LPN access to BSN


Bachelor's degree

3 year fast track

Full time

How to apply

Start date:

Chilliwack campus at CEP

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  • This access option allows licensed practical nurses to bridge into our Nursing program and start in the third semester (2nd year) of the BSN program.


We recognize that careers change and evolve and that’s why we introduced Licensed Practical Nursing Access to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. 

Check out the courses you will be taking in this program.


UFV’s program is approved by the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Upon graduation you will be eligible to successfully write the registration examinations, which will allow you to practise as a registered nurse.


Please see the Academic Calendar. 


School of Health Studies
Phone: 604-795-2841
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441
Fax: 604-858-4773
Email: healthstudies@ufv.ca
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Frequently Asked Questions

How will UFV prepare me for my career?
Our Nursing degree program offers instruction in nursing, health sciences, social sciences, research, and an opportunity for individual focus in a variety of areas.

UFV’s program is approved by the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Upon graduation you will be eligible to successfully write the registration examinations, which will allow you to practise as a registered nurse.

UFV provides course delivery options that are flexible wherever possible and include independent study, lectures, seminars, multimedia approaches, and simulation in labs and tutorials. Clinical experiences occur in hospitals and community agencies with supervised practica, preceptorships, and observational experiences. Keep in mind that clinical experience may include extended work days, evening shifts, and weekends.

I'm already an LPN; can I get more from my career?
Absolutely! UFV recognizes that careers change and evolve and that’s why we introduced Licensed Practical Nursing Access to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. This access option provides you with an opportunity as a licensed practical nurse to bridge into our Nursing program and lead you toward a BSN degree. The LPN Access option starts in the third semester (2nd year) of the BSN program.

Where will my classes be held?
All Nursing and Health Science classes are taught at UFV’s Chilliwack campus at the Canada Education Park (CEP).

What is the program like?
A full description of the courses taken in the LPN Access option is available in the UFV calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar .

What else do I need to know?
As a program student, you are required to purchase a UFV Nursing Program Student Guidelines and Policies manual, which further explains the requirements of our program.
Clinical experiences occur at a number of agencies throughout the Fraser Valley and you will be responsible for your own transportation to these locations.

It’s also important to point out that UFV’s Nursing program is demanding. We ask a lot of our students and if you are taking a full course load, you will not have time to work either full-time or part-time.

You need to assess if you are fit for nursing by considering the skills and abilities required of a nurse. These can be determined by reviewing the document titled Requisite Skills and Abilities for Registered Nurses in B.C. It is available online www.crnbc.ca

What are the entrance requirements for the LPN option?

Visit our entrance requirements webpage for information.

Can I get academic credit for the skills and knowledge that I have gained in my life so far?
Yes. UFV offers Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), a flexible assessment process that evaluates your experiential learning (what you already know and can do) for post-secondary credit. Experiential learning includes independent study, volunteer activities, non-credit courses, workplace learning, and military service. To find out more, check out the PLAR website at www.ufv.ca/plar/ or email plar@ufv.ca .

Is there anything else?
Once prerequisites have been met, you will be sent a letter acknowledging your “complete” status.

  • Complete applicants may be invited to attend an information session. You will write an application essay at that time. Individual interviews are arranged with program faculty. A health assessment form will be enclosed with the invitations and should be completed and returned to the nursing department.
  • an immunization record and a criminal record check will need to be completed for acceptance into the program. 

If English is not your first language, you might be required to successfully complete UFV’s ESL Advanced Speaking/Listening and Writing course.

When should I apply?
You may apply at any time; however, to start your studies in January, your complete application should be received by August 15. Applications received after this deadline will be considered if space is still available.

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Follow this link to UFV’s online calendar www.ufv.ca/calendar. Read the section about our BSN program carefully. Click on the Download Centre on the right of this screen and you will find pdf copies of all the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program forms you will need. You should then fill out the application forms and submit them along with the required documents and the $45 application fee, to the O'Reg department at any UFV centre or through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca

How much will it cost? Can I afford it?
Your fees are calculated based on a fee-per-credit basis. Course credits for the Nursing program are approximately 15-17 credits per semester. The majority of books and supplies are purchased in your first semester. Textbooks and supplies for the first semester total about $1800. Additional textbooks will be required throughout the program. Parking fees are required at some clinical placement agencies.

UFV has a comprehensive financial assistance program including scholarships, loans, and bursaries. You can get all the details from Student Financial Aid Services. You can also download a helpful budget planning worksheet at www.ufv.ca/fineaid/budget .

Learn more about program costs. 


What is the difference between the 3 and 4 year BSN options?

The primary difference lies in the length of time it takes to complete the program; the curriculum is the same. Students in both options start in September each year and move through the program together to the end of their second year with the summer off between first and second year. At the beginning of third year (5th semester) the 3 year cohort is enrolled in a summer semester and each semester thereafter until they finish the program. The 4 year cohort continues to have summers off and finishes in 4 years. Applicants admitted in January are always in a 4 year option.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
Please visit www.ufv.ca/studentservices to learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

Visit our future students webpage if you are new to UFV.

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. We’d love to hear from you. If you’re unsure of your direction, contact the academic advice centre at 1-888-504-7441 to connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling.

In addition, feel free to contact the School of Health Studies, located on the Chilliwack campus at 604-795-2841 or ask us a question.

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