Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application period?

  • Applications are accepted from November 1 to February 15.
  • All academic requirements must be completed and submitted by February 28.
  • Specific application dates will be posted on the College website each year.

What happens if I apply outside of the application period?

Your application will not be accepted outside of this time frame.

Can I apply if I do not have all of my admission requirements completed?

Yes, you can apply anytime between November 1 and February 15. However, all of your academic requirements must be completed and submitted by February 28 to be considered for the following September’s intake.

How many students are admitted into the program each year?

We welcome 32 new students into the program each September.

What are the admission requirements?

The academic requirements for the BSN program must be current within five years of applying to the program. The academic requirements are:

  • BC secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • Minimum 70% in BIOL 090 or Biology 12
  • Minimum 70% in CHEM 080 or Chemistry 11
  • Minimum 70% in MATH 080, MATH 082 or MATH 090 or Math 11 (as of 2013 in Foundations or Pre-Calculus Math 11 or 12)
  • Minimum 70% in English 090 or English 12 or equivalent
  • Completion of CASPer testing. You are responsible for arranging your CASPer testing.

Note: Non-academic requirements are also required. You can find more about these on our Admission Requirements page.

What is CASPer?

  • CASPer stands for Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics. We utilize CASPer as part of our admissions process to assess for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that are important for student success in the College’s BSN program.
  • CASPer is an online assessment that uses scenarios that focus on personal and professional characteristics such as professionalism, ethics, communication, and empathy.
  • No studying is required for CASPer but we do advise you to familiarize yourself with the test structure and requirements at

Is there a waitlist?

Applications are accepted on a yearly basis and a waitlist is not maintained. If you are not awarded a seat, you will need to reapply again the following year.

What can I do to improve my chances for success in the program?

  • English 100, Biology 181, 182 and three non-nursing electives that transfer to the University of Victoria are available without entry into the BSN program.  Completing these courses prior to entering the program will reduce your course load once you are admitted. We recommend you meet with an Educational Advisor prior to choosing your courses. You can make an appointment with an Educational Advisor by calling 250-489-8243 or toll free 1-877-489-2687 x3243.
  • The BSN program is challenging.  In addition to completing some of the non-nursing courses required prior to entry into the program, we would recommend you consider upgrading your math, science and english courses to keep the information fresh and current.  Enrolling in an academic writing course will also help you complete course requirements once you are admitted into the program.

What if I require an accommodation?

If you have concerns that you might need accommodation to meet one or more of the requisite skills and abilities, you will need to provide the following additional information:

  • Your reason for feeling you may not be able to meet the requisite skills and abilities, including your standing in a protected group (race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation).
  • Information from an expert about the limitation of the disability.
  • Assessment from the expert about whether or not you can meet the requisite skills and abilities with an accommodation (the expert should get a copy of this list).

While program requirements cannot be lowered, the College of the Rockies disabilities coordinator and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program faculty will work with students to accommodate limitations to the point of undue hardship. This process will be as supportive and inclusive as possible.

Can I get credit for courses taken in a Practical Nursing or Health Care Aide program?

Credits from a Health Care Aide certificate and Practical Nursing diploma programs do not transfer to a BSN program.

Can I transfer university courses from another institution for my electives?

Courses from many institutions may meet the requirements for BSN electives.  We recommend that you speak with an Education Advisor or check on the BC Transfer Guide website.

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