Health & Human Services

Admission requirements for individual programs can be found in the admissions tab on your program page. For more info, visit Health & Human Services.

Have questions? Educational advisors are available to help you through the application process. Call 1-800-715-0914 or email questions@nic.bc.ca.

General Admissions

To be considered for general admission to NIC

  • An applicant must have graduated from secondary school, or equivalent, or be a minimum of 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study and must also meet the program admission requirements.
    • Underage applicants, who are under 18 years of age, may request special admission by contacting their local campus and requesting an appointment with a counsellor.
    • The Office of the Registrar will provide an alternative application process for students who are both under the age of 18 and not a secondary school graduate within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  • An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or provide the following documentation, as applicable, as part of their application:
    • Proof of permanent resident status
    • Proof of convention refugee status
    • Proof of permission to study in Canada as an international student

Admission to the BSN program

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. The portfolio includes an online Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) screening tool designed to assess personal characteristics such as ethics, resiliency, empathy, communications and collaboration. For full details, visit the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program page.

Criminal Records Search

Criminal record searches are required, by law, from applicants to program areas that involve working with children or other vulnerable persons. Students may be asked for additional Criminal Record searches prior to field placements or professional registration. The cost of any search is the responsibility of the applicant. Criminal Record searches are required for the Early Childhood Care & Education, Health Care Assistant, Human Services, Practical Nurse and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree programs.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply

You can apply to NIC online through Education Planner BC

Step 2: Receive NIC communication

After applying you will receive an email from NIC to your personal email address to confirm that your application has been received. The email will contain instructions for accessing your myNic account myNIC allows you to, register for courses and pay fees. You will also be sent your North Island College email address. All subsequent communication from NIC will go to your NIC email.

Step 3: Submit your transcripts & program intake packages (BSN students see BSN program page for requirements)

You must submit your official transcripts to ensure you meet the prerequisites as listed your in course and/or program description(s). Students coming to NIC directly from high school may ask the Ministry of Education to submit final grades electronically. If you don’t have your high school transcripts you may be able to meet the prerequisites by doing an assessment. Details of the assessment process can be found on the assessment page.

Instructors may allow students to register in a course without documented or demonstrated prerequisites. In order to register, students must present an instructor signed Prerequisite Waiver Form.

Step 4: Qualify

NIC will review your application and determine if you are:

  • Qualified – you meet the requirements to take the program
  • Conditionally Qualified – you are registered in the prerequisite courses needed
  • Not qualified – you do not meet the prerequisites. In this case, you can meet with an educational advisor to discuss upgrading options to help you meet the prerequisites for the course you want to take.

Step 5: Get invited

Qualified and conditionally qualified applicants will be invited to NIC. Normally students are invited on a first-qualified, first-invited basis. Exceptions may include programs with identified selective admissions criteria, priority admission for certain applicants or reserved seating agreements with community partners. If a program is full, you may be waitlisted. You will be contacted when a seat becomes available.

Step 6: Pay your deposit and register

Pay your deposit through your myNIC account or through student services to secure your seat. See registration for details on how to build your timetable and sign up for your courses.

Step 7: Criminal Records Search

Criminal record searches are required, by law, from applicants to program areas that involve working with children or other vulnerable persons. Students may be asked for additional Criminal Records Searches prior to field placements or professional registration. The cost of any search is the responsibility of the applicant. Criminal Record searches are required for the Early Childhood Care & Education, Health Care Assistant, Human Services, Practical Nurse and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs.

Step 8: Pay

Tuition and fees are due by deadlines, as outlined in academic schedules and deadlines (Key Dates).