This program is in high demand and the number of qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of seats available, and, as such, not all of those meeting minimum requirements can be admitted.
Admission Requirements Fall 2017
Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
|Requirement||High school course||Camosun course||Alternatives|
|Grade 12||Grade 12 graduation or equivalent|
|CRNBC requirements||Acknowledgment of meeting the requirements for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) as laid out in the CRNBC document Requisite Skills and Abilities. PDF Please sign and date the CRNBC RSAs acknowledgment form. PDF|
Two stage application process
There is a two-step application process for admission into the Nursing program. Applicants will be selected based upon GPA (calculated using the four required courses or listed alternatives).
Details of the Stage 2 interview process will be provided to those applicants selected to move forward in the admissions process.
- You must attend the program orientation or risk losing your seat in the program.
- A TB skin test is compulsory. TB testing must be done within three months of program start and you must provide documentation of this prior to the start of the first practicum. You are responsible for the cost of this test.
- You 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.
- You must have respirator mask “fit-testing” done yearly. Fitting will be completed in the program and you will be responsible for completing this process prior to the first clinical experience and for any associated costs.
- You are required to have documented completion of current Standard First Aid including CPR Level C for progression into Academic Term 2. Annual recertification of CPR Level C must be maintained throughout the Nursing program.
- You must complete a criminal record check (CRC) through Camosun College. You'll be sent instructions about the CRC process that need to be followed. Criminal record checks completed outside of the Camosun process aren't accepted. More information…
What to expect
The following are recommended to ensure the best possible success in the program:
- You must have a strong sense of responsibility, a caring nature, and an interest in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.
- You must have strong interpersonal, academic, and problem-solving skills; and the ability to function both independently and as part of a team.
- You must recognize that the profession is both physically and mentally demanding and that registered nurses must be able to cope well in stressful environments.
- You must be able to respond professionally and knowledgeably to trauma, surgical procedures, and human suffering.
- You must have physical fitness—including good eyesight and hearing—and mental acuity.
- You must be competent in written and oral English, be able to accurately follow written instructions, and understand fast paced verbal directions.
- Computer fluency is required during the program training and eventual employment.
- The work environment in which you'll be employed requires demanding lifting and moving techniques and extensive hand washing. If you have back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, or latex allergy you should consider carefully before making an application to this program. For the same reasons, if you have a significant health challenge you should consult with the Program Chair.
- Practice experiences are a mandatory component of this program. As a student in the Nursing program you will be directly involved with clients in local hospitals and community agencies. This will include evening and/or weekend hours.
- 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.
- The baccalaureate degree must be completed within seven years of commencement of the program.
Upon completion of the transfer program with UVic, you’ll be eligible to write the national certification examination (NCLEX) to become registered with the Canadian College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), which is required to work in B.C.
Applications are accepted September 30 to November 30, 2016 at 4pm.
All documents must be received by Admissions by January 16, 2017 by 4pm.
There is priority seating in this program for students of Indigenous ancestry.
Have you been out of school for a few years?
It is recommended that the high school sciences and math be completed within the last 5 years.
If you have not completed these within the last 5 years, it does not mean that you will not be considered; however, we do recommend that you upgrade and/or retake these high school courses or an alternate course at Camosun.