Interested in Nursing, Practical Nursing, or Early Learning & Care?
For a limited time each year, Camosun College offers priority seating for qualified Indigenous students in Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Early Learning & Care. Prioriziting admissions for Indigenous students helps to meet critical health and child care needs in urban and rural Indigenous communities.
The procedure for applying for these seats is called the Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process. It has been approved by the Board of Governors, supported by the Education Council, and approved by the BC Human Rights Tribunal. We welcome applications from all qualified Indigenous students.
As an Indigenous applicant
When you fill out the Camosun College application form, check "Yes" on the Indigenous self-identification box and make sure you meet the “Qualifications for College and Program Admission” including:
- being a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant with proof of Landed Immigrant Status and
- being 18 years of age or older by December 31st of your first academic term.
You'll be contacted and asked if you want to apply through the Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process. If you do, you'll be invited to an informal interview with an Indigenous Advisor and asked to provide information that documents your indigenous heritage.
Acceptable documentation includes:
- a certified copy of a Status or Treaty card
- a certified copy of a Métis card
- a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certification card, roll number of any other proof accepted by Inuit communities
- a certified copy of a Nisga'a card
- proof that an ancestor's name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act or on the Band list of an individual Indian Band or on the Inuit roll
- evidence that an ancestor received a land grant or scrip grant under the Manitoba Act or the Dominion of Canada Lands Act
- written confirmation of ancestry from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- written confirmation of membership in a Band by a Band Council or Tribal Council which has enacted its own membership code
- a declaration by the applicant attesting to Indigenous ancestry, supplemented by letters supporting the declaration from an official of a recognized Indigenous organization
- a certified copy of official documentation attesting to membership in a Native American tribe
Once your documentation is accepted, you’ll be invited to the information session of the program you’re interested in and learn about services that are available to Indigenous students and about the Indigenous Limited Priority Seating Admissions process.
Priority admissions applies to the following programs:
- 10% for Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- 5% for Practical Nursing
- 5% for Early Learning and Care
- 25% for Education Assistant and Community Support
These seats are provided on a basis of first come, first served to qualified applicants. Once the priority seats have been assigned, other Indigenous applications will go through the regular admissions process. If you miss the cut, you may apply through the Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process the following year.
Priority seats for Indigenous applicants are only held until eight weeks prior to the beginning of the program. Usually, this is the end of June. After that, all unused seats are returned to the regular applicant pool.