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Nursing (Baccalaureate of Science)

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Total Credits: 105
Credential None - Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing awarded by the University of Victoria
Program Code: SCI.NURS.BDEG
CIP: 51.3801


The overarching purpose of the Camosun College/University of Victoria BSN Program is to educate registered nurses to practice in contemporary and emerging health care environments, with the goal of enhancing the health for all Canadians and the global community. Our program fosters the development of critically reflective, independent, and motivated learners and practitioners who, after their final semesters at the University of Victoria, are competent practitioners with a commitment to lifelong learning. Within this program learners are prepared to work with individuals, families, communities, and populations in diverse health care settings. Emphasis is placed on developing competences (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) that will enable graduates to practice with an understanding of their own and others’ experience of health and healing. Learners will be cognizant of nurses’ professional roles and the evolving Canadian health care system. Learners will apply professional knowledge and clinical expertise while partnering with clients and other health care professionals to promote health.  

In the first five semesters, at Camosun College, emphasis will be placed upon nursing assessment, diagnosis, and interventions, including healing modalities, pharmaceuticals, health education, and therapeutic relationships, with the goal of promoting the health and wellbeing of those within our communities. Learners will be situated in practice settings in order to develop and enact theoretical nursing knowledge.  They will therefore be directly involved with clients/patients in local hospitals and community agencies. Their participation in practice includes evening and weekend hours.

The Camosun College/University of Victoria BSN Program leads to a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, in partnership with the University of Victoria’s (UVic) School of Nursing, Faculty of Human and Social Development. A Memorandum of Understanding, effective November 2015, outlines the goals, purposes, principles, and operational details of the partnership. The Camosun College/University of Victoria BSN Program partners with Aurora College in Yellowknife, College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, and Selkirk College in Castlegar to deliver a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree. Camosun College Nursing Department offers the first five semesters of the eight semester program. The emphasis on scholarly approaches to teaching and learning, clinical judgment and reasoning, and evidence-informed practice offers the necessary foundation for professional nursing practice. At the completion of their education, graduates will be prepared to meet entry level professional practice requirements, as identified by the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) for nursing education programs in British Columbia. Students will also be required to pass the American based National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in Canada. 

The Camosun College/University of Victoria BSN Program, delivered in part at Camosun College, is a rigorous and demanding program that prepares students to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and comportment needed to meet the changing health care needs of our society.


High School and Adult Basic Education Applicants

If you are applying using high school-level and/or Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses, you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

For information about applying or admission requirements, please contact Admissions.

BC/Yukon high school students are eligible to apply in their Grade 12 year. GPA will be initially calculated on interim grades to determine provisional qualification.

Note: GPA for competitive entry ranking will be calculated on the four Grade 12 courses or ABE alternatives listed below


High School courses

ABE courses

English 11
one of:

English 11
English 11 First Peoples
Non-BC high school

ENGL 070
ABE Transfer Guide

Math 11
one of:

73% in Foundations of Math 11
73% in Pre-calculus 11
Non-BC high school

73% in MATH 072 and MATH 073
73% in MATH 075
73% in MATH 077
ABE Transfer Guide

Biology 11
one of:

73% in Life Sciences 11/Biology 11
Non-BC high school

ABE Transfer Guide

Chemistry 11
one of:

Chemistry 11
Non-BC high school

CHEM 070
ABE Transfer Guide 

Social Studies 11
one of:

Approved Social Studies 11
Non-BC high school
ABE Transfer Guide

English 12
one of:

73% in English Studies 12
73% in English 12
73% in English 12 First Peoples
Non-BC high school

73% in ENGL 091 and ENGL 093
73% in ENGL 092 and ENGL 094
73% in ENGL 092 and ENGL 096
ABE Transfer Guide

Academic 12
one of:

Approved Academic 12 course

MATH 097
MATH 107
MATH 115
ABE Transfer Guide

Biology 12
one of:

73% in Biology 12
Non-BC high school

73% in BIOL 090
ABE Transfer Guide

Chemistry 12
one of:

73% in Chemistry 12
Non-BC high school

73% in CHEM 090
73% in CHEM 110
ABE Transfer Guide

Grade 12

Grade 12 graduation or equivalent


English Language Proficiency

All students must complete the
English Language Proficiency requirement


BCCNM requirements

Complete the RSA acknowledgment form here.
Acknowledge and understand the requirements for registration with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) as laid out in the BCCNM document Requisite Skills and Abilities (RSAs).



University Transfer Applicants

To meet the admission requirements, you can still use your high school/ABE courses as listed on the previous tab or you can use the following courses to meet the subject requirements.

For information about applying or admission requirements, please contact Admissions.


Camosun courses


one of:

B in ENGL 103 and ENGL 104
B in ENGL 142
B in ENGL 151
B in ENGL 161
B in ENGL 164
B in ENGL 170 and ENGL 273
B in ENGL 175

BC Transfer Guide

one of:

B in MATH 100
B in MATH 101
B in MATH 107
B in MATH 108
B in MATH 109
B in STAT 116
B in STAT 216
B in STAT 218

BC Transfer Guide

one of:

B in BIOL 103
B in BIOL 126

BC Transfer Guide

one of:

B in CHEM 100 and CHEM 110
B in CHEM 100 and CHEM 120
B in CHEM 100 and CHEM 121

BC Transfer Guide

University Transfer
four of:

Additional transferable UT course based on the
BC Transfer Guide


English Language Proficiency

All students must complete the English
Language Proficiency


BCCNM requirements

Complete the RSA acknowledgment form here.
Acknowledge and understand the requirements for registration with the British Columbia
College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) as laid out in the BCCNM document Requisite Skills and Abilities (RSAs).




  • After the January 31 document/transcript deadline, no in-progress course work can be used towards admission requirements (exceptions for current BC/Yukon high school students).
  • The program will maintain a short waitlist for entry into the same year, pending withdrawals or deferrals. In extenuating circumstances an invited applicant may apply for a one year deferral. The waitlist will not be retained for future years. Those applicants meeting the academic requirements, but not gaining a seat in the year of application will need to reapply and resubmit academic information already provided.
  • Students who are not in good standing at Camosun or UVic, or in a healthcare program at another institution are ineligible to apply.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Term 5 of the BSN program, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high-level of professionalism in diverse health care settings, including acute, residential, and specialty areas.
    • Demonstrate accountability for their own actions, decisions, and conduct as student nurse, within legislated scope of practice.
    • Consistently evaluate and make decisions based on an understanding of the significance of fitness to practice in the context of nursing practice, self-regulation, and public protection.
    • Perform practices consistent with the Canadian Code of Ethics (2009), with compassionate and culturally safe care.
    • Use professional judgment, ethical reasoning, and clinical reasoning, for decision making.
  • Utilize a knowledge base from nursing and other disciplines to provide nursing care (assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and evaluation of client/patient response) in the context of physiological, emotional, and cognitive needs, across the lifespan from birth, care of neonate, to the end-of-life and palliative care.
    • Recognize, prioritize, provide timely nursing care, and seek immediate assistance in rapidly changing or complex situations.
    • Consistently utilize knowledge base in the health sciences including pathophysiology, psychopathology, pharmacology and microbiology, genetics, immunology, and nutrition.
    • Develop client/patient care plans using an evidence-informed, humanistic knowledge based while negotiating priorities of care with clients.
    • Modify and individualize client care based on the emerging priorities of the health situation, in collaboration with clients and other members of the health care team.
  • Use principles of social justice, primary health care, and the social determinants of health to promote health and wellbeing in nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge of colonization, and its impact on indigenous peoples’ health and wellness, by recognizing principles of Indigenous self-determination as a reconciling approach.
  • Apply quality improvement and patient safety principles in an evidence-informed practice to prevent harm to clients, self, health care team, other workers and the public.
  • Use nursing informatics, information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support information collection and synthesis in accordance with professional and regulatory standards in the delivery of care.
  • Promote collaborative interdisciplinary relationships within the health care team to provide high-quality, person-centered care in a timely manner.
  • Practice in partnership with clients by engaging in interprofessional collaboration through role clarification, effective interprofessional communication, conflict resolution, and leadership. 
  • Practice professionally appropriate, effective communication with clients, families, groups, and members of the health care team.


  • Students considering transfer to a collaborative BC college or university should consider an additional English elective which may be necessary in order to meet graduating requirements of that institution. (Consult that institution’s calendar for program requirements.)
  • Year 3 and 4 at University of Victoria
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Semester:  See UVic calendar for program outline and course descriptions.

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Academic Term Five (Fall)


** A total of at least two (2) electives are required to complete the BSN Program. A non-nursing elective is taken at Camosun College, and a nursing elective is taken at the University of Victoria. At least one non-nursing elective must be completed by the end of Academic Semester 5 in order to progress to Academic Semester 6 at the University of Victoria. All electives must be designated university transferable and may be at a 100 level or higher. BIOL 103 , BIOL 150 , BIOL 151 , BIOL 143 , BIOL 144 , HLTH 110 , PNUR 101 , and PSYC 154  are not accepted as non-nursing electives. This does not constitute a complete list of unacceptable courses; additional courses may be subsequently identified. Students are advised to discuss their elective choices with an Academic Advisor to determine courses to further their nursing career interests or to support their academic success. 

Program Participation Requirements

  • Students must provide evidence they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before the program start date. Students are responsible for the cost of testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area where there is a known prevalence of TB.
  • Students must provide evidence of their immunization status. Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines.
    • Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the College barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement and/or a clinical/community rotation.
  • Students are required to submit Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support, including the airway management and oxygen therapy courses (BLS add-on courses) prior to the first semester of the program. Basic Life Support must be renewed yearly while in the program.
  • Students are required to have yearly respirator mask “fit-testing” done. Fitting will be completed in the program and students will be responsible for completing this process prior to the patient contact in a clinical setting and clinical experience and for any associated costs.
  • Criminal Record Check is required.

Program Completion Requirements

  • Students must complete each course in the program with a “C” grade minimum, and obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (“C+”) to transfer to the University of Victoria. UVIC includes repeated and failed courses in the GPA calculation for all required courses, including the required English and elective courses.
  • The Baccalaureate degree must be completed within seven years of commencement of the program.

Additional Information

  • 2.5 years are completed at Camosun and then the student will transfer to UVic for the final 1.5 years to obtain a BSN.

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