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Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing (NCBNP) - Registered Nurse

Overview 

The four-year Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP) prepares students for entry into the Registered Nurse profession. The program is offered collaboratively with the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). After completing two years of study at NWCC Terrace Campus, NCBNP students continue at UNBC Terrace Campus (or transfer to a partner site) to complete third and fourth year of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).

Graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) after passing the exams.

Graduates are prepared for the changing context of health care and health care delivery and are knowledgeable in current nursing practice, with an emphasis on one of the following:
     •  Acute care nursing;
     •  Rural nursing;
     •  Aboriginal health; or
     •  Community health.

Program Outline 

The Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program consists of 134 credits, with 95 required credits in nursing. In order to meet the UNBC graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree, the student must successfully complete the following courses:

Year One
Fall Term (September – December)*

Winter Term (January – April)*

Year Two
Fall Term (September – December)*

Winter Term (January – May)*

Spring/Summer Term

* Schedule subject to change
**Check with a NWCC Educational Advisor for elective options.
Years 3 and 4 schedules are determined by UNBC.

Third and fourth year courses will be taken at UNBC, Terrace Campus. Visit the UNBC website for nursing course descriptions and information about the program’s philosophy and aims.

Career Opportunities 

Today, the opportunities for nurses are practically unlimited. The demand for nurses in all areas of hospital and ambulatory settings is creating opportunities for employment in this secure, well-paid, challenging and rewarding profession. Demands for community nursing, focusing on health promotion, education and illness prevention, are increasing. For self-directed individuals who enjoy the challenge of independent practice, nursing positions can be found in the North and abroad with international health organizations. Nurses are respected professionals and valued members of health care teams everywhere.

Admission Requirements 

Becoming a Registered Nurse in British Columbia – Requisite Skills and Abilities

Admission Requirements

  • Applications must be received by March 31. Note: If all seats are not filled, late applications received after the deadline may be considered if all requirements are met by April 15.
  • All supporting transcripts are due by April 15.
  • Interim grades must be provided by the applicant's school by April 16 for students who are still completing prerequisite requirements. Students must have completed at least 50% of each of these courses by April 15.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by September 1.

Students apply at NWCC but must also meet UNBC admission requirements.
In addition to UNBC admission requirements, students have completed the equivalent of the following BC secondary school courses with a minimum 67% or better each of the following courses:

  • Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11 or Principles of Math 11
  • English 12
  • Chemistry 11
  • Biology 12 with a minimum B (73%) within 5 years prior to semester of admission to the NCBNP

Please discuss prerequisite equivalency options with a NWCC Educational Advisor.

Self-identified Aboriginal applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for the program will be given priority for up to twenty percent (20%) of the first-year seats for the Northern Collaborative Nursing Program (NCBNP)

Admission will be offered to the applicants with the highest GPA in the four specific pre-requisite courses. In the event of a tie these courses will be weighted in the following priority: English, Biology, Mathematics, then Chemistry.

Equivalent courses from the NWCC Career and College Preparation program may be used as prerequisites. Equivalent courses have been identified by UNBC.

University transferable courses in English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics (not statistics) can be used in lieu of the prerequisite courses. Where an applicant has the high school prerequisite courses and more advanced courses, the courses with the higher grades will be used in determining the admission GPA.

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. For the NCBNP the following are required for admission: 

Fulfillment of the BC Secondary School English 12 requirement (67% C+), or equivalent and either a IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by CRNBC for the year of admission.

Immunization and CPR Certification

All students accepted into the NCBNP program are sent documentation and information regarding immunization policies. Once accepted into the program, all students must submit:

- A record of immunization status. The following immunizations are strongly recommended and the current status of each are to be submitted:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella
  • Mantoux test (PPD) for tuberculosis
  • Menningococcal C conjugate for those born on or after January 1, 1988
  • A yearly influenza vaccine. Submission deadline will be announced annually based on release date of vaccine.

Completed immunization form must be submitted to the Admissions Office at the institution the student is currently attending prior to September 30 in the first year of attendance. Failure to do so may result in the student not being allowed to practice in the clinical setting.

- Documentation of CPR certification, level C, which must be successfully maintained throughout the program. Proof of CPR certification (and re-certification, as needed) must be submitted prior to commencement of classes.

- CPR must be re-certified every two years regardless of expiry date on the card.

Criminal Records Search

Students are required to undergo a Criminal Records Search prior to being admitted to year 1. A subsequent criminal records search will be required prior to the start of year 3.

Under the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act (1996), NWCC requires, as part of the application process, criminal records searches for applicants to program areas that involve working with children or other vulnerable persons. The cost of this search is the responsibility of the student.

Criminal Records Search forms will be sent to applicants to the program. Results which identify relevant criminal convictions may disqualify an applicant from admission into a program. Submission of a Criminal Records Search at the point of admission does not preclude either the program or provincial certification bodies from requesting a subsequent Criminal Records Search prior to field placement or professional registration. Please speak with the Dean, Health and Human Services if you have any concerns.

For more information on CRC please visit: http://www.nwcc.bc.ca/admissions/applying-nwcc/criminal-record-check-crc

Qualifications for Degree Program

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her degree requirements are met. To fulfil the requirements for graduation, the student must:

  • attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 (C+) on courses for credit towards the degree
  • obtain a minimum passing grade of 2.0 (C) in ANTH 102, BIOL 131, BIOL 132, BIOL 133, BIOL 220, BIOL 221, BIOL 222, MATH 131 or MATH 251, PSYC 101   and all NURS courses for credit towards the degree
  • complete all requirements for either BScN program within eight years of admission into the program or from the first nursing course used towards the degree

Standards of Professional Conduct

In addition to all University, College, and Program expectations, all students are expected to abide by professional standards as set forth in the CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2002). Violation of professional standards may result in suspension or dismissal from the program or the educational institution.

Dates and Locations 

The program begins in September of each year and is offered at the NWCC Terrace campus (Years 1 & 2) and UNBC Terrace campus (Years 3 & 4).

Work experience practicum portions of the program will include placements throughout the northwest region and may be configured for weekends, evenings, and 4- or 6-week blocks outside sessional dates. Travel, accommodation, meals and other expenses are not included in the program costs and are the responsibility of the student.

Program Fees 

Nursing BScN - Year 1 Program Fees

FEES Full Time (30 Credits)
Tuition: $2685.60
Student Association Fee: $62.76
Student Association Nurse Fee: $10.46
Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $17.64
Technology Fee: $114.60
Registration Fee: $57.60
Infrastructure Fee: $17.10
Lab Fee: $131.85
Graduation Fee:  $16.20
*Books: $2,200.00
*Supplies/Clothing: $800.00
Total: $6,113.81

Lab Fee Note: The fee of $131.85 is for the mandatory courses (BIOL 131/132/133). Lab fees are mandatory and cannot be waived. These non-refundable fees also apply to students with lab exemptions.

For any additional elective courses that have a lab component the fees are:

Lab Fee (per 3 credit course):  $43.95

Fees are effective as of August 4, 2015

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Vaccine costs depend on the needs of the student and are the students responsibility.

Nursing BScN - Year 2 Program Fees

FEES Full Time (38 Credits)
Tuition: $3401.76
Student Association Fee: $94.14
Student Association Nurse Fee: $15.69
Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $26.46
Technology Fee: $145.16
Registration Fee: $72.96
Infrastructure Fee: $21.66
Graduation Fee:  $20.52
*Books: $2,200.00
*Supplies/Clothing: $800.00
*Fieldwork/Practicum: $975.00
Total: $7,773.35

Lab Fee Note: Add for each lab course taken. Lab fees are mandatory and cannot be waived. These non-refundable fees also apply to students with lab exemptions.]

Class Fee Note: Some courses have additional fees built into their syllabus. These are mandatory costs. Fall and Winter of 2nd year is an example of this where $200.00 is needed each term to access online tools.

Lab Fee (per 3 credit course):

43.95

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.