UBC Okanagan

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I'm finishing up my first bachelor degree this coming April, but I'm very nervous about not being accepted anywhere next year. It seems like UBCO admits student based on their average and there is no interview. And my average, after going through 4 years of university, is definitely no where higher than high school students I suppose (those high 90's and high 80's feel so far away lol). Has anyone applied to Okanagan as a degree holder? Will you able to tell a bit about how the application process works for UBCO? Any essay or application profile? Admission decision is 100% GPA/grade-based? They won't consider whether I have volunteering or work experience? Oh no!

Thanks a bunch!

akardan

128 Posts

Specializes in Er/Cardiac.

Green Tea

I graduated from UBCO last June and might able to give my insight about the admission process.

It's true that most universities/colleges are looking for a high GPA. That's true for nursing at UBCO too BUT that's not all. In my experience if you are a mature student with a a reasonable average, you'll have a better chance to get into program. Remember that your previous university experience also will help you to be a good candidate for the nursing school.

As for volunteering or work experience, I thought they actually would value that very much. I vaguely remember now but I think I had to include my work and volunteering experience when I sent my application. That might be changed though, I'm not sure.

Whether you like the program or not, that's different story, but I really think if you're a mature student with decent average you'll be picked up.

Hope this helps.

green_tea

64 Posts

Thank you so much akardan. By any chance, would you be able to tell me the proportion of degree holders and transfer students in your undergraduate class? I would say the the majority of the students are directly from high school.

THanks again!

akardan

128 Posts

Specializes in Er/Cardiac.

You are right. The majority of students were from straight from high school but that's only half or a bit more of the whole 110 students. The rest of them were mature students who were out of school and working for sometimes and then decided to go back to school. I can really tell you the exact number but they were degree holders. I can think of three right at the top of my head right now but I'm sure there were more. Only 4 guys out of 110 students though. I remember that because I was one of them. By the end of the first year, we had 10% withdrawal and fails. However, the LPNs who wanted to pursue Rn education joined us at beginning of the 2nd year. Plus they were returning students from the 2nd year as well.

Your clinical site for the first year is in Kelowna but as you get into 2nd year, you might get a clinical placement at Kelowna, Vernon, or Penticton. Every summer you have to do clinical hours as well and if I recall it correctly, it's 80hours at the end of the 1st year, 160 hours for the second year, 360 for the summer of your third year. Once you're done with your 3rd year, you'll be able to get hired as a student nurse and at the moment the Interior Health allocates about 300 hours for each students who applies.

Let me know if you have more questions. Cheers

green_tea

64 Posts

Thanks akardan.

I was wondering if anyone could let me know when UBC-O notify you that you're accepted into the program? The earliest and the latest?

I'm in such a dilemma right now. An admission staff told me that priority is given to students who have listed UBC-O as their first choice. This would leave me with UBC-V as a second choice. But the problem is that UBC-V probably has an earlier decision date?

Any suggestions/inputs would be appreciated.

Thanks a bunch!

AmandaLeigh

19 Posts

Specializes in telemetry.

I called a couple of weeks ago to ask about the admission process as a degree holder from the US. They let me know that GPA is calculated based on only the last 30 credits completed for the degree program. Therefore, I am basing my GPA average on only the last 10 classes (3 credits per class) I completed for my bachelors degree.

simmm

16 Posts

Hi, 

 

I am going to apply for UBCO nursing program. I am 20 years old. Do you think it would be okay for me to apply with my high school grades? or do you think I should take some uni classes to boost my chance of getting in. I am very stressed, as I am not sure what to do. Please give me any tips!!