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Program Paths

Program paths allow students who do not meet the entrance requirements for many UCFV programs to begin studying in their preferred area.

Paths exist for Adult Education, Arts, Business, Child and Youth Care, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Kinesiology, Library and Information Technology, Nursing, Science, and Social Services.

Following a program path allows you to:

• take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for a program
• take courses to fulfill the first- or second-year requirements for professional programs
• take some of the courses from your preferred program
• take a few courses to get started if you are not ready to take a program full-time

There is also a Studying for Interest path, if you intend to take a course for interest with no particular program in mind.

Entrance requirements for all program paths

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.

How to apply to any of the program paths

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from See the Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and related information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Proof of graduation (an official high school transcript) if you are under 19 and no longer in school.
• A transcript is recommended for students over 19, in order to meet course prerequisites.

No documents need to be submitted by students currently in Grade 12, until final grades are available at the beginning of August.

You must show that you meet the prerequisites for each course. All prerequisites must be met when you register, except for students currently in Grade 12 who will have until the beginning of August to meet high school prerequisites.

If a UCFV Placement Test or College & Career Prep assessment (CCP) score is required, please make arrangements to write it early in the year.

2. Upon admission to UCFV, you will be provided with registration information. You should contact a Student Services educational advisor if you require assistance in choosing your courses and planning your timetable.

3. For students under 19 years of age, admission is conditional upon B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of graduation is due at the end of the first week in August for the Fall semester. B.C. Grade 12 students can arrange at their schools to have transcripts sent directly to UCFV.

Note: It is essential that you provide your Provincial Education Number (PEN) on the application form.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course.


First-year courses can be completed at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus. A limited set of courses is available at the Mission campus.

Program path guidelines

Course selection

When selecting your courses, refer to the entrance or program requirements for your intended program so that credits you complete while in a program path may be applied to your preferred program at a later date. You may enrol in courses for which you meet the prerequisites. It may be difficult to enroll in some courses as seats are reserved for students admitted to the program. Students on a program path may be able to enrol in these courses if there are vacancies after program students have registered. Refer to the course descriptions for course prerequisite information. If a placement test is required, please make arrangements early in the year to write it.

Student Services educational advisors can assist you in developing an individual educational plan. Advisors encourage all new students to attend a free “Becoming a Student” session. Visit for dates, locations, and information on how to sign up for a session, or call Student Services at 604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack), or 604-826-6000 (Mission).

If you need more individualized assistance after attending the “Becoming a Student” session, please contact Student Services to make a confidential 45-minute appointment with a Student Services educational advisor. These appointments can help you refine your goals and objectives, understand available choices, and select courses which will apply to your intended program or programs.

Course transferability

Be sure to consult an educational advisor in Student Services if you are planning to transfer courses to another university, or check transfer information in the online B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide at We also suggest you pick up your free copy of the Transfer Tips handbook available from Student Services, or online through Some courses carry transfer credit only to certain universities, and careful planning is important. Courses numbered 300 and 400 will be considered for transfer on a course-by-course basis by the university to which you are transferring.

For further information on transferring credit, please see Transfer to Other Institutions.

Continuance in a program path

Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA will result in loss of registration priority for subsequent courses.


Students may not graduate from a program path. They should apply and be admitted to one of the programs that a path leads to. For more information, please see below.

Paths to programs

Adult Education Studies
• Bachelor of Arts (Adult Education) degree

Arts Studies
• Bachelor of Arts degree
• Associate of Arts degree (all options)
• Liberal Arts diploma
• Fashion Design diploma
• Graphic Design diploma
• Theatre Arts diploma
• Visual Arts diploma

Business Studies
• Bachelor of Business Administration degree
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation) degree
• Business Administration diploma
• Accounting certificate
• Administration certificate

• Marketing and Sales certificate

Child and Youth Care Studies
• Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Care) degree
• Early Childhood Education diploma
• Early Childhood Education certificate

Computer Information Systems Studies
• Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree
• Computer Information Systems diploma
• Computer Information Systems certificate

Criminal Justice Studies
• Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
• Criminal Justice diploma

Kinesiology Studies
• Bachelor of Kinesiology
• Adventure Tourism Training certificate

Library and Information Technology Studies
• Library and Information Technology diploma

Nursing Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (including LPN Access applicants)
• Practical Nursing certificate

Science Studies
• Bachelor of Science
• Certified Dental Assistant certificate
• Dental Hygiene diploma
• Home Support/Resident Care Attendant certificate

Social Services Studies
• Bachelor of Social Work
• Social Service diploma
• Substance Abuse Counselling diploma
• Substance Abuse Counselling certificate
• Community Support Worker certificate

If these paths do not meet your needs, then you may also consider:
• Bachelor of General Studies degree
• General Studies diploma
• Studying for Interest - for students who are taking a course for interest

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