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In the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program you’ll learn to provide quality care for your patients as a registered nurse. The program includes:

  • practicum placements, including clinical simulation
  • research and scholarship-inspired teaching

Potential careers

What can you do with a nursing degree? Here are a few jobs and fields that relate to the program:

  • critical care nursing
  • medical and surgical nursing
  • emergency nursing
  • community nursing
  • primary care nursing
  • public health nursing
  • Indigenous health nursing
  • home support nursing
  • home support supervisor
  • mental health or psychiatric nursing
  • senior's health nursing
  • child health nursing
  • policy analyst
  • health analyst
  • clinical research coordinator
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • nursing educator
  • operating room nursing
  • rural nursing
  • palliative and end-of-life nursing
  • maternal and infant health nursing

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the nursing program

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to nursing:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the nursing program offer extensive hands-on learning.


NURS 341 - Professional Practice IV: Nursing Inquiry                          
Explore nursing knowledge, integrating practice, theory and research

NURS 342 - Health and Healing VI: Global Health Issues        
Engage with chronic, episodic and emerging health issues

NURS 350 - Health and Healing VII: Promoting Community and Societal Health
Learn to promote health and support community development from the perspectives of equity and social justice 

NURS 360 - Professional Practice VI: Nursing Research         
Learn to understand, critique and use nursing research

NURS 425 - Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
Use qualitative and quantitative research to enhance practice

NURS 430 - Professional Practice V: Leadership in Nursing  
Learn to integrate theory and practice of leadership

NURS 481C - Nursing Practice in Hospice Palliative Care
Explore the human experience of people living and dying

NURS 482 - Pharmacological Knowledge for Nursing Practice
Learn about pharmacological, herbal and homeopathic interventions

NURS 484 - Understanding Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
(involves engagement with Indigenous communities)           
Explore relational practice, cultural safety and power with Indigenous people in Canada

NURS 496 - Nursing with Childbearing Families
Explore nursing care for families from preconception through the childbearing years

NURS 497 - Nursing at the Intersections in Mental Health and Substance Use
Learn about substance use and addictions in Canada through case study, context-based learning and arts-based approaches

Field placement          

NURS 456 - Nursing within Communities and Health Systems
Experience with leaders in health and other service systems, 1 day a week


NURS 370 - Consolidated Practice Experience III
Integrate theory in practice in a 6-week practicum

NURS 470 - Consolidated Practice Experience IV
Integrate theory in practice in a 6-week practicum

NURS 475 - Consolidated Practice Experience V        
Consolidate registered nurse professional role in 6-week practicum 

NURS 491 - Nursing Practice VIII: Transitions
Consolidate registered nurse professional role in 6-week practicum and simulation

Professional and technical skill development           

NURS 487 - Health Care Law
Learn the legal aspects of health care and when to use legal counsel

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the nursing program.

Regulated by British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives

  • understand what is required to pass the British Columbia RN nursing licensing exam
  • take professional responsibility and be accountable
  • use nursing knowledge
  • practice nursing ethically
  • serve the public
  • regulate yourself

What's next?

To explore more visit the nursing site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.