Licensed Practical Nurse Access to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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.

Because you have a life, 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.

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 that degree you’ve been dreaming about. The LPN Access option starts in the third semester (2nd year) of the BSN program.

Where will my classes be held?
The nursing program is delivered on 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 .

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 receive 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

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 or email .

Is there anything else?
Once prerequisites have been met, you will be sent a letter acknowledging your “complete” status. Each fall complete applicants are invited to attend an information session. You will write an application essay at that time. Individual interviews are arranged with program faculty. 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. Hepatitis B immunization will be provided upon entry into the program if you haven’t already been immunized
  • 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.

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.Follow this link to the Download Centre to find the application forms you will need.

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Follow this link to UFV’s online 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


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 12-17 credits per semester. You should note that 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 .

Visit our fees and costs webpage for additional information.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
Please visit 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 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.


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