Academic Foundations for Potential Nursing Applicants

Winter 2022 applications will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:30am and will close on February 3, 2021 at 4:00pm. Students who are applying to this program directly from high school will not receive application decisions until the summer of 2021 when high school grades become available. Please see the Program Overview below for additional details.

Health Sciences
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


This set of 10 university-transfer courses (30 credits) prepares students for entrance to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.  

Students seeking entry to the BSN program, must first be admitted to this program and complete all required courses with a minimum grade of C+ in each.

Students accepted to this limited enrolment program receive priority registration for the courses that are required for entrance to the BSN program.

IMPORTANT: Acceptance to this program and completion of the required courses does NOT guarantee admission to the BSN program. Once students have completed the required 30 credits with a minimum grade of C+ in each course, they may apply to the BSN program.

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

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College if students are applying to graduate with a Certificate in Academic Foundations

A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course to be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and students must complete the courses with the required grade of C+ within two (2) course attempts.

**A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC - according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Select one course from the following two options:
MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics 3.00
PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Psychology 3.00
Required Courses:
BIOL 1103 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00
BIOL 1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00
BIOL 2200 Pathophysiology 3.00
BIOL 2401 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
Elective Social Sciences/Humanities (UT)** Select any university transferable Social Sciences/Humanities course. 3.00
Elective ENGL (UT)** Select any university transferable English course 3.00
Elective (UT)** Select any university transferable course. 3.00
Elective (UT)** Select any university transferable course. 3.00
Total Credits   30.00


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Biology 11 or 12 or Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Foundations of Math 11 or 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)

*In most cases, university transferable coursework completed in the above subject areas can be used toward meeting the entrance requirements.

Students offered a seat in this cohort will receive priority registration and have earlier access to the courses required for entry to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Students who are offered a seat in the cohort are not guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students may apply to the BSN program for the Fall or Winter semester following completion of the required 30 credits listed under the curriculum tab on this page.


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.

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.


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More Information

Block Transfer

This program provides block transfer to several Douglas College programs and:

Simon Fraser University
University of Northern BC
University of Victoria