at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Discover an essential understanding of people within the context of health and healing in today’s society while you prepare for a professional licensure as a registered nurse. As a professional nurse, and a graduate of this program, you will be qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain, and restore patient health.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: School of Nursing
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The four-year Nursing program prepares you to meet the professional practice requirements identified by the licensing body. Admission is open to high school and university transfer students, and the program also offers access points for Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. Entry to the Okanagan campus Nursing program is restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Experiential learning and research

As a student in the Nursing program, you can get active in the community through School Initiatives. In your third-year coursework you can practise alongside community health nurses working with community groups, and in fourth year you can extend your education further afield with practicum placements. You can conduct research throughout your degree as you engage in service learning projects and/or change projects, and in your fourth year you will also have the opportunity to do a Research Preceptorship, where you will work directly with a researcher.

Join the Nursing Course Union on UBC’s Okanagan campus to connect with your peers, get involved with student life, and explore career options.

Campus features

UBC’s Okanagan campus offers hands-on experience with cutting-edge simulation technology, skill-building labs, and side-by-side inter-professional training. This program received an award of excellence from the Canadian Association of Community Colleges.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

UBC stories

After graduating with a BSN and an MSN from UBC’s Okanagan campus, Vida set out to earn a PhD in medical anthropology, nursing, and anthropology of gender. In 2009, she was one of 10 women in the world to receive a $12,000 grant from the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund.

Vida Yakong, Nursing Read the full story

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
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