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This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



Review this program planning guide if you are admitted or conditionally admitted to UFV to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Practical Nursing diploma (PN), Health-Care Assistant certificate (HCA). This page also includes specific program planning information for students entering the Nursing Track.

All three programs have theory and clinical components, that are highly regarded. UFV graduates get jobs!

Program structures and requirements

Nursing programs are highly competitive. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission and all documents must be received by the application deadline.

If you have applied to one of the programs above and are not accepted, you will be entered into Qualifying Studies* in order to:

  • Upgrade, if necessary, for your desired program.
  • Have the option to take a few non-nursing classes (applicable to BSN only).
  • Register for PNUR 147, pending seat availability (applicable to PN diploma only). Options outside of UFV for this course can be found in this Transfer Guide for PNUR 147.

* If you have a future application pending, you may be placed in Nursing Track. This allows you to take classes, if needed, as above.

Nursing Track

Once you apply for the BSN program, your application is labelled Nursing Track (all applicants who apply to the BSN are placed in Nursing Track if they meet the academic threshold). If you are applying for PN and HCA you will be enrolled into Qualifying Studies. Your application will stay in OReg (Admissions department) until academically complete.

Nursing is a competitive program which means that we have more applicants than we have seats for, and we use a competitive process to choose each cohort. We have identified an academic threshold that you must fall within to remain in Nursing Track. Currently, the minimum requirement is a GPA of 3.5 (2 A’s & 2 B’s). Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to Health Studies.

Note: Information can be added to your file. You need to communicate with us as things change or if you have questions. For instance, if you upgrade a mark you need to notify us; it will not automatically go onto your file.

Once our application is complete you become eligible to be considered for the next BSN intake. Being in Nursing Track does not guarantee that you will get into the BSN program.

If you have applied for the BSN program and are in Nursing Track you are eligible to take courses at UFV and will be given a registration time to do so.

Common courses taken include English 105, a psychology, sociology or anthropology, another elective and stats. Applicants often take these courses because they are requirements within the program and if taken ahead of time, it can ease the workload in the program.

All other new students are placed in the program path called Qualifying Studies. This serves a similar process to Nursing Track in that you can take courses at UFV until you are able to enter a specific program. You can also take the courses for the nursing program in this program path as well.

In addition, students who have an interest in other programs in the School of Health Studies — such as PN and HCA — are initially enrolled in Qualifying Studies so you would join them in this group.

A typical day in clinical

Regardless of the stream you choose, a typical day comprises:

  • An 8-12 hour shift is typical (days, evenings, nights any day of the week regardless of the setting).
  • Report & care for multiple patients/clients. Must assess on an ongoing basis as our care settings are becoming more complex. This is whether you work in acute care, community care or residential.
  • Rapidly changing health status: impacts all roles.
  • Involves prioritizing and collaborating (with other members of the team and the patient and family
  • Documentation: again regardless of the role
  • Prepared nurse: often the team lead which involves collaborating and coordinating care with the team.
  • Advocating
  • Discharge planning
  • Reporting

Bachelor of Science Nursing stream

Generic 4-year option3-year optionLNP access option
Year 1 Year 1  
Semester 1 = 14 weeks Semester 1 = 14 weeks  
Semester 2 = 14 weeks Semester 2 = 14 weeks  
Year 2 Year 2 Year 2
Semester 3 = 14 weeks Semester 3 = 14 weeks Semester 3 = 14 weeks
Semester 4 = 14 weeks Semester 4 = 14 weeks Semester 4 = 14 weeks
Year 3 Semester 5 = 14 weeks Year 3
Semester 5 = 14 weeks Year 3 Semester 5 = 14 weeks
Semester 6 = 14 weeks Semester 6 = 14 weeks Semester 6 = 14 weeks
Year 4 Semester 7 = 14 weeks Year 4
Semester 7 = 14 weeks Semester 8 = 18 weeks Semester 7 = 14 weeks
Semester 8 = 18 weeks   Semester 8 = 18 weeks
Total weeks = 116 Total weeks = 116 Total weeks = 88

Practical Nursing diploma stream

  • 2 Year Diploma (19 months long)
  • Expanding roles within the industry
  • The types of patients can vary along with the role
  • Acute care vs. Residential care
  • There is some flexibility in the work environment
  • Competitive entry — most students who applied got in last year

Health Care Assistant stream

  • 6-month program with September and January intakes
  • Graduates are equipped to work in long-term care (residential) and the community
  • We are starting to see HCAs working in medical surgical acute care areas
  • Physically care for patients (bathing, dressing, feeding, getting in & out of bed, etc)
  • We are still accepting applications for the Fall intake
  • Good entry point into Nursing


Where can I learn more about the nursing program?

You can access additional information about your program in two ways:

First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



All nursing programs' workloads are heavy and require good organization and time management.

As a nursing student, you need to be self-directed. Consider the following parameters as you start your nursing program:

  • It might be difficult to work and study for the program
  • Homework will require about 3-4 hours/weeknight, 7-8 on the weekend
  • Think about the commitments you already have and how you might need to adjust them
  • Expect your social life to decrease


Upgrading options


Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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