at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Discover an essential understanding of people within the context of health and healing in today’s society while you prepare for a professional licensure as a registered nurse. As a professional nurse, and a graduate of this program, you will be qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain, and restore patient health.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: School of Nursing
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The four-year Nursing program prepares you to meet the professional practice requirements identified by the licensing body. Admission is open to high school and university transfer students, and the program also offers access points for Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

Experiential learning and research

As a student in the Nursing program, you can get active in the community through School Initiatives. In your third-year coursework you can practise alongside community health nurses working with community groups, and in fourth year you can extend your education further afield with practicum placements. You can conduct research throughout your degree as you engage in service learning projects and/or change projects, and in your fourth year you will also have the opportunity to do a Research Preceptorship, where you will work directly with a researcher.

Join the Nursing Course Union on UBC’s Okanagan campus to connect with your peers, get involved with student life, and explore career options.

Campus features

UBC’s Okanagan campus offers hands-on experience with cutting-edge simulation technology, skill-building labs, and side-by-side inter-professional training. This program received an award of excellence from the Canadian Association of Community Colleges.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

UBC stories

"Once I complete my schooling, my aim is to work closely within the Indigenous population. My passion lies in patient-centered care and ensuring cultural safety, and I'm eager to make a meaningful impact in these areas."

Ashley H., Bachelor of Science in Nursing Read the full story

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Nursing

  • IB Math (Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL or SL, or IB Math Studies is acceptable)
  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in Grade 11 and Grade 12.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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