Nursing (Bachelor of Science)

Admissions Notices

  • Applications for Winter 2023 will open on Monday Feb. 7, 2022 at 9:00am and will close on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2022 at 4:00pm.
    • Please note that the admissions requirements for the BSN program have changed as of Fall 2022. Please review the Program Guideline for September 2022 and FAQ's in the tabs below for more details.


  • Applicants for Fall 2022 will receive an application status update by the end of January 2022.
Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


The Nursing (Bachelor of Science) at Douglas College prepares graduates who are committed to excellence in professional practice and who will be able to contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities across a continuum of care needs. BSN graduates will be educated to provide safe, competent and compassionate nursing care grounded in theory and professional standards.

The conceptual framework is based on the concepts of relational practice, critical inquiry, leadership, ethics of care, health promotion and inter-professional collaboration. This degree program is designed to give students the knowledge and experience for safe, compassionate, evidence-based, competent and ethical nursing practice. Courses are taught at the Coquitlam Campus.

Prospective students should be aware the BSN program is a full-time rigorous program, the workload and intensity are demanding.  All courses and learning experiences are critical to student success.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Year I: Certificate in Academic Foundations (Nursing eligibility)

To be eligible for admission to the Nursing program, students must complete the following courses as part of their 30-credit Certificate in Academic Foundations, with a minimum grade of C+ (65%):

Academic Foundations (Nursing eligibility) 

Semester One

Semester Two

Semester Three

BIOL 1103

BIOL 1203

BIOL 2200

ENGL 1130 *

English Elective *

BIOL 2401


MATH 1160 ** or PSYC 2300***





  • * can be taken in any semester
  • ** can be taken in any semester provided the prerequisite for MATH 1160 is met
  • *** can be taken in any semester provided the prerequisite for PSYC 2300 is met

Please note that admission to the Certificate in Academic Foundations program does not guarantee course availability or registration.

The courses required to advance into the second year of the Nursing program are in very high demand and fill quickly. Students are encouraged to plan a second-choice academic program or path in the event that seats are not available in the required Nursing eligibility courses.


Year II: Semester I: Health & Health Challenges (Elder Care)

NURS 2111 Nursing Art and Science: Professional Foundations 3.0
NURS 2112 Health Assessment: Adults and Older Adults 2.5
NURS 2113 Nursing Practice: Beginning Client Care 5.0
NURS 2114 Pharmacology: Introduction for Nurses 3.0
NURS 2116 Relational Practice: Introduction 3.0
  Total 16.5


Year II: Semester II: Health & Acute Health Challenges (Adult/Older Adult)

NURS 2211 Nursing Art & Science: Acute Health Challenges 3.0
NURS 2212 Health Assessment: Acute Health Challenges 2.5
NURS 2213 Nursing Practice: Acute Health Challenges 5.0
NURS 2215 Leadership: Interprofessional Collaboration 3.0
NURS 2217 Nursing Inquiry: Evidence-Informed Practice 3.0
  Total 16.5


Year III: Semester III: Health Transitions & Challenges (Maternity/Pediatrics)

NURS 3311 Nursing Art & Science: Family-Centered Care 3.0
NURS 3312 Health Assessment: Maternal and Child Care 2.5
NURS 3313 Nursing Practice: Family-Centered Care 5.0
NURS 3315 Leadership: Partners in Health Promotion 3.0
NURS 3316 Relational Practice: Engaging with Families 3.0
  Total 16.5


Year III: Semester IV: Community Health & Mental Health and Psychiatry (Health Promotion)

NURS 3411 Nursing Art & Science: Vulnerable Populations 3.0
NURS 3412 Health Assessment: Community Health and Mental Health 2.5
NURS 3413 Nursing Practice: Community Health and Mental Health 5.0
NURS 3415 Leadership: Applied Nursing Ethics, Leadership and Moral Courage 3.0
NURS 3417 Nursing Inquiry: Research in Nursing 3.0
  Total 16.5


Year IV Semester V: Complex Health Challenges (Adult/Older Adult)

NURS 4511 Nursing Art & Science: Acuity and Complexity 3.0
NURS 4512 Health Assessment: Complex Health Challenges 2.5
NURS 4513 Nursing Practice: Complex Health Challenges 5.0
NURS 4515 Leadership: Influencing Health Care Reform 3.0
NURS 4518 Nursing Elective: Issues in Nursing Practice Focus 3.0
  Total 16.5


Year IV: Semester VI: Complex Health Challenges (Professional Transition)

NURS 4611 Nursing Art & Science: Professional Transition 1.5
NURS 4613 Nursing Practice: Professional Transition 10.0
  Total 11.5 




Admissions Requirements


I. Academic Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, students must complete the following required 30 university transfer (UT) credits, with a minimum grade of C+ (65%) in each 3 credit course:

* Effective Winter 2019 - Those students who are accepted to and complete the Academic Foundations for Potential Nursing Applicants program will receive priority admission to the BSN. Applications will be pooled based on semester of completion of admission requirements. Of the students who completed in the same semester, those students in the Academic Foundation program will receive higher admission priority than those who are in a different program.

Students are accepted to the BSN program on a first qualified, first admitted basis.  Students may apply to the BSN program for the Fall or Winter semester following completion of the required 30 credits listed above.  In the event where students qualify for admission at the same time, but there are fewer program seats available than demand dictates, offers will be given to those students with a higher GPA on the required courses for admission to BSN.

Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the BSN program.

II. Non-Academic Admission Requirements 

After successful completion of the required 30 credits for BSN eligibility, and prior to an offer of admission to the second year of the BSN program: 

  • Mandatory Program Orientation -  Applicants will be notified by mail of the Program Orientation date. 
Following an offer of admission to the BSN program: 
  • Potential Interview - Applicants may be required to participate in an interview with a representative(s) of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for the purposes of providing additional information and/or for academic counselling.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate current within 1 year of the start date of the program. Standard First Aid Certificates that include Basic Life Support within 1 year of the date of application are also accepted.
  • Standard First Aid Certificate current within 3 years of the start date of the program.
  • Health Assessment - A satisfactory health assessment completed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
  • Immunization Record - A current record of recommended immunizations consistent with the requirements of practice agencies; details will be provided at the time the applicant is offered admission to the program
  • Criminal Record Check  - details will be provided at the time the applicant is offered admission to the program.
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certificate
  • Respiratory Mask Fit-test (N95) - All semester one students will be required to be fit-tested for a respiratory mask. There is an additional applicant cost for fit-testing.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program are prepared to practice nursing in a variety of settings, including acute care (general and selected specialized areas), intermediate care, long-term care, and community care.

The program prepares graduates with the required knowledge and academic skills for further education. Entry into graduate studies is dependent upon the individual program criteria, and will depend on the requirements of the learning institution.

Graduates will qualify to write the required NCLEX-RN Canadian Registered Nurse Examination and apply to become a Registered Nurse (RN) with the College of Registered Nurses of BC.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


Successful nurses tend to have the following qualities:

Every semester, supervised clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings will help you apply what you have been learning. Practicum locations include hospitals and community facilities throughout the Lower Mainland. Bachelor of Science in Nursing students are required to have their own transportation or to independently find their own transportation in order to travel to health care agencies, community agencies, professional organizations and meetings.

Students must be able to attend clinical practicums which can occur any day of the week (including weekends). The shifts can be 8 or 12 hours long and may start as early as 0630 am. 

The BSN program at Douglas College is a full-time, 1+3 structure Bachelor's Degree program. There are two intakes per year: September (Fall) and January (Winter).

All classes are held at the David Lam Campus in Coquitlam.

Due to the nature of the program, the Bachelor of Nursing is not offered on a part-time basis. It is a full-time, four-year program.

There are a limited number of seats reserved for Indigenous students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Please note that all admission requirements must be met in order to qualify for a seat.

Interested students should self declare when applying for the program on Education Planner BC.  For questions and support, please contact Indigenous Student Services for further details.

Upon graduation, you will be able to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes and community health settings. Nursing careers are diverse and include practice, education, administration and research.

For more information on nursing demand in Canada, visit the Canadian Nursing Association.

After graduation from the Douglas College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, you can apply to the College of Registered Nurses to become a Registered Nurse (RN) in British Columbia. This requires proof of graduation and a written exam.

For more information on becoming an RN, see Becoming a Registered Nurse, Prerequisites and Abilities on the Student Resources page.

A nursing career can be physically and emotionally demanding. Anyone considering a nursing education should be able to cope with stress and have the resilience to contend with the emotional labour of nursing.

Nurses are role models whom the public holds in high esteem. As such, nurses must adhere to best practices based on scientific evidence and be willing to follow guidelines and recommendations to protect the public.

Nurses are at the front line of protection of public health, even when there is a personal risk in doing so, as is evident in the current pandemic.  Furthermore, nurses must be comfortable with physical contact and possess excellent communication and relationship building skills.

Yes, a regular program review revealed a decrease in the successful completion of the BSN program, as well as a decrease in the pass-rate of the national licensing exam required to practice as a registered nurse after graduation.

Further assessment determined that admission requirements contributed overwhelmingly to the overall success in the program, and that current admission requirements did not adequately prepare prospective nursing students for the rigor and demands of this intensive program.

All students applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for Fall 2022 onwards must meet the updated admission requirements published in the September 2022 program guideline.

If you are not offered admission to BSN before the changes come into effect, yes, you would be subject to the new Admission requirements.

If you have not been accepted into the BSN program and are reapplying to be admissible for Fall 2022 onwards, you would be subject to the new criteria.

There are a limited number of seats available for each intake of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  Typically there are more qualified applicants than space available, therefore Enrolment Services - Admission must send out offers in ranking order of first qualified, first admit with priority to those in the Academic Foundations for Nursing program.  For those that completed within the same term, they would be ranked in order of their Academic Foundation for Nursing requirements GPA, based on all course attempts. Those that were not offered a seat in the program, would have to re-apply and would be ranked against the applicants for the next intake they apply.


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Special academic requirements

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% in all courses in order to progress in the program. 
Special Clinical Requirements

A current Basic Life Support certificate, a Standard First Aid Certificate (within three years) and respiratory mask fit-testing will be required prior to the first clinical placement.

Annual clinical requirements include updating of required Health Authority practice modules and receipt of yearly flu vaccine.

It is also the student's responsibility to maintain the currency of their Basic Life Support certificate and annual renewal of mask fit-testing before clinical experiences begin.

All costs related to obtaining and renewal of these certificates is the responsibility of the student.

Tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.