UNBC Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing

Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing

Advance your career as a registered nurse with the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing program. Build on your previous learning and expand your nursing knowledge as you upgrade a registered nursing diploma for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
Prince George, B.C.
Quesnel, B.C.
Terrace, B.C.
45 credits, 
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Practicum,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Jan,  Sep

Program Details

This program is designed for students who have already completed a diploma at a recognized post-secondary institution and wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Take courses focusing on nursing leadership, research, perinatal care, and mental health and addictions.

There are nine areas of clinical nursing concentration to choose from:

  1. Community health
  2. First Nations health
  3. Acute care 
  4. Community continuing care
  5. Mental health
  6. Pediatrics
  7. Perinatal care
  8. Foundations in emergency and trauma
  9. Your choice of specialty areas that blends your interests with opportunities for focused education 
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
Employment opportunities for nurses in northern B.C. are trending upwards. Graduates have opportunities to 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

  • Learn 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 specialized theory and practice nursing courses in an environment that is challenging and supportive
  • Learn nursing practice through applying and evaluating knowledge, refining your practice of skills, and revisiting your internalization of caring and professional attitudes
  • Choose from many courses within this innovative and practice-based program that feature a special emphasis on the health needs of northern and rural clients
  • Develop critical thinking, apply effective clinical decision-making, and gain practical experience from a new vantage point in a variety of health-care settings
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

Admission Requirements

  • Submit official transcript(s) from diploma program showing a 2.0 GPA from most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • Provide evidence of active and continuing registration as a nurse in British Columbia
  • Annual documentation of current, practicing BCCNM licensure is required while enrolled in the program

Transfer Requirements

  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Students who have completed a Registered Nurse Diploma at a recognized post-secondary institution may be eligible to receive up to 60 credit hours towards the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  

In addition to the block credit awarded for the diploma, a maximum of 15 credit hours from other recognized institutions may be transferred into the Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Nursing courses, or their equivalents, must have been completed within five years prior to the semester of admission to be eligible for transfer credit into the nursing program.

    Priority Consideration

    Seats in the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing program are given priority consideration to domestic applicants. International applicants will be considered only if seats remain after all qualified domestic applicants have been considered.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) English requirements found on the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) website

    Tuition and Fees

    Approximate Costs per Academic Year

    (30 credit hours, 10 courses)

      Domestic International
    Tuition* $5,645 $22,460
    Student Fees* $1,000 $1,690
    Books* $1,600 $1,600

    * 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

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    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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