Information for all MN programs

Applicants must apply for a single program option (e.g. APL, NUED, NP or NUHI). Multiple applications will not be reviewed.

There is a mandatory onsite orientation in Victoria before the start of the program (usually the last week of August). Some online synchronous sessions are held to increase interaction between faculty and the diverse group of learners.

Length of program

Full time over two years, which requires continuous registration in three terms per year.

  • Nurse Practitioner: full-time over two years
  • Advanced Practice Leadership and Nurse Educator: can be completed in 2 years of full-time study, but part-time continuous enrolment is available over 3-4 years
  • Master of Nursing / Master of Science in Health Informatics double degree is full-time over three years

Program delivery

All MN programs are delivered online through a variety of distance learning formats, primarily web-based asynchronous learning tools, which make time zone differences less of a concern.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) program is web-based with synchronous and asynchronous delivery. In addition, NP students are required to live in the province of BC.  NP faculty make site visits to practicum locations each term, and student attendance is required at skill-building, instructional onsites in Victoria each term (3-5 days).

Nursing practice requirements

Nursing practice experiences are essential components of the nursing program. If a student is completing hours outside the province/territory/state where they are currently registered, they must acquire active practicing registration in the jurisdiction where these practicum hours take place. Arrangements and associated costs related to nursing practice experiences are the responsibility of the individual student.

NOTE: Nurse Practitioner students regularly travel outside their home community for appropriate practice experiences. They must be willing and able to travel to any health authority in BC to work with a primary care preceptor. Thus, students must have access to a vehicle during the program. Students must be a resident in British Columbia and hold active practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) for the duration of the program.

UVIC –BCIT Graduate Pathway

The University of Victoria, School of Nursing and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have collaborated to create the UVic-BCIT Pathway, a cross-institutional agreement to provide academic preparation for leadership in Speciality Nursing. UVic will consider a student applying for admission to UVic’ s Master of Nursing degree, Advanced Practice Leadership and Nurse Educator program options, to have satisfied UVic course requirements for the MN program where the student:

  1. Has met all the general admission requirements above
  2. Has completed one of the nine BCIT Advanced Nursing Specialty Certificates with at least a B+ (77%) or equivalent

Qualified applicants will be granted 4.5 units of block credit towards completion of the MN program upon admission. (These credits will satisfy the program elective course requirements)

The UVIC tuition structure is based on the graduate program rather than individual courses. Students must pay a minimal total program fee regardless of transfer credit received.  However, if a student takes longer to complete than the standards set out by the University, the student will be required to pay additional fees beyond the minimum total program fee. Students receiving block transfer credit equivalent of 4.5 credits for the Advanced Nursing Specialty Certificate will be required to pay the minimum total program fee distributed according to part-time or full-time status.