Invest in yourself! The Camosun College/University of Victoria BSN Program will take you from Camosun to the University of Victoria, where you will complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. We'll help you succeed and set you up for entry into an in-demand, financially-rewarding health care field.
Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
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Location and schedule
For the first 2.5 years of your program, you'll study at Camosun's Interurban campus, situated near some of Victoria’s most beautiful neighbourhoods and urban beaches. Class time and nursing practice hours are scheduled for a maximum of 25 hours per week. Of these hours, nursing practice per semester varies from 4 to 25 hours per week.
You'll be expected to spend at least 3 to 4 hours of preparation, review, and studying per day. Nursing practice locations and hours vary, but most are located within Greater Victoria, and may include evenings and weekends. Limited numbers of learners travel to International Field Schools, the Yukon, and potentially other remote placements.
Streams of learning
Each semester will have a unique focus. There are five streams that run across the four years of the program: Nursing Practice, Relational Practice, Health and Healing (theory and lab), Professional Practice, and Health Sciences.
All fall and winter semesters include theory, lab, and nursing practice time.
Finish your program at UVic
After 2.5 years at Camosun, you'll finish your program at the University of Victoria. See the UVic calendar for program outline and course descriptions.
The focus of year one is on the roles of the registered nurse, including promoting health and well-being, as a professional; becoming self-aware as a practicing nurse; nursing assessment; basic nursing care; and growth and development in the context of family.
In addition to your nursing courses, you'll be required to take English and anatomy and physiology.
In your second year, the focus shifts to nursing care of patients with both acute and chronic illness in a culturally safe and ethical manner, on an interprofessional team.
You'll study pathophysiology, interprofessional communication, philosophy and ethics, in addition to extensive nursing knowledge, including skills such as intravenous therapy.
During your last six months at Camosun, your courses and nursing practice placements will involve complex and specialty nursing including maternity, pediatrics, and mental health.
Course work, in both theory and lab, will prepare you for advanced nursing skills such as intravenous insertion, cardiac monitoring, newborn assessment, and how to care for patients and families in unstable and crisis situations.
Working as a student
Island Health (formerly Vancouver Island Health Authority or VIHA) allows you to apply to start working as an employed student nurse (ESN) after your second year of study. After year one, some students are able to work as health care assistants.
Registered Nurses of British Columbia
The British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) sets the standards of practice for Nurses to provide competent and ethical care.
The professional association, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia, acts on behalf of nursing in order to advance the profession and influence health and social policy.
BC Registered Nurses on Vancouver Island have a 9-step wage scale. New graduates start at Level 3 Step 1 ($5,352 monthly / $32.94 hourly). For every 1950 hours worked, salary increases by 1 step.
Most nurses work either 8 or 12 hour shifts, depending on the unit. You should expect to work weekdays, weekends, and a combination of days, evenings and nights.
Currently, there is a very high demand for registered nurses across Canada, and internationally. Recent statistics suggest that between 90 and 100% of BSN graduates find work in their field fulltime, within the first year after graduation. This is amongst the highest rate for all occupations in Canada. This statistic is true for both men and women in nursing! A Canadian program BSN will prepare you for graduate studies in universities around the world, and is a stepping stone to many learning opportunities, including specialty education.
Public facilities, such as hospitals, are unionized with the BC Nurses’ Union. Some employment agencies (some clinics) may not be unionized. Information about the union and the collective agreement can be found online.