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Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing

If a rewarding and exciting career in primary health care is in your future, join UNBC and our collaborative partners to earn the degree you need to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Employment opportunities for nurses in northern B.C. are trending upwards.

The Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP) introduces students to the unique aspects of delivering health care in small urban and rural communities located throughout B.C.’s northern region and beyond.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
Prince George
136 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Practicum,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option

Program Details

The NCBNP curriculum is designed for you to: 

  • consider the physical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual domains of clients
  • demonstrate cultural sensitivity 
  • collaborate with clients, other health-care providers, and the community

You will appreciate how nursing advocates for a health-care system that:

  • emphasizes health promotion and illness prevention
  • is based on practical, affordable, manageable, culturally acceptable care and technology
  • is available for all clients in a universal, equitable manner

Offered collaboratively between UNBC, the College of New Caledonia (CNC), and Coast Mountain College (CMTN), the NCBNP provides a four-year integrated program culminating in a UNBC Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

Graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN and to apply for registration with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) after passing the exam.

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Registered Nurse
  • Nursing manager
  • Surgical nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Nursing educator
  • Nursing researcher
  • Hospital administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy consultant
  • University instructor
This degree provides a strong foundation for work in clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Building on your undergraduate degree, your future could include a master’s degree in nursing or PhD.

Why at UNBC

  • Prepare for a career as a Registered Nurse with a special emphasis on the health needs of northern populations
  • Develop critical thinking, apply effective clinical decision making, and gain practical experience in a variety of health-care settings
  • Learn the practice of nursing through the application and evaluation of knowledge, the practice of skills, and the internalization of caring and professional attitudes
  • Study theory online and in the classroom, practice in nursing laboratories and high-fidelity simulation centres, and apply it all through sequential practica in diverse clinical settings
  • Choose from potential opportunities to participate in specialist courses in nursing in your undergraduate degree
UNBC motto

'En Cha Huná

UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.

Admission Requirements


Full NCBNP Admission Details, including Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Access

Partner Colleges

UNBC delivers this program collaboratively with partner colleges. Interested students apply directly to and complete years 1 and 2 of the program at the partner college in their preferred location:

Competitive Entry

The NCBNP is a competitive-entry program. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program, as seats are limited.

Indigenous Applicants

Self-identified Indigenous applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for the program receive priority for up to 20% of the first-year seats.

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 70% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (minimum 70%)
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (minimum 73% completed within five years of acceptance)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)
  • Chemistry 11 (minimum 70%)
  • Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 (minimum 70%)

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

Transfer Requirements                                            

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • Meet the above high school admission requirements or their college/university equivalents; high school transcripts may be requested.
  • Transfer credits may be awarded for coursework completed at recognized institutions

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,870 $24,770
Student Fees* $1,185 $1,185
Books* $1,700 $1,700

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

We Are Here to Help

This is your personal guide through every step of the admissions process. We are here for one reason: to support you. We help every part of the admissions process make sense. Just ask us.

Email: futurestudents@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6306

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