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Admission Requirements

Potential applicants are strongly advised to view the ongoing version of the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar for the most accurate listing of program admission requirements.

Basic BSN Program Applicants

This applies to the following student groups:

  • High School Applicants
  • University Transfer Students

Students requiring general advising about program admissions, nature of program etc. should be referred to UBC Okanagan Student Recruitment and Advising (STRA). 

Contact: Student Recruitment and Advising 250.807.8521 

Admission from Secondary School 

Procedures, policies, and admission requirements to the University of British Columbia and the School of Nursing are specified in "Admissions".  Because of enrolment limitations, the academic standing required for admissions is higher than the published University minimum, and not every qualified applicant will be offered admission. 

Please be advised that there has been a senate approved change to the admission requirements for high school applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program effective for the academic year beginning September 2015.  The change includes the addition of the requirement of two courses; all applicants from secondary schools will be required to have Biology 11 and Chemistry 12 or equivalent.

Admission  from Post-Secondary Institutions

Transfer students who have completed transferable course work at another accredited post-secondary institution will be considered for admission. The minimum academic standing to qualify for admission to the University as a transfer student is successful completion of 24 transferable credits. A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be considered for admission, although a higher competitive average may be required. Academic standing is based on the average on all college or university courses attempted, including failures and repeated courses. In the case of applicants with more than 30 credits of prior study, the admission average is calculated on the basis of the most recently completed 30 credits. Transfer applicants should present transfer credit in Biology, Chemistry, English, and Mathematics. If an applicant is not able to fulfill these requirements at the post-secondary level, they must be fulfilled at the high school level. Students with unsatisfactory standing or who have been required to withdraw from another post-secondary institution will not be considered for admission.  

It is important to note that the curriculum of the nursing program at UBC Okanagan is different than the curriculum of the nursing program at UBC Vancouver. Direct transfer between the two programs is not possible.

Additional Requirements

Prior to the start of classes, all admitted students must present:

  • Current certification in Occupational First Aid Level I or Standard First Aid
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support, Level C. This must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Signed copy of  CRNBC Requisite Skills and Abilities Form.  
  • Results of Tuberculin Testing done no more than six months before the first day of classes, with evidence of appropriate follow up if the test was positive.
  • Criminal Record Check is required for students entering the BSN Program and are done through the BC Ministry of Justice, not the RCMP.
    • Criminal record checks are completed via an on-line process and have a fee of $28.
    • Students will be provided an electronic link and a UBC Okanagan School of Nursing access code in their welcome letter, which will be emailed to them via their Student Service Center account SSC in May or June prior to their entering the program.
    • Students need to apply for the criminal record check between June 1 and August 31 in the year in which the student commences the BSN program.
    • Applicants who have a criminal record may be denied admission or have their offer of admission revoked.
    • Applicants who have a criminal record and are seeking a pardon are advised to contact the Solicitor General of BC six months before the start of classes as it could be a lengthy process.

Additionally, the following vaccines are recommended for all health care workers (HCW):

  • Tetanus and Diptheria Toxoid (Td) - Booster doses of Td are recommended every 10 years, or as a minimum at least once during adult life.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella VaccineFor measles protection: two doses of MMR are recommended for all individuals born or or after January 1, 1957 who do not have a history of lab confirmed measeles desease.  For mumps protection: two doses of MMR are recommended for all individuals born on or after January 1, 1970; one dose is recommended for all individuals born January 1 1957 to December 31, 1969 who do not have evidence of mumps immunity.  For rubella protection, a single dose of MMR is recommended for all individuals who do not have evidence of rubella immunity.  One dose is considered evidence of immunity to rubella. 
  • Polio Vaccine - Primary immunization with inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine (IPV) is indicated for all who have not had a primary course of poliovirus vaccine (OPV or IPV).  If you have not been given a full primary course, you should have the series completed with IPV regardless of the interval since the last dose. Booster doses of IPV are not required in Canada.  
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine - Recommended because of potential exposure to blood or body fluids, as well as increased risk of penetrating injuries.
  • Varicella Vaccine - Indicated for those who do not have either reliable history of disease or serologic evidence of immunity.
  • Flu Immunization - Annual Flu immunization is recommended.


Applicants are advised that, if they choose not to complete this recommended immunization schedule, any outbreak of an infectious disease can have serious implications for their practice experience because of a requirement by the Health Authority that all those not immunized remain outside of the practice area.

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