Frequently Asked Questions
How will UFV prepare me for my career?
UFV’s 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. During the clinical experiences you will work 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. Again, this will prepare you for eventual work in a health care setting.
What type of career can I expect?
UFV’s Nursing degree program is designed to prepare you for a career in health care. Recent health care reforms launched by the provincial government emphasize health promotion, disease prevention, and community-based health care. These changes mean new opportunities for today’s UFV nursing grads, who are recognized as major contributors to health care reform. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to practise in hospitals or in the community — and at many different levels. UFV’s BSN program is designed to prepare you to be an effective and professional nurse in an evolving health care environment.
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 will present 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 is available starting in January in the third semester of the BSN program.
How long will I study before I can earn a degree?
For the basic degree student there are two program options available to you — either three or four years.
- The four-year option has two intakes each year, one in September and one in January.
- The three-year option occurs only in September. (*For LPN Access applicants there is one program intake in January. Applicants accepted into this program will complete the degree in two and a half years).
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 is the program like?
A full description of the courses taken in the BSN program is available in the UFV calendar.
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 15-18 credits per semester. You should note that the majority of books and supplies are purchased in the first semester. Textbooks and supplies for the first semester total about $2,900. 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.
8. What else do I need to know?
All Nursing and Health Science classes are taught at the Chilliwack campus. As a program student, you will purchase a UFV Nursing Program Student Guidelines and Policies manual, which further explains the requirements of the 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 College of Registered Nurses British Columbia at www.crnbc.ca.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, previously taken courses taken at UFV or at other colleges/universities considered for credit in the program. For courses taken elsewhere, the transfer credit process must be completed.
Sounds good, but how do I apply for the program?
Follow our steps to apply and submit all required documents to the UFV Admissions Office.
You should then fill out the application forms and submit them along with the required documents and the $45 application fee, to the Office of the Registrar at any UFV centre or through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca
What is the First Aid/CPR requirement?
A Standard First Aid certificate (minimum 16 hours course) and Basic Rescuer Level C certificate are required on admission. CPR Level C must be kept current throughout the program.
Why is an “N” driver’s license required?
Students need both an ’N’ driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Clinical experiences occur at a number of agencies throughout the Fraser Valley and you are responsible for your own transportation to these locations.
What can I expect next?
Once prerequisites have been met, you will be sent a letter acknowledging your “complete” status. Each spring and fall complete applicants are invited to attend information sessions. You will write an application essay at that time. An individual interview with program faculty may be arranged with you. Additional forms will be enclosed with the invitations and should be completed and returned to the nursing department.
The forms include:
- a health assessment
- an immunization record
- a criminal record check
- If English is not your first language, you might be required to successfully complete UFV’s ESL Advanced Speaking/Listening and Writing course
What are the immunization requirements?
All students must show evidence of immunity in the following areas: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chicken pox prior to entry into the program. Tuberculosis testing must have been within the last year. Students are required to have influenza vaccination yearly once enrolled in the program. It is provided free of charge to Health Studies students.
What is appropriate volunteer/work experience?
It consists of work with adults or children in an acute care, long term care or community health care agency. You must have contact with patients. The focus is learning about nurses’ work.
When should I apply?
You may apply at any time; however, if you plan to start your studies in September, your complete application must be received by January 31. If you plan to start your studies in January, your complete application must be received by August 15. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered if space is still available.
All application forms needed can be found at UFV Admissions.
What can I do while waiting to get into the program?
You may wish to take courses that are required in the BSN program such as:
- English 105 (or equivalent)
- Statistics 104 (or equivalent)
- One of a university psychology, sociology or anthropology
- One other 3 credit university-level courses that does not duplicate content in the program
- A “C” grade must be achieved in order to use the course for credit in the BSN program.
If I don’t get in, then what?
If you are not accepted on your first application to the program; you will be emailed information regarding areas where you might make improvement. You will also be automatically be considered for the next class. If you are not accepted on your second try, your application be inactivated and you will need to re-apply to the program if you want to be considered for entry.
What kind of assistance is there to help me
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.
I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. If you’re unsure of your direction, contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling.
Also, feel free to contact our Health Sciences centre, located on the Chilliwack campus at 604-795-2841, to speak with someone in the department who can answer more of your questions or send us a message with your questions.