How has the admission process and requirements changed?
Changes to the Nursing Program’s admission process and requirements have been finalized. The BSN program has adopted a selective admission process. Selection is based on a combined evaluation of grade point average based on program pre-requisites, an online Computer Based Assessment of Personal Characteristics (CASPer) and residency.
When will new applications be accepted?
We anticipate that fully qualified applicants currently on the waitlist may fill the majority of seats for the 2019/2020 cohort. In the event that seats are not filled, seats will be offered to qualified applicants using the new admission process which opens October 1, 2018.
Applications for the 2020/21 class will be accepted starting September 16, 2019 and close December 14, 2019. All supporting documents must be received by January 15, 2020
Will there be any changes to the number of seats in the program?
No, we will continue to welcome 32 students into the program each year.
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.
Will wait-listed students still be allowed to defer their acceptance?
Wait-listed students may be able to defer from the 2018 to the 2019 intake. However, due to changes in the admissions processes, wait-listed students will not be able to defer their acceptance beyond 2019. Wait-listed or new applicants who wish to defer their acceptance for the 2020 intake will have to start the application process over and follow the process for the new selective (competitive) admission process.
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.
What about high school students?
High school students are eligible to apply in Fall, 2018 recognizing that fewer seats will be available because we are committed to exhausting the previous waitlist of fully qualified applicants. High school students are required to submit interim grades of pre-requisite courses. As noted above, applications for the 2020/21 class will be accepted starting September, 16, 2019. There will be 32 seats offered.
What can I do while I am waiting?
You are encouraged to take the University Arts and Science courses required in the BSN program; these include BIOL 164, BIOL 165, ENGL 110, and two other university level non-nursing electives. To ensure transferable credit for the non-nursing electives, you are advised to contact a Selkirk College counsellor or the Program Coordinator.
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.
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.