Priority Admission

Students with Aboriginal ancestry may be eligible for a priority seat in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Practical Nursing diploma, as well as Early Childhood Education, Human Services, and Health Care Assistant programs. Applicants will be considered on a first-applied, first-qualified basis for all programs with the exception of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, where a selective admission process will be used.

When there are more qualified applicants than seats, remaining priority admission applicants will be considered as part of the regular admission process. Or, the applicant may apply for priority admission again the following year. Please note seating is limited and all unused priority admission seats will be returned to the general application pool no later than the final payment deadline or 30 days prior to the program start date, whichever comes first.

To be considered for a priority admission seat, Aboriginal students must:

  • Self-identify as an Aboriginal person
  • Meet NIC’s general admission requirements, and/or specific program requirements
  • Provide one of the following documents to confirm Aboriginal ancestry:
    • a certified copy of a Status or Treaty card
    • a certified copy of a Métis card
    • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certification card, roll number, any other proof accepted by Inuit communities
    • a certified copy of a Nisga’a Card
    • proof an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act or on the Band list of a individual Indian Band or on the Inuit roll
    • evidence an ancestor received a land grant or scrip grant under the Manitoba Act or the Dominion of Canada Lands Act
    • written confirmation of ancestry from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
    • written confirmation of membership in a Band by a Band Council which has enacted its own membership code
    • a declaration by the applicant attesting to Aboriginal ancestry, supplemented by letters supporting the declaration from an official of a recognized Aboriginal organization
    • a certified copy of official documentation attesting to membership in a Native American tribe

Any applicant to NIC who self-identifies as Aboriginal will receive information on priority admission. Any Aboriginal student or person interested in more information may also contact an Aboriginal education advisor at their local campus.