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Progression and Advancement

The minimum grade for nursing and non nursing courses for progression within the School is 60%. The minimum cumulative grade average to continue in the program is 65%. Students must receive a passing grade in each nursing course to progress to the next nursing course. Students must satisfy the prerequisites, co-requisites and concurrent requirements for each nursing course.

Assignments and Examinations

Supplemental examinations and re-writes of assignments are not offered unless indicated in the Course Syllabus. The Course Syllabus will indicate whether re-writes of assignments or midterm examinations are possible, and the specific conditions that pertain will be outlined therein. The Course Syllabus will indicate the maximum possible grade and value that can be attained on re-write. Final examinations cannot be rewritten. Supplemental examinations are not an option.


Students must maintain current student membership in the College of Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia. BSN students admitted as Registered Nurses must maintain current practicing registration with CRNBC and provide evidence of it upon request in order to continue in the program.

Academic Standing

Students in Good Standing meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 60% in each nursing course
  • A minimum of 60% in each non-nursing course
  • An overall (cumulative) average of 65% or greater in all required courses

Academic Failure will result from any of the following:

  • A grade of less than 60% in a nursing course or non nursing course
  • An 'Unsatisfactory/Fail' Practice grade (See 'Unsatisfactory' Practice policy and BSN Student Guide).

Students who do not achieve the minimum grade average for promotion will normally be required to discontinue study in the School of Nursing until there is an opportunity to return to the program at an appropriate level.

Except in unusual cases, no student may repeat a nursing course more than once.

Students are also reminded that student misconduct/professional misconduct may result in requirement for withdrawal from the University and/or the School (See policy/guidelines regarding Misconduct/Professional Misconduct)

Although satisfactory academic performance is prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The School of Nursing reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the School if considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of nursing (see UBC Okanagan Calendar):

Re-entry Following Failure

A student who fails and intends to apply for re-entry into the BSN program must normally return no later than one year from the time of leaving the program and must apply for re-entry through Enrolment Services as well as through arrangements with the School of Nursing Associate Director. Concurrent registration requirements influence the decision about which courses must be repeated upon re-entry. A student who re-enters following failure in a practice course may be required to repeat and pass a lower-level nursing practice course and satisfy concurrent registration requirements for that course. A student who subsequently fails any nursing course will be required to withdraw from the program for a minimum of  two calendar years. A student who returns after the two-year waiting period will be required to enter the first semester of the program and to successfully repeat all nrusing courses including courses in which advance standing or transfer credit were previously granted.

Approved February 2011, School of Nursing Committee, UBC Okanagan

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