Program Information

School: North Island College (Comox Valley Campus)
Faculty: Health Care
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Description: You will learn through the program’s concept-based curriculum, which centres on nursing for individuals, families, communities and society, and promotes critical thinking to help you identify patterns in nursing care. Core concepts such as leadership, advocacy, political action, nursing knowledge development and nursing scholarship are explored throughout the program. Students in NIC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree learn about diverse peoples and communities from day one, including an understanding of Aboriginal health perspectives that has had a national impact. The leadership of NIC students at the Canadian Nursing Student Association has led to a resolution to ensure all registered nursing students across Canada understand Aboriginal health perspectives before they graduate.

The first year of the program focuses on health, primary health care and health assessment across the lifespan. You will practice in a variety of settings, such as community agencies, child care centres and seniors’ centres, where you can begin to use your nursing knowledge and practice relational skills with healthy people. The focus of this practice experience is to participate in primary health care activities, prevention activities and holistic health assessments. In the second year, the focus is on healing initiatives, related nursing actions and health challenges such as illness, poverty, illiteracy, loss and grief. You will have the opportunity for multiple practice experiences in a broad spectrum of nursing settings, such as intermediate care facilities, extended care facilities, community care, public health, hospital units, outpatient and day care clinics, occupational and environmental health centres. For example, in fall 2015, there were 101 students involved in multiple practice placements at 29 sites, with 503 placements overall.

During the third and fourth years, you will further develop your understanding of health and healing with a focus on community and societal health and examination of complex healing initiatives. You will have opportunities to practice leadership skills with an emphasis on the socio-political and economic context of nursing. You will also use complex assessment skills, including community assessment, and engage in more advanced exploration of the discipline of nursing. You will have opportunities to practice in a variety of settings and placements that may include hospitals, seniors’ organizations, schools, industry and community health centres.

URL: Nursing at North Island College (Comox Valley Campus)
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,220
Careers: Head Nurses and Supervisors,Nurses (RNs)

Admission Requirements


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  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics 

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Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]