Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

NIC offers a four-year degree in partnership with Vancouver Island University using the same concept-based collaborative curriculum, including leadership, advocacy, political action, nursing knowledge development and nursing scholarship. Settings include classroom, simulation lab, clinical and community, which offer diverse contexts to ensure students develop professional nursing skills to provide direct care and care coordination as part of a team in urban, rural and global settings.

Applications for the 2020 Fall intake will open Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and close Sunday, December 15, 2019


 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
Length: 4 years
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I had some pretty old ideas of what nurses do and I didn’t think it would be challenging enough. I thought it was taking doctors’ orders, not advocating for patients. Meanwhile, here I am now in the most rewarding and challenging degree ever.

Dawn Tisdale, NIC Bachelor of Science in Nursing alumna

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Program Requirements

Program Structure

On completion of eight academic terms and three consolidated practice experiences, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students will write national registration examinations after completion of the program.

NIC Term 1: September - December

BIO-160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
NUR-102 Relational Practice I: Self and Others
NUR-103 Professional Practice I: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing
NUR-104 Nursing Practice I: Introduction to Nursing Practice
NUR-105 Health and Healing I: Living Health
• Elective
Total credits = 19.5

NIC Term 2: January - April

BIO-161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
NUR-113 Professional Practice II: Introduction to the Discipline of Nursing
NUR-114 Nursing Practice II: Coming to Know the Client
NUR-115 Health and Healing II: Health Indicators
• Elective
Total credits = 18

NIC Spring Term: May

NUR-175 Consolidated Practice Experience I
Total credits = 6

NIC Term 3: September - December

BIO-260 Pathobiology I
NUR-202 Relational Practice II: Creating Health-Promoting Relationships
NUR-204 Nursing Practice III: Promoting Health and Healing
NUR-206 Health and Healing III: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives
Total credits = 18

NIC Term 4: January - April

BIO-261 Pathobiology II
NUR-213 Professional Practice III: Nursing Ethics
NUR-214 Nursing Practice IV: Promoting Health and Healing
NUR-216 Health and Healing IV: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives
Total credits = 18

NIC Spring Term: May

NUR-276 Consolidated Practice Experience II
Total credits = 8

NIC Term 5: September - December

NUR-306 Health and Healing V: Complex Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives
NUR-304 Nursing Practice V: Promoting Health and Healing
NUR-302 Relational Practice III: Connecting Across Difference
• Elective
Total credits = 18

NIC-VIU Term 6: January - April

NUR-313 Professional Practice IV: Nursing Inquiry
NUR-314 Nursing Practice VI: Promoting Health of Communities and Society
NUR-316 Health and Healing VII: Promoting Community and Societal Health
NUR-318 Health and Healing VI: Global Health Issues
• Elective
Total credits = 16

NIC-VIU Spring Term: May

NUR-375 Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) III
Total credits = 8

NIC-VIU Term 7: September - December

NUR-405 Professional Practice V: Leadership in Nursing
NUR-404 Nursing Practice VII: Engaging in Leadership
NUR-403 Professional Practice VI: Nursing Research
• Nursing Elective (See BSN Program Academic Advisor for options)
Total credits = 13

NIC-VIU Term 8: January - April

NUR-414 Nursing Practice VIII: Transitioning to BSN Graduate
Total credits = 12

June: Convocation & RN Exam


Completion Requirements

  1. In order to receive credit for courses required for the BSN program, the nursing student must achieve a minimum of 60% in each course (including electives), maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.33 (65%) over each academic year, and pass each nursing practicum. Practice experiences within the curriculum are a vital part of learning. Attendance is required in all practice courses. Students that miss more than 10% of a practice experience may be at risk for not successfully completing the course.
  2. A student who fails a required biology course will usually have to withdraw from the program until the course is passed. If a student subsequently passes the course, the student may re-enter the program, based on seat availability.
  3. A student who fails a required BSN course is withdrawn from the program and may apply for readmission to the program at a subsequent offering in the same term as the failure occurred. When a failure occurs in either a biology or a BSN course and a student is planning to reapply to the program, it is recommended that they do so as soon as possible. Re-entry to the program is dependent on seat availability and any conditions as outlined upon the student's withdrawal from the program. Failure of a required course may require the completion of a learning assessment and/or additional remediation prior to readmission to support student safe practice, currency, and success.
  4. Students who withdraw and/or fail two nursing courses are not eligible for readmission to the program.
  5. Nursing students are required to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Nurses Association and the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners and Practice Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.  Failure to adhere to these principles may result in the student being required to leave the program.
  6. There are four non-nursing general electives: two English (see below) and two general electives at the 100 or 200 level. All electives must be university-transferable. Go to to check course transferability. Credit for BIO-110 is not acceptable as a non-nursing general elective. In addition there is a 4th year Nursing elective.
    Option A: Students must take two first year university-level English courses from the following options. They must choose one of ENG-115, ENG-116, ENG-117, or ENG-125.* It is strongly recommended that students take ENG-117. For the second English course, students must take ENG-122 or ENG-127, or have previously taken one of the following: ENG-120, ENG-121, or ENG-126.* It is also recommended that all English courses be completed by the end of the second year in the nursing program.
    Option C: Students complete ENG-115, ENG-116, or ENG-117 before entry into the BSN program and then need to complete a second English course. They must take ENG-122 or ENG-127, or have previously taken one of the following: ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, or ENG-126.* Please note that credit will be given for one of ENG-115, ENG-116, or ENG-117. It is also recommended that all English courses be completed by the end of the second year in the nursing program. Option C students must also complete two general electives at the 100 or 200 level.
  7. The BSN program at North Island College must normally be completed within seven years from a student's entry to Year One of the program for Option A, and within six years for Option C.
  8. Option C: Students must maintain active College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC) registration.

*ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, and ENG-126  were retired  prior to September 2018 and are no longer available to take as an option, but will count for credit if previously taken.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the BSN Program

Application to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the 2020 Fall admissions intake will be open
on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and close on Sunday, December 15, 2019. If you have already completed one of
the Academic admission pre-requisites and you plan on retaking the course to gain a higher grade
you cannot self report a grade.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is through a selective admission process. Successful applicants are identified through the combined evaluation of GPA (based on program prerequisites) and a portfolio. Once transcripts are received, applicants meeting the minimum program requirements will be provided a portfolio questionnaire. The portfolio may ask for information such as:

• Personal understanding and experience with leadership.
• Concepts such as ethics, global health, cultural safety, and critical thinking.
• Personal experience receiving and utilizing feedback.
• Perceived success in engaging in a rigorous 4 year degree program.

The number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available therefore fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants are required to reapply annually for admission to the program, applicants are not waitlisted for the following intake.

For information regarding the roles of a professional nurse: or
Option A: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Prospective students must submit transcripts as proof of meeting the following academic requirements:

1. Grade 12 or equivalent (completing all the prerequisites below is considered by NIC BSN program as Grade 12 equivalent)
2. C+ in Biology 12 or Anatomy and Physiology 12 or NIC BIO-060/BIO-110, or equivalent within the last 10 years.
3. C+ in Chemistry 11 or NIC CHE-051, or equivalent within the last 10 years.
4. C+ in Provincial English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 or NIC ENG-060 or ENG-096 or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095.
5. C+ in Principles of Math 11 or Applications of Math 12 or PreCalculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12 or NIC MAT-053.
6. Applicants who are current high school students must submit interim transcripts and complete the Self-Reporting Grade form..

Option C: LPN Access to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree 

This option is currently under review.  To add your name to an interest list visit:  Join the interest list.

Priority Admission for Aboriginal Applicants

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has provided Special Program approval to allow priority admission for a selected number of self-declared Aboriginal applicants to this program beginning in September 2013.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has three designated seats for aboriginal students. Once the designated seats have been assigned, remaining priority admission applicants will be considered as part of the selective admission process.  For more information please refer to, or contact an Aboriginal Advisor at your local campus.


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Before Classes Begin

Once accepted to the program, but before classes begin, you are required to:
  • attend a mandatory group orientation session held in June. The admissions department will send you an invitation with details regarding the date and time of the orientation.
  • hold a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate (FAC-019), or equivalent, and have completed a Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) course (WSF-019). A photocopy of these certificates must be presented to the nursing program support assistant on the first day of classes.  It is your responsibility to re-certify Basic Life Support (BLS) before beginning Year 3 of the nursing program.
  • submit a completed immunization form. This immunization form will be sent to you by admissions once you are offered a seat in the program. This form should be validated by the public health nurse at your local health unit. This form must be presented to the BSN program support assistant on the first day of classes. Note: If the public health nurse recommends a rubella serologic test, a photocopy of the results of this test will also have to be submitted.
  • submit a Criminal Record Check permission form so that NIC can get your Criminal Record Check done. Admissions will send you this form when you are offered a seat in the program.
  • review the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals approved requisite skills and abilities (RSA) to meet entry-level RN competencies. These requisite skills and abilities are included in the information sent to you once you are offered a seat in the program and will be discussed at the group orientation session. You need to review these and decide whether you believe you are able to meet them. If you have concerns about being able to meet the RSAs, you should contact the BSN program academic advisor prior to the program start date.


Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

Students with previous course work from another accredited institution may apply to transfer course credits to NIC. For more information, refer to Steps to University Transfer or contact Student Services.

Your previous life, work or study experience, unassociated with formal education, may qualify for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Your knowledge and skills will be evaluated to determine if you meet the objectives for selected courses up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the program. To qualify for PLAR, you must apply to the program, meet all the program requirements and complete the PLAR before entering the program or one term before the scheduled course(s). The fee for each PLAR course is 75 per cent of the regular course fee. Refer to NIC policy #4-10: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. For information about which courses qualify for PLAR please contact the department chair for your program.
When you do not meet all of the learning objectives in a course(s) the assessment process may result in an exemption from some portion of the course(s). You will be required to register in the course and pay full tuition but your workload would be reduced. Note that eligibility for this process will be granted on an individual basis by the department. You must apply one semester in advance of the course start date. For more information please contact the program department chair.

To Be Successful

  • You will participate in online learning and will be required to submit typewritten essays and papers as part of course requirements. As a result, basic computer literacy and internet access are necessary.
  • In order to enroll in BIO-160, BIO-161, English, and/or elective courses prior to admission to the nursing program, you must apply to the University Studies program. College policies regarding advanced standing and transfer credit apply.
  • Accurate math calculations are critical for safe nursing practice. As a result, you will be required to complete a math evaluation with assessment services after you have met the admission requirements and have a seat in the BSN program. The goal for the math evaluation is 90 per cent. The intention of the evaluation is for you to identify your learning needs early and if you do not achieve 90 per cent, it is strongly recommended you seek remedial assistance in order to position yourself for success in the math components of the BSN courses. You will not be denied admission to the program if you do not achieve the 90 per cent.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Pamela Burton

Pamela Burton

Faculty, Researcher


Master of Nursing, (Athabasca University, 2007)

Registered Nurse


Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5072 | Location PNT - 211

Alan Dack

Alan Dack



Registered Nurse

Master of Arts (University of Victoria, 2019)

Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4250 | Location PNT - 213A

Heidi Deagle

Heidi Deagle



Masters of Arts in Health Leadership, Indigenous and Rural Communities (UVIC, 2019)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (UBC, 2004)

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology (UBC, 2000)

Registered Nurse



Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5086 | Location PNT - 212

Joanna Fraser

Joanna Fraser




Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4034 | Location PNT - 210

Rachel Goodliffe

Rachel Goodliffe



Masters in Nursing, Teaching Focus (Athabasca University, 2015)

B.Sc. in Nursing (University of Victoria, 2009)

Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4246 | Location PNT - 210

Vanessa Lamb Knox

Vanessa Lamb Knox



Master of Nursing, Teaching Focus- In Progress (Athabasca University, Expected Completion 2020)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (McGill University, 2011)

Registered Nurse

Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4113 | Location PNT - 121A

Tara Mayrhofer

Tara Mayrhofer
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4035 | Location PNT - 122
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Jan Meiers

Jan Meiers



Master of Nursing, (Athabasca University)
Registered Nurse

Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5068 | Location PNT - 217

Laurie Michaud

Laurie Michaud



Master of Nursing Degree with a teaching focus (Athabasca University)

Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4290 | Location VLG - ANX110
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711

Lynne Oberik

Lynne Oberik



Master of Nursing, (Athabasca University, 2009)

Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5061 | Location PNT - 122

Martha Russell

Martha Russell

Coordinator, Faculty


Master of Nursing, Nurse Educator option, (University of Victoria, 2012)
Registered Nurse


Subjects: Nursing
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4041 | Location PNT - 217

Evelyn Voyageur

Evelyn Voyageur

Aboriginal Education

PhD, Psychology (Stratford University, 2002)
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4054 | Location PNT - 209

Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree meets national standards of excellence developed by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.
You will learn through the program's concept-based curriculum, which centres on nursing for individuals, families, communities and society, and promotes critical thinking to help you identify patterns in nursing care. Core concepts such as leadership, advocacy, political action, nursing knowledge development and nursing scholarship are explored throughout the program.
Students in NIC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree learn about diverse peoples and communities from day one, including an understanding of Aboriginal health perspectives that have had a national impact. The leadership of NIC students at the Canadian Nursing Student Association has led to a resolution to ensure all registered nursing students across Canada understand Aboriginal health perspectives before they graduate.
The first year of the program focuses on health, primary health care and health assessment across the lifespan. You will practice in a variety of settings, such as community agencies, child care centres and seniors' centres, where you can begin to use your nursing knowledge and practice relational skills with healthy people. The focus of this practice experience is to participate in primary health care activities, prevention activities and holistic health assessments.
In the second year, the focus is on healing initiatives, related nursing actions and health challenges such as illness, poverty, illiteracy, loss and grief. You will have the opportunity for multiple practice experiences in a broad spectrum of nursing settings, such as intermediate care facilities, extended care facilities, community care, public health, hospital units, outpatient and day care clinics, occupational and environmental health centres. For example, in fall 2015, there were 101 students involved in multiple practice placements at 29 sites, with 503 placements overall.
During the third and fourth years, you will further develop your understanding of health and healing with a focus on community and societal health and examination of complex healing initiatives. You will have opportunities to practice leadership skills with an emphasis on the socio-political and economic context of nursing. You will also use complex assessment skills, including community assessment, and engage in a more advanced exploration of the discipline of nursing. You will have opportunities to practice in a variety of settings and placements that may include hospitals, seniors' organizations, schools, industry and community health centres.
NIC’s BSN program is a recognized leader in responding to the challenges Indigenous people in remote communities face in accessing adequate, culturally effective health care services. For the past 10 years, third and fourth-year nursing students have participated in practicums in First Nations communities on BC’s central coast and overseas.
Most courses are delivered in a face-to-face, classroom format with some select opportunities for online coursework. All BSN courses are on the Blackboard learning platform and you will access course materials through Blackboard.

Career Opportunities

The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts registered nurses will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 25,000 job openings to 2015. According to a 2009 study by the Canadian Nurses association, Canada will experience a shortage of almost 60,000 full-time equivalent registered nurses (RNs) by 2022.
In the past, graduates have found employment in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, mental health, public health, community care, travel nursing, international nursing, nursing with Aboriginal communities, gerontology, acute care (medical-surgical), critical care areas (emergency, intensive care units, cardiac care, operating room), maternal/child areas, women's health and nursing education. The opportunities for RNs are endless.

Practice Placements

Practice experiences in a variety of health agencies in the North Island region are essential to learning in the BSN program.
While the majority of practice placements take place in the Comox Valley or in Campbell River, it is increasingly necessary to utilize agencies in other North Island regions such as Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Alert Bay, Bella Coola, Tofino, Powell River and Port Alberni. You may be asked to attend practice in any of these areas and must arrange your own transportation/ accommodation and at your own expense.
Students are required to complete their consolidated practice experiences during the months of May/June, or July/August, depending on the availability of practice resources. Shift work in the practice areas may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, eight and/or 12 hour shifts.

Transfer Student - Seat Availability

To transfer from a partner site into NIC, you are required to submit official transcripts and sign a consent authorizing release of confidential information such as performance appraisal summary sheets and practice tracking records between institutions.
Transfer to and from any BSN program is dependent upon seat availability and articulation of curriculum.To qualify, you must meet residence requirements of both NIC and VIU.

Get a Head Start

To decrease your course load in the first year of the BSN program, you may take up to six courses for credit toward your nursing degree before admission to the program. The courses are BIO-160 and BIO-161 (two in anatomy and physiology for first-year nursing), two first-year university-level English electives and two non-nursing general electives (at the 100 and 200 level. See BC Transfer Guide). It is recommended that students complete these courses prior to admission.

For the two first-year university-level English electives:

Option A: Students must take two first year university-level English courses from the following options. They must choose one of ENG-117, ENG-115, ENG-116, or ENG-125.* It is strongly recommended that students take ENG-117. For the second English course, students must take ENG-122 or ENG-127, or have previously taken one of the following: ENG-120, ENG-121 or ENG-126 .* It is also recommended that all English courses be completed by the end of the second year in the nursing program.

Option C: This option is currently under review.

  • ANT-150 Cultural Anthropology
  • BIO-215 Introductory Microbiology
  • CRM-131 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CRM-135 Introduction to the Canadian Law & Legal Institutions
  • ESJ-100 Equity & Social Justice in Contemporary Canada
  • ESJ-101 Global Changes to, and Movements for, Social Justice
  • HIS-112 Canadian History: 1867 - Present
  • HIS-250 History of Women in Canada, 1600-1920
  • HIS-251 History of Women in Canada, 1920-Present
  • PHI-150 Critical Thinking
  • PHI-230 Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PSY-130 Introductory Psychology I
  • PSY-131 Introductory Psychology II
  • SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology I
  • SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology II
  • SOC-130 First Nations Sociology
  • SOC-212 Issues in Canadian Society
  • WST-100 Global Perspectives on Women
  • WST-101 Issues in Women's Health
  • WST-110 First Nations Women's Studies
  • WST-260 Empowered Caring & Feminist Practice

*ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, and ENG-126 were retired in September 2018 and are no longer available to take as an option. They will count for credit if previously taken.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do I apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program?
Applications open October 1 and close December 15, 2019 for the Fall 2020 intake

2. What happens once I apply to the BSN program?
The registration and BSN departments work together to process your application following the criteria in the selective entry guidelines.

3. Where do I find out more about the selective entry process?

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?
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.

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?
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 by email 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?
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.

9. I have completed my upgrading. Are there any courses I can take before I begin the nursing program at NIC?
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?
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.

11. Can I take upgrading at the same time as my electives?
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?
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.

13. Are there other requirements I will need to continue in the BSN program?
Yes, the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (previously known as the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia) has published a document called Requisite Skills and Abilities: Becoming a Registered Nurse in British Columbia. 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 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 CASPer Assessment. 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 and two program approved general electives) which will support the overall score of your portfolio.
5. Will students with the highest GPAs receive an offer to the program? 
Not necessarily. The portfolio carries a significant value in the scoring process.
6. What if I am not in the top 36?   
Applicants will be notified, by email, 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 emails will be sent out the end of April, beginning of May.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Grand Total
Tuition $4,385 $4,435 $4,230 $2,520
NISU Fees $185 $185 $180 $105
Lab Fees $195 $50 $120 $0
Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Learner Resource $235 $235 $225 $135
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275 $275
Total $7,275 $7,180 $7,030 $5,035 $26,520

Students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275 per year).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

Nursing profession

From research to education to policy to clinical care, registered nurses work in a wide range of practice settings. As the country’s largest group of health care providers, nurses lead the way in patient advocacy with a focus on public safety. Being a Registered Nurse is a commitment to an ethically-driven, caring professional.


What does it mean to be a professional nurse?

Being a Registered Nurse (RN) is a professional designation. Your practice is guided by a Code of Ethics and professional practice standards.

Nursing is also an all-encompassing role – it is something you become, not something you do. Being an RN is one of the most autonomous roles in the health care field. Your practice may include in-community care, research, patient advocacy or clinical care.


NIC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program

NIC offers a four-year degree in partnership with Vancouver Island University, using the same concept-based collaborative curriculum. Our program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and recognized by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP), formerly known as the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC). Our program received the highest level of accreditation from CRNBC – seven years with no conditions. This ensures our students are receiving the best curriculum and education to prepare you to meet RN entry-level competencies of the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals.

The BSN degree is a challenging, rigorous and rewarding program, combining the academic requirements for a Bachelor of Science with the requisite skills and abilities needed to enter one of the most demanding, rewarding and dynamic professions in the health care field today.



NIC’s BSN program is aligned with the professional associations that guide and govern nursing practices in BC and Canada. Below is a list of these professional associations and information on their mandates and roles in guiding professional nursing.


Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice of over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners across Canada. The CNA’s goals include promote and enhance the role of nurses to strengthen nursing and the Canadian health system and to shape and advocate for healthy public policy. The CNA also develops the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, which guides the practice of nurses across the country.


Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing is the national voice for nursing education, research and scholarship in Canada. CASN is the national accrediting body for nursing education.


British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)

Nursing in BC is a self-governing profession. The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals is mandated under the Health Professionals Act to protect the public through the regulation of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed graduate nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and licensed practical nurses.


Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA)

The Canadian Nursing Students’ Association is the national voice for Canadian nursing students. Its goal is to increase the legal, ethical, professional and educational aspects which are an integral part of nursing.


Nurse and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC)

The Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia is the professional association representing RNs and Nurse Practitioners in BC. NNPBC works closely with the Canadian Nurses Association to ensure a continuous and effective policy presence and voice among Canadian nurses.