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School of Nursing Undergraduate programs

School of Nursing Students

Nursing is a dynamic and exciting career with infinite possibilities.

The School of Nursing offers two options for completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

College-University transfer BSN program - on campus
As a continuing student from one of our program transfer partner sites you will complete 3rd and 4th year courses to obtain your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Partner colleges: Aurora College, Camosun College, College of the Rockies and Selkirk College.

Post RN Diploma BSN program - distance education
The University of Victoria, School of Nursing has indefinitely suspended further admissions to the post-diploma program.

Contact for inquiries about our undergraduate programs.


The curriculum incorporates four different philosophical foundations that provide a base for the curriculum: phenomenology, feminism, critical social theory, and humanism. The meta-concepts of health promotion and caring are influenced and informed by these philosophical foundations.

The four foundational concepts of ways of knowing, context/culture, time/transitions and personal meaning weave the meta-concepts of caring and health promotion with the four curriculum themes - people's experiences with health; people's experiences with healing; people's experiences with self and others; and people's experiences with professional growth. These philosophical foundations, concepts, and themes are incorporated into every semester in the curriculum.

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The purpose of our curriculum is to educate nurses to work with individuals, families, groups, or communities from a health promotion perspective and an ethic of caring. The curriculum assists students to develop a sensitivity to people's experiences of health, healing and health promotion. By being cognizant of nurses' profession roles, students learn to work as partners with clients and other health care providers. Through their understanding of and participation in the changing health care system, graduates become active participants in achieving health for all. Upon graduation, students are able:

  • to practice nursing with a health promotion perspective and an ethic of caring within a variety of contexts and with a diverse client population;
  • to be an independent, self-directed, self-motivated, and life-long learner with a questioning mind and a familiarity with inquiry approaches to learning;
  • to be self-reflective, self-evaluative, and accountable, and make decisions for nursing practice based on different ways of knowing such as critical thinking, intuition, research, and evaluation;
  • to create and influence the future of nursing practice at a political, social and professional level by responding to and anticipating the changing needs of society;
  • to be prepared to meet the professional practice requirements as identified in the Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurs Practitioners, the Nursing Competencies in the Context of Entry-level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia , and the Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses: Standards, Limits and Conditions as outlined by the CRNBC.

Writing Requirement

University of Victoria Academic Writing Requirement

Strong reading, writing, and research skills are essential to academic success. Regardless of whether you are a native speaker of English or have learned English as an additional language, you will need to develop these skills in order to do well in your university studies.

To ensure that you have an opportunity to develop the advanced literacy skills expected at the university level, all undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program are required to complete a 1.5 unit Academic Writing Requirement-designated course.

Post-diploma students who do not meet the AWR upon admission to the program must register in 1.5 units of an AWR designated course (i.e., ENGL 135 online at UVic or ENGL 1101 online through Thompson Rivers Open Learning) during their first or second term of study in the program.

School of Nursing Academic Writing Requirement

In addition to the university AWR, students entering the University of Victoria BSN degree program are expected to be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing English, with sufficient competency to write University assignments at a third-year entry level.  Competent writing at this level contains few errors in sentence structure, grammar, or English idiom; demonstrates the writer’s ability to develop ideas and knowledge of how to incorporate sources; and is adequately organized according to assignment criteria.

To assess your writing competence, you may wish to take the Academic Writing self-placement questionnaire:

If the result is that you are still developing your skills as an academic writer, you should consider registering in a basic English writing course.

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