Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Description

The program is recognized by The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

The purpose of the program is to educate nurses to work with individuals, families, groups and communities from a health promotion perspective and with an ethic of caring.

The program will assist students to develop sensitivity to people's experiences with health and healing across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Students will learn to work as partners with clients and with other health care providers. Through their understanding of and participation in the changing health care system, graduates will be active participants in creating health for all.

Students complete the Health Foundations Certificate and six (6) additional academic semesters. Graduates will be eligible to apply to write national examinations to obtain registration to practice as registered nurses in British Columbia.

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is based on the concepts of caring and health promotion and has been developed in consultation with nursing practitioners, theorists, professional associations, and various government ministries. The program includes non-nursing courses that complement nursing theory and practice. The curriculum considers the changing health care needs of our society.

A health promotion and constructivist perspective has been used to organize the curriculum. Pedagogy and teaching methodologies encourage the development of critical thinking and the discovery of personal meaning. There is an emphasis on practice experiences as the foundation of nursing and the recognition that nurses' work requires thoughtful, reflective action.

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

Nursing Practice Experiences

Nursing practice experiences are essential in the nursing program. Students will be directly involved with clients in their homes and in institutional and community settings in each semester. These experiences may involve evenings and weekends. Practice experiences occur throughout the Lower Mainland. Students are responsible for their own transportation and other expenses incurred as part of these experiences.

Some agencies may require students to take an Oath of Confidentiality, have an additional criminal record search, have required immunizations, or have a successful interview with their personnel prior to their agreement to accept the student. Failure to have documentation acceptable to the agency at the time of placement may result in denial of the experience, which in turn may prevent completion of the program of studies.

Program Guidelines and Manuals

Students who enroll in the program have access to an online student manual that provides information regarding program guidelines. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies and Bachelor of Science in Nursing guidelines. The faculty are continually reviewing the program guidelines in order to offer the best program possible. Guidelines are updated on an annual basis; therefore, the most current version of any guideline is the one that will apply to all students in that calendar year.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/health

Department's website: kpu.ca/health/programs

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate English course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate Biology course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Chemistry 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate Chemistry course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Level D1 as defined in the Mathematics Alternatives Table; or an undergraduate Math course with a minimum grade of C+

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission selection will be based on the highest admission average of the above required courses.

Note: while the Certificate in Health Foundations is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students, the Nursing program will only accept applications from Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Landed Immigrants.

On May 31, 2021 changes to the admission requirements for this program were approved by Senate. Effective September 2022 the following conditions will apply:

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • BIOL 1160 with a minimum grade of C+
  • BIOL 1260 with a minimum grade of C+
  • ENGL 1100 with a minimum grade of C+
  • MATH 1115 with a minimum grade of C+
  • 18 credits of undergraduate-level courses with a minimum grade of C+ from any of:
  • Completion of the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics Assessment (CASPer) (For further information, see kpu.ca/health/bsn)

Admission selection will be based on the highest admission GPA of the above required courses in combination with the CASPer score.

Once students have received a conditional offer of admission and before final admission to the program is granted, students must submit the following:

  • Valid Canadian CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) (Note: CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.)
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Immunization Record Form reflecting required immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines for BC. Note: Practice Education Guidelines (PEG) for BC outline immunizations for vaccine preventable communicable diseases required by students for participation in practice experiences. KPU Faculty of Health is required to comply with these requirements. Students that are unvaccinated may not be able to be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will also be required to maintain immunizations as per the PEG.

To ensure a pathway is available for specific student populations in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the following program reserves are in place for each intake: three (3) seats will be reserved for graduates of KPU's Certificate in Health Care Assistant program, and three (3) seats for self-declared Indigenous students. Any reserved seats that are not offered to the above noted specific student population will be offered to the general pool of qualified BSN applicants.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Health degree must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations with a minimum GPA of 2.67 and no grade lower than a C+.
  • Completion of the CASPer assessment. (For further information, see kpu.ca/health/bsn)

If seats are oversubscribed, admittance to Year 2 will be based on a combination of GPA from the Certificate in Health Foundations and CASPer results. Upon being offered admittance to Year 2 students will be required to submit documentation of the following before their declaration is granted:

  • Valid Canadian CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) (Note: CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.)
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Immunization Record Form reflecting required immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines for BC. Note: Practice Education Guidelines (PEG) for BC outline immunizations for vaccine preventable communicable diseases required by students for participation in practice experiences. KPU Faculty of Health is required to comply with these requirements. Students that are unvaccinated may not be able to be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will also be required to maintain immunizations as per the PEG.

To ensure a pathway is available for specific student populations in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the following program reserves are in place for each intake: three (3) seats will be reserved for graduates of KPU's Certificate in Health Care Assistant program, and three (3) seats for self-declared Indigenous students. Any reserved seats that are not offered to the above noted specific student population will be offered to the general pool of qualified BSN applicants.

Continuance Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 with a minimum grade of C+ in all required courses, including electives. Non-adherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.

Curricular Requirements

Year 1

The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Certificate in Health Foundations may be completed in two semesters by full-time students or over a longer period of time by part-time students.

Following completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations and enrollment into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, the maximum allowable time that students have to complete all program requirements for graduation is seven years.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Term 3Credits
HEAL 2150 Health Lab Practice 2 3
NRSG 2121 Professional Identity 1 3
NRSG 2135 Relational Practice: Advanced Communications 3
NRSG 2145 Nursing Practice 1 6
NRSG 2175 Nursing Applications 1 3
 Credits18
Term 4
NRSG 2245 Nursing Practice 2 6
NRSG 2265 Nursing Science 1: Pathophysiology Part 1 3
NRSG 2266 Nursing Science 2: Pharmacology 3
NRSG 2275 Nursing Applications 2 3
 Credits15
Year 3
Term 5
HEAL 2250 Health Lab Practice 3 3
NRSG 3121 Professional Identity 2 3
NRSG 3145 NRSG 3145 Nursing Practice 3 6
NRSG 3165 Nursing Science 3: Pathophysiology Part 2 3
NRSG 3175 Nursing Applications 3 3
 Credits18
Term 6
HEAL 3180 Nursing Science 4: Health Research for Evidence Informed Practice 3
NRSG 3245 Nursing Practice 4 6
NRSG 3275 Nursing Applications 4 3
PHIL 3010 Health Care Ethics 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Term 7
NRSG 4145 Nursing Practice 5 8
NRSG 4165 Complex Client Care 3
NRSG 4175 Nursing Applications 5 3
ElectiveSelect any 3-credit course at the 2000 level or higher from ANTH, CRIM, ENGL, HEAL, HSCI, PSYC or SOCI. 3
 Credits17
Term 8
NRSG 4245 Nursing Practice 6 Consolidated Nursing Practice 10
 Credits10
 Total Credits93

Note: Students re-admitted to the program after an absence are not guaranteed equivalency of previous course-work. Course substitution will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

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