What is the difference between the three-year and four-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 three-year cohort is enrolled in a summer semester and each semester thereafter until they finish the program. The four-year cohort continues to have summers off and finishes in 4 years. Applicants admitted in January are always in a four-year option.
What is the Nursing Track option?
The Nursing Track option is available to students who have applied to either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing Diploma, or the LPN-Access BSN, but were not accepted, and were instead entered into Qualifying Studies.
While enrolled in Qualifying Studies, you can complete some of the Health Science and elective courses prior to entering the Nursing program, at UFV or other institutions.
A number of seats are available in selected Health Science courses at UFV for Nursing Track students. You must obtain a minimum C grade in these courses in order to receive credit regardless of where the courses are taken.
Completion of the Health Sciences courses does not automatically guarantee a seat in any of UFV Nursing programs.
In order to register in the Health Science courses as a Qualifying Studies student, you must complete the following steps:
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.
What else do I need to know?
Once entrance prerequisites have been met, you will receive a letter acknowledging your “complete” status.
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.
What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
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, you can make an advising appointment with a Qualifying Studies advisor online or phone them at 604-864-4674 to make an appointment.
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 online.