Nursing (Bachelor of Science)
The admissions requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing are changing for the Fall 2022 intake. Please review the Program Guideline for September 2022 and FAQ's in the tabs below for more details.
Applications for Fall 2022 entry will be open from:
Mon. Oct. 4, 2021 at 9:00AM - Weds. Oct. 6, 2021 at 4:00PM.
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.
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)
English Elective *
UT OPEN ELECTIVE 3cr *
UT OPEN ELECTIVE 3cr *
- * 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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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:
- BIOL 1103, BIOL 1203, BIOL 2200, BIOL 2401
- ENGL 1130 and one UT ENGL elective course
- MATH 1160 or PSYC 2300
- 3 credit UT Social Science/Humanities elective
- 6 credits UT electives
* 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.
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 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:
- Able to manage time and stress
- Professional in demeanor and behavior
- Committed to learning
- Able to work as part of a team
- Creative and critical thinkers
- Becoming a Registered Nurse: Requisite Skills and Abilities
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.
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.
A slam-dunk career in health care
Special academic requirements
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.
When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.