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University Credit Program

Overview 

Many education and career paths begin with university credit courses at NWCC. Whatever your career goal - medicine, computer science, chemical engineering, environmental sustainability, education - if you intend to acquire an undergraduate degree at a university you can complete your first two years of study here.

With over two hundred university arts and science courses, you can earn the first two years of a four-year bachelor degree at NWCC, and then transfer directly into the third year of degree programs at BC universities. Register in a single course, transfer two years of university-level credits, take courses for professional development or to fulfill life-long learning needs - you can meet your educational needs in the University Credit program.

Students who complete a minimum 60 specific credits (normally 20 courses) may apply for an Associate Degree of Arts or Science from Northwest Community College. Credits earned at accredited post-secondary institutions in BC may be transferred to Northwest Community College and be used for degree and program requirements.

Students who do not have the prerequisites for the courses they want may upgrade by taking Career and College Preparation (CCP) courses along with selected university credit courses. Talk to an Educational Advisor about how this can work for you.

Program Outline 

University Credit - Options

Northwest Community College offers a comprehensive range of accredited first- and second-year university level Arts and Sciences courses and programs to begin or complete your post-secondary academic education. Students can complete a collaborative Bachelor's degree, an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, and Arts and Science courses that earn credits and transfer to post-secondary institutions in BC. University credit courses are offered during the fall, winter and spring/summer semesters.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Northwest Community College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in collaboration with the University of Northern British Columbia, the College of New Caledonia and Northern Health, and a degree in General Studies in collaboration with Athabasca University.

Associate Degree Programs

Northwest Community College offers two-year university-transferable Associate Degrees in Arts and Science. Associate degrees are valuable employment and education credentials and are equivalent to the first two years of a four-year bachelor degree that, in most cases, transfer directly into the third year of degree programs at BC universities.

University Credit - Bachelor's Degree Path

NWCC offers a comprehensive program of University Credit courses that transfer* to universities, university-colleges and other colleges in British Columbia. First and second year courses are available on a full-time or selected offerings basis at several College campuses. Students intending to pursue an undergraduate degree at a university can complete their first two years of study at NWCC and tailor their course selections to meet the requirements of their desired degree or accumulate credits. Visit the University Credit Courses section for a comprehensive list of all UC courses and the timetable for what is currently being offered.

The Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science Degree are provincial credentials designed to prepare students for careers following graduation or for transfer into a Bachelor's Degree program. The Associate Degree curriculum comprises two years of university level study in a variety of academic areas. Students complete a broad range of courses, balanced with in-depth study in specific disciplines.

NWCC graduates with an Associate Degree who do pursue further study receive priority admission at some BC universities - SFU and UNBC offer an admission advantage to students who have completed an Associate Degree - with many institutions guaranteeing 60 transfer credits for the completed associate degree even if all the courses taken towards the degree don't transfer individually to that institution.

Both the Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science Degree offer flexibility that allow students to plan their educational program and complete the required 1st and 2nd year courses of their intended major. An Associate of Arts Degree is a key pathway to Social Services and Humanities Degrees such as English, History, Psychology and Anthropology and an Associate of Science Degree is a key pathway into Biological, Health and Medical degrees. 

*Students who plan to transfer credit to another NWCC program or post-secondary institution should first consult with the institution to determine admission requirements and appropriate university credit electives. For more information about course transferability visit the bctransferguide.ca.

Career Opportunities 

University credit courses cover a wide variety of subjects and can be taken for professional development or general interest. Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working schedules. Online and distance delivery methods also increase course accessibility.

Seniors can enrol in university credit courses tuition free, based on seat availability. For just the cost of books and materials seniors can purse their learning interests and education goals.

Students who do not have the prerequisites for certain UC courses may upgrade by taking Career and College Preparation (CCP) courses along with the university credit courses they do have the requirements for.

Visit the University Credit Courses section for a comprehensive list of all UC courses and the timetable for what is currently being offered.