Kwantlen Nursing Admission Essay

Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is undergoing curricular revisions that require Ministry review and approval.

Admission information regarding the Health Foundation Certificate Program can be found online at kpu.ca/health/foundations

Students who successfully complete the HF program may, through a competitive declaration process, continue through the final three years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. For further information, see kpu.ca/health/bscn  and kpu.ca/health/foundations

The program is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

The purpose of the program is to educate nurses to work with individuals, families, groups and communities from a health promotion perspective and with an ethic of caring.

The program will assist students to develop sensitivity to people's experiences with health and healing. Students will learn to work as partners with clients and with other health care providers. Through their understanding of and participation in the changing health care system, graduates will be active participants in creating health for all.

Students complete seven (7) academic semesters and two (2) consolidated nursing practice experiences over four years to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Graduates will be eligible to apply to write national examinations to obtain registration to practice as registered nurses in British Columbia.

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is based on the concepts of caring and health promotion and has been developed in consultation with nursing practitioners, theorists, professional associations, and various government ministries. The program includes non-nursing courses that complement nursing theory and practice. The curriculum considers the changing health care needs of our society. Caring is understood as the attitude and activity of nursing and is considered in every nursing course.

A health promotion perspective has been used to organize the curriculum. This shift in focus from illness to health represents a deliberative move away from a medical model to an understanding of nurses' work as focusing on people and their experiences with health and healing. Inherent in this orientation is the use of teaching methodologies that encourage the development of critical thinking and the discovery of personal meaning and personal power.

There is an emphasis on practice experiences as the foundation of nursing and the recognition that nurses' work requires thoughtful, reflective action as defined by the concept of praxis. To assist in actualizing the concept of praxis, nursing practice experiences have been integrated throughout the program of studies. The concept of praxis is used to guide students to critically reflect on their practice and on their application of nursing knowledge and clinical judgment within the practice setting.

Students who enrol in the program have access to an online student manual that provides information regarding program guidelines. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies and Bachelor of Science in Nursing guidelines. The faculty are continually reviewing the program guidelines in order to offer the best program possible. Guidelines are updated on an annual basis. Therefore, the most current version of any guideline is the one that will apply to all students in that calendar year.

Nursing Practice Experiences

Nursing practice experiences are essential in the nursing program. Students will be directly involved with clients in their homes and in institutional and community settings in each semester. These experiences may involve evenings and weekends. Practice experiences occur throughout the Lower Mainland. Students are responsible for their own transportation and other expenses incurred as part of these experiences.

Some agencies may require students to take an Oath of Confidentiality, have an additional criminal record search, have required immunizations, or have a successful interview with their personnel prior to their agreement to accept the student. Failure to have documentation acceptable to the agency at the time of placement may result in denial of the experience, which in turn may prevent completion of the program of studies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as team members in non-specialized/specialized acute care, intermediate and/or long term care hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, and community health agencies.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • English 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or undergraduate equivalent with a minimum grade of C+; or ENGL 1100 level (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C+
  • Biology 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or undergraduate equivalent with a minimum grade of C+
  • Chemistry 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or undergraduate equivalent with a minimum grade of C+
  • Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or undergraduate equivalent with a minimum grade of C+

Once students have received a conditional offer of admission and before final admission to the program is granted, students must submit the following:

  • Standard First Aid and Canadian CPR Level C courses that are current at the time of entering the program. CPR certification must be current throughout the program and may be required annually by some practice agencies. (All costs and associated updates are the responsibility of the student)
  • An acceptable criminal record review issued by the BC Ministry of Justice, Criminal Records Review Program, completed within six months of enrolling in the program. The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia requires a criminal record search prior to registration as a nurse and a criminal record search may also be a pre-practice requirement of some of the clinical agencies used during the program. (All costs related to this search are the responsibility of the student).
  • Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check.
  • An interview and/or letters of reference may be required
  • Any other specified conditions of admission prior to the date specified in the offer of admission letter

Note: Immunization records are not required until placement in a clinical or practice course, and prior to registration. This will be enforced by the appropriate department prior to the time of registration.

Important Notice for Applicants

Students are encouraged to complete the non-nursing courses prior to admission or during the semester in which they are scheduled. The workload of the program makes it difficult to take these courses at any other time.

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

Selection of Qualified Applicants

Only students who meet all of the admission requirements as outlined above will be considered for admission. Meeting the criteria does not guarantee admission into the program; admissibility will be determined through an established process that identifies an equal number of high school applicants and transfer applicants to whom admission offers will be made.

High School Category

Applicants in the high school category will be selected using the highest cumulative percentages from the English, mathematics, chemistry and biology courses required for admission. One program seat will be reserved for a self-identified Aboriginal student with the highest cumulative percentage. Students currently attending high school will be offered conditional acceptance based on interim grades. Final grades must be equal to or greater than interim grades or acceptance may be withdrawn.

Transfer Category

Students who have a minimum of 24 eligible undergraduate post-secondary credits with a minimum GPA of 2.33 qualify under this category. Students with the highest CGPA from a recognized post-secondary institution will be selected for the number of available spaces.

Continuance Requirements

Students in the program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.33 with no grade lower than C in all required courses, including electives.

Curricular Requirements

Students are required to complete 141 credits of course requirements.

In accordance with the Indicators of Nursing Education Standards established by College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), the maximum allowable time students enrolled in KPU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program have to complete all program requirements for graduation is seven years.

Note: Students re-admitted to the program after an absence are not guaranteed equivalency of previous course-work. Course substitution will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

Year 1

Semester 1: Personal Meaning of Health

All of:
BIOL 1160Anatomy and Physiology I4 credits
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing
(or any first year University transferable English course)
3 credits
NRSG 1122Professional Growth 1: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing3 credits
NRSG 1131Self and Others 1: Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Communications3 credits
NRSG 1142Nursing Practice 15 credits

Semester 2: Chronic Health Challenges

All of:
BIOL 1260Anatomy and Physiology II4 credits
ENGL 1202Reading and Writing about Selected Topics: An Introduction to Literature
(or any first year university transfer English course)
3 credits
NRSG 1211Health: Societal Perspectives, Health and Healing3 credits
NRSG 1243Nursing Practice 211 credits

Year 2

Semester 3: Episodic Health Challenges

All of:
NRSG 2112Nursing Applications 1: Complex Episodic Health Challenges2 credits
NRSG 2142Nursing Practice 312 credits
NRSG 2160Health Science 3: Pathophysiology 12 credits
Elective3 credits

Semester 4: Complex Episodic Health Challenges

All of:
NRSG 2212Nursing Applications 2: Complex Episodic Health Challenges2 credits
NRSG 2220Professional Growth 2: The Nursing Profession2 credits
NRSG 2242Nursing Practice 412 credits
NRSG 2260Health Science 4: Pathophysiology 22 credits

Year 3

Semester 5: Prevention

All of:
NRSG 3130Self and Others 2: Advanced Interpersonal Communications & Reflection on Practice3 credits
NRSG 3142Nursing Practice 5: Mental Health4 credits
NRSG 3143Nursing Practice 5: Child and Family Health4 credits
NRSG 3161Health Sciences 5: Health Challenges for Children and Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan3 credits
PHIL 3010Health Care Ethics3 credits

Semester 6: Health Promotion and Community Empowerment

All of:
NRSG 3212Health 2: Health Promotion and Community Empowerment3 credits
NRSG 3213Public Health & Maternity Nursing Theory3 credits
NRSG 3242Nursing Practice 6: Public Health2 credits
NRSG 3243Nursing Practice 6: Maternal Child3 credits
NRSG 3244Nursing Practice 6: Community Development6 credits

Consolidated Nursing Practice Experiences (CPE) 1 occurs in the academic semester following Semester 6.

NRSG 3350Consolidated Nursing Practice 14.5 credits

Year 4

Semester 7: Societal Health

All of:
NRSG 4112Health 4: Influencing Change3 credits
NRSG 4121Professional Growth 3: Inquiry and Research Methods3 credits
NRSG 4122Professional Growth 4: Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis3 credits
NRSG 4142Nursing Practice 7: Change6 credits
Elective3 credits

Semester 8: Transitions

All of:
NRSG 4242Consolidated Nursing Practice 28.5 credits

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

At a Glance

Faculty of Health

kpu.ca/health

Implementation Date:

Start Date(s):

  •   September
  •   January

Intake Type:

  •   Limited intake

Instructional Cycle:

Program Type:

Credential Granted:

Minimum Credits Required:

Offered At:

  •   Langley

Format:

  •   Full-time

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 10-May-2016

Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Description

The program is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).

The purpose of the program is to educate nurses to work with individuals, families, groups and communities from a health promotion perspective and with an ethic of caring.

The program will assist students to develop sensitivity to people's experiences with health and healing across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Students will learn to work as partners with clients and with other health care providers. Through their understanding of and participation in the changing health care system, graduates will be active participants in creating health for all.

Students complete the Health Foundations Certificate and six (6) additional academic semesters. Graduates will be eligible to apply to write national examinations to obtain registration to practice as registered nurses in British Columbia.

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is based on the concepts of caring and health promotion and has been developed in consultation with nursing practitioners, theorists, professional associations, and various government ministries. The program includes non-nursing courses that complement nursing theory and practice. The curriculum considers the changing health care needs of our society.

A health promotion and constructivist perspective has been used to organize the curriculum. Pedagogy and teaching methodologies encourage the development of critical thinking and the discovery of personal meaning. There is an emphasis on practice experiences as the foundation of nursing and the recognition that nurses' work requires thoughtful, reflective action.

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

Nursing Practice Experiences

Nursing practice experiences are essential in the nursing program. Students will be directly involved with clients in their homes and in institutional and community settings in each semester. These experiences may involve evenings and weekends. Practice experiences occur throughout the Lower Mainland. Students are responsible for their own transportation and other expenses incurred as part of these experiences.

Some agencies may require students to take an Oath of Confidentiality, have an additional criminal record search, have required immunizations, or have a successful interview with their personnel prior to their agreement to accept the student. Failure to have documentation acceptable to the agency at the time of placement may result in denial of the experience, which in turn may prevent completion of the program of studies.

Program Guidelines and Manuals

Students who enroll in the program have access to an online student manual that provides information regarding program guidelines. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies and Bachelor of Science in Nursing guidelines. The faculty are continually reviewing the program guidelines in order to offer the best program possible. Guidelines are updated on an annual basis; therefore, the most current version of any guideline is the one that will apply to all students in that calendar year.  

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

The Certificate in Health Foundations may be completed in two semesters by full-time students or over a longer period of time by part-time students. Upon completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations students may file a declaration of their eligibility and intention to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A limited number of students will be selected to commence Year 2 of the curriculum in January and September of each year as a full-time cohort. Selection for admittance to Year 2 will be based upon fulfillment of the declaration requirements and, if spaces are oversubscribed, GPA. The following additional program admission requirements apply:

  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check

Continuance Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 with a minimum grade of C+ in all required courses, including electives. Nonadherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Health degree must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations with a minimum GPA of 2.33 and no grade lower than C.
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work with adults or children, evidenced by a written reference reflecting the length and nature of the experience.

If spaces are oversubscribed, admittance to Year 2 will be based on GPA from the Certificate in Health Foundations. Upon being offered admittance to Year 2 students will be required to submit documentation of the following before their declaration is granted:

  • CPR level C certificate (Healthcare Provider level C certificate)
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Criminal record check through the BC Ministry of Justice, Criminal Records Review Program
  • Individuals who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Records search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin.

Curricular Requirements

Year 1

The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Certificate in Health Foundations may be completed in two semesters by full-time students or over a longer period of time by part-time students.

Year 2

Following completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations and enrollment into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, the maximum allowable time that students have to complete all program requirements for graduation is seven years.

Semester 3

HEAL 2150Laboratory Practice 23 credits
NRSG 2121Professional Identity 13 credits
NRSG 2135Relational Practice 2: Advanced Communications3 credits
NRSG 2145Nursing Practice 16 credits
NRSG 2175Nursing Applications 13 credits

Semester 4

NRSG 2245Nursing Practice 26 credits
NRSG 2265Nursing Science 1: Pathophysiology 13 credits
NRSG 2266Nursing Science 2: Pharmacology3 credits
NRSG 2275Nursing Application 23 credits

Year 3

Semester 5

HEAL 2250Laboratory Practice 33 credits
NRSG 3121Professional Identity 23 credits
NRSG 3145Nursing Practice 36 credits
NRSG 3165Nursing Science 3: Pathophysiology 23 credits
NRSG 3175Nursing Applications 33 credits

Semester 6

HEAL 3180Nursing Science 4: Health Research for Evidence Informed Practice3 credits
NRSG 3245Nursing Practice 46 credits
NRSG 3275Nursing Applications 43 credits
PHIL 3010Health Care Ethics3 credits

Year 4

Semester 7

NRSG 4145Nursing Practice 58 credits
NRSG 4165Nursing Science 5: Complex Client Care3 credits
NRSG 4175Nursing Applications 53 credits
Elective: Any 3-credit course at the 2000 level or higher from ANTH, CRIM, ENGL, HEAL, HSCI, PSYC or SOCI.3 credits

Semester 8

Note: Students re-admitted to the program after an absence are not guaranteed equivalency of previous course-work. Course substitution will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

At a Glance

Faculty of Health

kpu.ca/health

Program Type:

Credential Granted:

Offered At:

  •   Langley

Start Date(s):

  •   September
  •   January

Intake Type:

  •   Limited intake

Format:

  •   Full-time

Minimum Credits Required:

Instructional Cycle:

Curriculum Effective Date:

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 19-Jun-2017

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