/palliative care nurse
  • Labour and delivery staff nurse
  • Neonatal nurse
  • Nephrology nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse executive
  • Oncology nurse
  • Orthopaedic nurse
  • Perioperative (O.R.) nurse
  • Psychiatric/mental health nurse
  • School nurse
  • Staff nurse
  • Women’s health nurse practitioner

As a professional nurse, and a graduate of our program, you will be qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain, and restore patient health.

*Additional education or certification may be required for some fields and occupations (e.g., completion of association registration, a professional program, or other specialized studies).

Potential Employers

  • Hospitals and primary health care settings
  • Regional health authorities
  • Rehabilitation and occupational health departments
  • Governmental departments and organizations
  • Community, social, and correctional services
  • Clinics (ambulatory, medical, dental and community)
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care agencies
  • Large corporations and insurance companies
  • Government services (for example, penitentiaries, outpost nursing, the foreign service, the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Educational institutions

Further Studies

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, and PhD Interdisciplinary Studies (IGS) program, in which students may have a School of Nursing faculty member as their primary supervisor.


 

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Nursing program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.

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Brandy Hagel

Student experience: “Your nursing class becomes your family.”

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Elizabeth Andersen, Professor

“It is important to me that the students have the best experience possible.”

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Matthew Rigby, Alumnus

“What I love most about my career in nursing—that it’s good for the soul.”


 

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • The Health and Healing VI: Global Health Issues course (NSRG 420) provides undergraduate Nursing students with opportunities to work with diverse populations both nationally, within rural Canada, and internationally, in low- and middle-income countries.
  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

  • The Nursing program enables high-achieving students in the School of Nursing to gain additional research experience through the completion of an Honours thesis.
  • Become a research trainee at a research institute, centre, or lab such as the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Community Engagement

  • The School of Nursing works for the communities it serves. Faculty, staff, and students work to strengthen an understanding of public interests in community service learning and take part in “action research” opportunities. The School’s priority is working with community partners to stimulate action for positive change.
  • Third-year students have an opportunity in Nursing Practice VI: Promoting Health of Communities and Society (NRSG 324) to practise alongside community health nurses working with community groups.

Work Opportunities

  • Fourth-year students from the School of Nursing are extending the walls of their classrooms out into the community with practicum placements.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.

 

Welcome to UBC’s Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Nursing program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.

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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Familiarize yourself with academic supports designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of support programs, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
  • The Library’s Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas and pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and course work.
  • Peer mentors are a great resource—ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.

Sports

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Clubs and Associations

  • Join the Nursing Course Union to build friendships, get involved in advocacy, and gain better access to career resources.
  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining a club or society.

Living in Residence

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence at you.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan: What to Expect

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.