Nursing

Frequently asked questions

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.


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.

Learn more about available courses and upgrading options

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:

  1. Application to Nursing program must be on file.
  2. Academic prerequisites must be completed.
  3. Consultation with program faculty is required.
  4. Faculty will enter "permission to register" or provide you with a permission to register form before you register for each Health Science course.


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 or email plar@ufv.ca.


Once entrance prerequisites have been met, you will receive 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 criminal record check need to be completed for acceptance into 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 document titled Requisite Skills and Abilities for Registered Nurses in B.C.


Please visit Student Services 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.


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.


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