1. When do I apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program?
October 3 to December 15, 2016 for 2017 Fall intake
2. What happens once I apply to the BSN program?
3. Where do I find out more about the selective entry process?
The registration and BSN departments work together to process your application following the criteria in the selective entry guidelines.
Scroll down or click here to go to read our Frequently Asked Questions - Selective Entry
4. How do I know if I need to take upgrading courses?
You may need to upgrade if:
your grades aren't high enough to meet the academic requirements listed in the current calendar.
your high school transcripts are not available.
you haven't completed high school or taken any other courses anywhere else.
you took high school chemistry and/or biology more than ten years ago. (There is a ten year time limit in effect on these courses for entry into BIO-160 which is a required course in the program. If you have questions about this requirement please contact the science department).
If you have questions about upgrading at NIC, you can contact your local Student Services office or an educational advisor. However, admission to the BSN program is dependent on successful completion of all prerequisite courses.
5. Can I take upgrading courses at NIC?
Yes. Please refer to upgrading and the Adult Basic Education program description for more information.
6. I have taken courses outside of British Columbia or at another college/university. How do I find out if they meet the prerequisites?
7. I have taken a university-level Chemistry and/or Biology more than ten years ago. Does this mean I have to repeat Chemistry 11 and/or Biology 12?
If you have credit for post-secondary (not high school) courses obtained at another educational institution and wish to use these either a) to become qualified for the BSN program, or b) to meet elective requirements within the BSN program, you will need to apply for transfer credit. If your transcripts are from a post-secondary institution outside of BC, there is a $20 fee for assessing transfer credit. You may be asked to provide course descriptions. Transfer credit forms are available at Student Services and on the website: Application for Transfer Credit form. Forms should be submitted as soon as possible. Please note that it can take six to eight weeks for processing.
Applicants that have completed university-level chemistry and/or biology more than 10 years ago must first apply for transfer credit. Once the transfer credit has been assessed by our Registrar's office, it will be reviewed by admissions and the science department and a decision will be made whether those credits meet the chemistry and/or biology prerequisites. You will be notified in writing about the decision.
8. Once I have been invited into the program, is there a chance of deferring my seat if I am unable to attend that fall?
9. I have completed my upgrading. Are there any courses I can take before I begin the nursing program at NIC?
No, deferral is not an option. The BSN program at NIC is a highly competitive program, and seats cannot be held from year to year. If you cannot accept your seat, you will need to apply the following year.
It is possible to take a total of six courses before you begin the nursing program. These are: two courses in anatomy and physiology for first-year nursing (BIO-160 and BIO-161), two first-year university-level English elective and two non-nursing general elective courses (see "Get a Head Start" section). This can significantly reduce your workload in the first year of the program. You may also choose to take an extra elective in preparation for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
10. Can I take electives at another college or university?
11. Can I take upgrading at the same time as my electives?
If you choose to take courses outside of NIC, you should consult with an NIC educational advisor as well as the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) Transfer Guide. For a useful guide, look for BCCAT's booklet "Transfer Tips," available from your local Student Services office.
Yes, provided you meet the prerequisites for the elective courses and registered in the appropriate program. Applicants wanting to take elective courses prior to starting the BSN program will need to apply to and register in University Studies at NIC. Please note, it is advisable to complete ENG-115 or ENG-117 or equivalent prior to entry into the BSN program if possible.
12. Can I take Biology 160 and 161 at another college?
13. Are there other requirements I will need to continue in the BSN program?
You must consult with an advisor in order to have the course approved by our biology department before you register for a course outside of NIC; otherwise you may not receive credit. BIO-160 and BIO-161 usually don't transfer in isolation and both courses may have to be completed in order to receive credit. It is important to note that a lab component for BIO-160 and BIO-161 is a requirement.
Yes, the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia has published a document called Becoming a Registered Nurse in British Columbia: Requisite Skills and Abilities. This document provides information about the nature of the activities that nursing students need to perform and the general demands of registered nurse education. You may want to review the document before you apply to nursing. This document can be viewed at online and will be sent to you by the Admissions Office once you are invited to the BSN program.
Frequently Asked Questions – Selective Entry
1. How are applicants selected?
North Island College uses a Selective Entry process with a point system reflecting a combination of components and the portfolio that is evaluated as a whole.
2. What grades are the GPA based upon?
All applicants must meet the minimum pre-requisites to be considered. Please refer to the Pre-Requisites listed with Option A (Admission Tab on the BSN webpage).
3. How are the applications evaluated?
The portfolio evaluation includes: GPA, non-nursing graduation requirements (BIO-160/161; ENG courses and two program-approved general electives), residency and a questionnaire. Points are awarded in each of these areas. The top 36 applicants will be sent a letter of invitation.
4. What else will be assessed in the Selective Entry Portfolio?
Proof of residency and completion of non-nursing graduation requirements (BIO-160/161, two English courses, two program approved general electives) which will support the overall score of your portfolio.5
5. Will students with the highest GPAs receive an offer to the program?
Not necessarily. The questionnaire responses carry a significant value in the scoring process. The questionnaire was designed for applicants with all types of experience. Responses to the questionnaire can be based on any volunteer, work, sport, educational or ‘general life’ experience.
6. What if I am not in the top 36?
Applicants will be notified, in writing, if they have not been selected. Some applicants may be placed on a temporary waitlist in the event that a seat becomes available. Applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply in following years.
7. When will the invitations be sent out?
Invitation letters will be sent out during the end of March or the first week of April.