How much does the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program cost?
As a Selkirk College student, your fees will be approximately $2500.00/semester for the first five semesters. Completing the final three semesters as a University of Victoria student, your costs will be approximately $11,000.00 in total. It is reasonable to budget for $26,000.00 for the four year degree program. These numbers do not include food, accommodation, books, or fees associated with professional registration prior to graduation.
Am I able to transfer to another university or college and receive credit for nursing courses completed at Selkirk College?
Several institutions in the province deliver a similar curriculum and support transfer; these include College of the Rockies, Camosun College, North Island College, and Vancouver Island University. It is important to note that transferring is better at some points of the program (e.g. at the end of an academic year) and are dependent on seat availability. Students completing the first five semesters of the BSN Program at Selkirk College receive block transfer with the University of Victoria.
Will I be able to complete practicum hours in my home community?
You will need to travel to a variety of hospitals and agencies in the West Kootenay region for nursing practice experiences between September and April. Consolidated Practice Experiences in the spring provide more opportunity for students to work outside of the region and relocation may be required.
I understand that it often takes up to two years to get a seat in the program. Can I get a jump start while waiting?
Absolutely! You are encouraged to take the first year English 110 and Biology 164/165 requirements and up to three non-nursing electives. Any course that is transferable to the University of Victoria is eligible to count as an elective. In order to verify whether an elective is transferable, please consult the transfer website at http://www.bctransferguide.ca or meet with a College counselor. Most University Arts and Science (UAS) courses are transferable.
May I pursue a specialty area of nursing practice such as critical care while studying at Selkirk College?
The BSN Program is a generalist program and supports graduates in attaining the entry level competencies required of Registered Nurses in the province of BC. You may be able to gain more in-depth knowledge and experience in an area of interest in your 4th year of study and practice experiences. It is important to connect with the Program Coordinator to discuss these opportunities.