Program Information

School: Vancouver Community College
Faculty: Health Sciences
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Description: This full time program prepares graduates to become registered nurses providing nursing care autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals with people of all ages in a variety of settings – hospitals, communities, homes, clinics and residential facilities. The graduate will be prepared to plan, coordinate and provide care for individuals, families, groups and communities. The graduate is prepared to work in a complex, ever-changing health care system by the use of critical thinking skills and evidence-informed practice.

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national registration exams, and to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia. Registration through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia is required before employment as a RN in BC.

URL: Nursing (BScN) Year 1 Entry at Vancouver Community College
Length: 36 Month(s)
Cost per year:*

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program and does not include compulsory fees.

Careers: Head Nurses and Supervisors,Nurses (RNs)

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

English is the language of instruction at VCC. English proficiency is required for all students entering VCC programs. Students who have been awarded a degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution where English is the medium of instruction will meet the language requirements for all VCC programs. It is recommended that potential students meet with an advisor to determine the best English language requirement pathway. For more information on English language requirements, please visit:

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Work Experience

Applicants are required to have three University Transfer first year courses equivalent to 18.0 credits, which include the following: VCC English 1100 and 1200 or equivalent with a minimum C+ or better in each course, VCC Biology 1120 and 1220 (Human Anatomy & Physiology), or equivalent within the last five years with a minimum C+ or better in each course, and two terms (six credits) of one of the following Humanities course: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or equivalent with a minimum C+ or better in each course. Please visit the website for complete program requirements. Applicants are required to have volunteer experience in a health care setting or employment in a health care field. Volunteer experience will consist of a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work with adults or children in an acute care or community health care agency. A written reference from an employer or volunteer coordinator that reflects the length and nature of the volunteer experience or employment in a health care setting must be submitted.