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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Years 1 and 2)

Okanagan College (OC), in partnership with the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus (UBCO) offers Years one and two of the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program offered at UBCO. Both programs are recognized by the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

OC students who successfully complete all courses in Years 1 and 2, according to the requirements listed below, will be granted admission to the BSN program at UBCO to complete the final two years of the program.

Admission to the Nursing program at UBCO cannot be guaranteed for students who take a leave after completing the first two years of the program at Okanagan College.

OC applicants are advised to consult the admissions section of the Academic Calendar for UBC and the program specific admission requirements.

Requirements for transfer to UBCO are:

  • A minimum grade of 60 in each nursing course;
  • A minimum grade of 60 in each non-nursing course taken as part of the BSN program; and,
  • An overall (cumulative) grade average of 65 or greater.
  • Students completing BSN Years 1 and 2 with no more than one semester where their GPA is below 65 (but at least 60) who have satisfactorily completed BSN Year 1 and 2 practice courses will be admitted to UBCO and placed on academic probation for BSN Year 3.

It is important for students to note that the curriculum of the nursing program at OC and UBCO is different than the curriculum of the nursing program at UBC's Vancouver Campus.  The partnership between OC and UBCO does not provide for direct transfer to UBC's Vancouver Campus.

Following successful completion of the four-year BSN program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) - RN and to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the BCCNP. 

Upon graduation and application to be a registered nurse, graduates are required to meet the Competencies in the Context of Entry-Level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia and the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses in British Columbia.  For students to obtain the Competencies for Entry Level Registered Nursing Practice certain basic skills and abilities are required and it is important that students are aware of these prior to applying for admission to the nursing program.  The requirements are called the Requisite Skills and Abilities and can be viewed at https://www.bccnp.ca/becoming_a_nurse/Pages/Requisite_skills_abilities.aspx.

Program Goals

Learning outcomes within each course in the BSN program are achieved by the interaction among students, clients, faculty, and practice partners in a process of lifelong learning.  At completion of the nursing program, graduates will:

  1. Practice nursing within a framework of promoting health and healing through the integration of the art and science of nursing within a variety of contexts and with diverse client populations.
  2. Be accountable practitioners providing care and making decisions based on relationships with others, nursing knowledge, and different ways of knowing.
  3. Influence the current reality and future of nursing practice and health care at the economic, political, social, environmental and professional levels by anticipating and responding to the changing needs of society.
  4. Be critically reflective, independent and motivated practitioners with an inquiry approach to lifelong learning.

Overview of the Program

The BSN Program, Years 1 and 2, at Okanagan College offers the same courses as the first two years of the BSN program at UBCO. 

Each year has two semesters, during which the student takes classroom, lab and practice courses. The courses focus on Nursing, Biology, and English. Practice experiences are an integral part of the nursing program and may be offered at various sites (e.g. hospitals, residential care facilities, and community agencies) throughout the Okanagan Valley. Students are responsible for transportation to various practice sites.

A program outline for BSN Years 1 and 2 is listed below. There are 66 required credits in Years 1 and 2 at OC. The 64 credits required in Years 3 and 4 at UBCO must be taken at UBCO to meet residency requirements.  To view an outline of Years 3 and 4 of the program, please see the UBCO Calendar. http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=18,288,1076,0

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. senior secondary graduation or equivalent as of the first day of classes.
  • Biology 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Biology course.
  • Biology 12 or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education Biology course.
  • Chemistry 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Chemistry course.
  • Chemistry 12 or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education Chemistry course.
  • English 12 with minimum 70% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
    • Pre-Calculus Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
  • One other approved Grade 12 course (see list of approved courses below).

Approved Grade 12 Courses

The following courses are approved Grade 12 courses:

  • Advanced Placement courses
  • International Baccalaureate courses
  • American Sign Language 12
  • Arabic 12
  • B.C. First Nations Studies 12
  • Biology 12
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Computer Information Systems 12
  • Computer Programming 12
  • Croatian 12
  • Economics 12
  • English Literature 12
  • Francais Langue 12 or French 12 (but not both)
  • Geography 12
  • Geology 12
  • German 12
  • Halq'emeylem 12
  • Heiltsuk 12
  • History 12
  • Hul'q'umi'num 12
  • Italian 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Korean 12
  • Kwak'wala 12
  • Liqwala/Kwak'wala 12
  • Law 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • nsiylxcen (Okanagan Language) 12
  • Ntekepmxcin 12
  • Nuu-chah-nulth 12
  • Physics 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 (but not both)
  • Punjabi 12
  • Russian 12
  • Secwepemctsin (Shuswap Language) 12
  • Shashishalhem (Sechelt Language) 12
  • Sm'algyax 12
  • Sim'algaxhl Nisga'a 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Sustainable Resources 12
  • Tsek'ene 12
  • Upper St'at'imcets 12

Courses taught in French can be used for admission, but Francais 12 cannot be used in place of English 12. All courses must be completed by June.

A minimum average of 67 is required in four approved Grade 12 courses. The four approved courses must include:

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course or the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) text with a minimum score of Level 5 (equivalent to 70 for English 12, English 12 First Peoples, or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course for the purpose of admission averaging);
  • Biology 12 or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education Biology course
  • Chemistry 12 or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education Chemistry course; and
  • One other approved Grade 12 course. 

Note: Grade 11 courses will not be used in the admission average but are required for admission. Because of enrolment limitations, the academic standing required for admission is higher than the published minimum and not every qualified applicant will be offered admission.

Applicants applying to the program with university-level course work

Applicants with prior university-level course work should present three credits of English, Mathematics and Chemistry and six credits of Biology. An example of this credit at OC which meets these requirements are:

  • ENGL 100, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, or ENGL 153
  • MATH 120, MATH 112, or MATH 122
  • CHEM 112, CHEM 111, or CHEM 121
  • BIOL 112 and BIOL 122, or BIOL 111 and BIOL 121, or BIOL 131 and BIOL 133, or BIOL 231 and BIOL 235

If an applicant has not fulfilled these requirements at the post-secondary level, the program prerequisites must be satisfied at the high school level. For example, if an applicant submits English and Mathematics university course work, they will need to provide Chemistry and Biology course work at the Grade 11 and 12 level.

Applicants completing and submitting credit from another university or college in B.C. should check the BC Transfer guide to ensure their course work is equivalent to the OC courses listed above. Out of province applicants should submit their transcript to OC as soon as possible to determine transferability.

Applicants who are unable to fulfill these university credit requirements must meet these requirements at the secondary school level.

Regardless of the number of credits earned, students with unsatisfactory standing or who have been required to withdraw from another post-secondary institution will only be considered for admission upon approval of the Dean and Registrar. Students who have completed course work, transferable to UBCO, at Okanagan College or another accredited post-secondary institution will be considered for admission. A minimum grade average of 65 is required to be considered for admission.

Depending on the amount of transferable courses the student has completed, the admission average is calculated as follows:

  • 0-6 credits taken - admission average based on high school average only
  • 7-23 credits taken - admission average based on high school average and college GPA (calculated using all transferable credits taken)
  • 24-30 credits taken - admission average based on college GPA (calculated using all transferable credits taken)
  • More than 30 credits taken - admission average based on the 30 most recently completed transferable credits

Post-secondary courses that were taken more than 10 years ago may be accepted for admission, but will not be used for transfer credits within the BSN program.

Applicants to the OC BSN program, Years 1 and 2, with prior post-secondary education credits (transferable to UBCO), may not be able to apply these credits towards their nursing degree at UBCO due to UBC's residency requirements. Applicants with transfer credit are advised to consult with Academic Advising at UBCO.

Once the general admission requirements are met, regular applicants and transfer applicants are ranked in separate categories according to grade average in the required courses. Seats are offered to applicants in rank order beginning with those that have the highest average from each category. The class will have the same proportion of regular and transfer students as the applicant pool. All interim grades must be received by Okanagan College by February 28 at 4 p.m. Failure to submit interim grades will result in cancellation of your application.

Because of enrolment limitations, not every qualified applicant will be admitted.

Additional Requirements - All Applicants

Admission requirements to be submitted as part of the admissions process:

  • Current certification in Occupational First Aid Level I or Standard First Aid.
  • Current certification in CPR Level C. This must be maintained throughout the program.  
  • A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Okanagan College's admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General's Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Failure to provide a clearance letter by the deadline will result in a cancellation of the applicant's admission application.
  • Results of tuberculin testing done no more than six months before the date of application, with evidence of appropriate follow up if the test was positive.

Program requirements: The following information will be collected on the first day of class by the instructor:

  • Up-to-date Immunization Record based on vaccinations listed below. Applicants are advised that, if they choose not to complete this recommended immunization schedule, any outbreak of an infectious disease can have serious implications for their practice experience because of a requirement by the Health Authority that all those not immunized remain outside of the practice area.
  1. Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoid (Td) - Booster doses of Td are recommended every 10 years, or as a minimum at least once during adult life.
  2. Measles Vaccine - If born between 1957 and 1970, you should have proof of two live measles vaccinations, documentation of physician-diagnosed measles or laboratory evidence of immunity. If you already received one dose of measles vaccine, a second dose of vaccine is recommended and is given as Measles Mumps (MMR) vaccine.
  3. Polio Vaccine - Primary immunization with inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine (IPV) is indicated for all who have not had a primary course of poliovirus vaccine (OPV or IPV). If you have not been given a full primary course, you should have the series completed with IPV regardless of the interval since the last dose. Booster doses of IPV are not required in Canada.
  4. Rubella Vaccine - If you do not have documented immunity as described above under Measles, you should be vaccinated with MMR, unless there are contraindications.
  5. Hepatitis B Vaccine - Recommended because of potential exposure to blood or body fluids, as well as increased risk of penetrating injuries.
  6. Varicella Vaccine - Indicated for those who do not have either reliable history of disease or serologic evidence of immunity.
  7. Flu Immunization - Annual Flu immunization is recommended.

Applicants are strongly advised to have at least a beginner’s level of competency with computers and word processing before entering the Nursing program.

Program Outline

Semester One
NRSU 110 Applied Research in Nursing I
NRSU 111 Foundations of Health
NRSU 112 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing I
NRSU 113 Relational Practice I
BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
English 100 or equivalent
Semester Two
NRSU 101 Nursing Lab Practice I
NRSU 120 Applied Research in Nursing II
NRSU 122 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing II
NRSU 123 Relational Practice II
NRSU 126 Health Assessment
BIOL 133 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
NRSU 136 Nursing Practice I
Semester Three
NRSU 201 Nursing Lab Practice II
NRSU 210 Pharmacology I
NRSU 213 Relational Practice III
NRSU 226 Health and Healing I
NRSU 229 Mental Health
NRSU 236 Nursing Practice II
NRSU 239 Practice in Mental Health
BIOL 260 Pathophysiology for Health Sciences
Semester Four
NRSU 202 Nursing Lab Practice III
NRSU 220 Pharmacology II
NRSU 223 Relational Practice IV
NRSU 227 Health and Healing II
NRSU 228 Community Health
NRSU 237 Nursing Practice III
NRSU 238 Nursing Practice in Community
BIOL 261 Human Infectious Disease

Program Area:

Health and Social Development

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2019-20: $12,413.11 (Total for the two year program)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


Application open on the first business day in November for the following fall and close on January 15, 2019.

This program is student loan eligible.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 08/19/2019