Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is the TRU Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program so competitive?

The BScN program is competitive because of the volume of applications that we receive. For the year 2021/22 academic year, we had well over 500 applicants for the 80 seats available. During the selection process, applicants are assessed on their admission requirements. Applicants that meet the admission requirements and have strong academic performance/grades will be considered for admission. Please note the high school admission average was 94% for the Fall 2021 intake and the post-secondary applicant pool presented an academic history of a 3.33 minimum.

2. What is the application deadline for the 2022/23 year?

Jan. 31, 2022. The applicant will need to meet and be competitive in #3 and #13 below. TRU will only be evaluating courses that are considered completed before January 31, 2022. Highschool applicants will be required to submit interim and final grades as they are available.

3. What are the educational admissions requirements for the BScN Program?

TRU has two education requirements to consider, a minimum and a competitive. The minimum education requirements are: B.C. Grade 12 (or equivalent), B.C. English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73% or equivalent, B.C. Foundations Math 12 (preferred) or Pre-Calculus 12, or equivalent with a minimum 67%, B.C. Anatomy and Physiology 12, or equivalent with a minimum 67%, B.C. Chemistry 11 or equivalent with a minimum 67% and one other Science at the Grade 11 or 12 level or equivalent. Competitive GPA’s are set by the pool of applicants which vary year to year. See point #1 above. Please note that for the Fall 2022 intake, these minimum requirements can be satisfied by either high school or post-secondary credits.

4. Does TRU accept high school students into the BScN program?

Yes, TRU does accept high school students each year. The admission goal is to offer 10-15% of our seats to High School Students and this varies from year to year depending on the applicant pool. Please note that the high school admission average was 94% for the Fall 2021 intake.

5. What grade average should high school students strive for?

On the five high school admission requirements, we expect students to have an A- to A average (at least 94%) to be competitive. Students should aim to have all courses completed or in progress in the first semester of grade 12. Required courses can be in progress at the time of the applicant deadline – however if these students are offered a seat, it is contingent on maintaining their competitive GPA once the official transcript for these courses has been received. Please note that the high school admission average was 94% for the Fall 2021 intake.

6. Will TRU require an interim transcript for high school student’s applications?

High school students must provide an official interim transcript (or Diploma Verification Report) by the application deadline, so we have the most up to date grade information. » How to submit high school transcripts

7. What is the most beneficial additional science at the 11 or 12 level?

Any science 11 or 12 usable towards a high school diploma is considered acceptable towards this requirement.  It is recommended students select a science that they have the best chance of attaining a high grade. Examples of these could be from any of the following subjects: Earth Science, Geology, Life Science, Chemistry, or Physics. Please note that for the Fall 2022 intake, these minimum requirements can be satisfied by either high school or post-secondary credits.

8. How is Pre-Calculus 12 viewed if Foundations of Math 12 is the prerequisite?

Pre-Calculus 12 will be accepted as the math prerequisite, as it is considered a higher level math. We ask for Foundations of Math 12 because it is more in line with the type of math implemented in the BScN program

9. How would a student’s IB marks work for admissions into the BScN program?

a) IB program captures SL (standard level) and HL (higher level) coursework. SL credits may be usable towards the stated grade 11 and 12 requirements. If students have completed HL coursework, this will be assessed for credit to TRU based upon the acceptable levels available to view within the BC transfer guide. Diploma finals for the IB program are written in May of each year. Since the deadline to apply is January 31, assessment of IB coursework would need to be presented to Admissions with student’s College Board transcript and official high school transcripts.

b) If you have a high school student currently in the IB program, they are welcome to apply and will be evaluated as high school applicant. Upon completion of the IB program, HL coursework may be considered and may provide advanced credit.

10. Is there Equity admission (recognition of students from diverse backgrounds and reserves a percentage or additional number of seats per cohort) into the BScN program?

Yes, eight seats or 10 per cent specific to students who self-identify as Indigenous.

11. What can a student do if they are unsuccessful in their BScN application?

Should a student apply for the BScN program and is not successful, they will be given the opportunity to change their program to an open degree (Bachelor of Science for example) without having to pay the application fee again. Once the change is complete they are recommended to meet an Academic Advisor to create a plan that will help strengthen their application for following years.

12. What could students take within the Bachelor of Science program to better their application for the next year?

Applicants wishing to strengthen their application may choose to retake certain Science (or English or Math) courses or take additional Post-Secondary courses from the list below.

  • Five courses are only ever used to calculate the GPA for admission into the TRU nursing program. For example — if a student applies with a B in Anatomy and Physiology 12 and is unsuccessful — they could take BIOL 1592/1594 at the post secondary (PS) level — if they receive an A in this post secondary biology then this mark would be used in the GPA calculations.
  • A post-secondary student with all 5 admission requirements met at the PS level, given their GPA is the same as a post secondary student with just two admission requirements at the PS level — the former applicant would have a better chance of being offered a seat.

13. What should be in a Letter of Introduction? (Please note this letter may be replaced by the CASPer situational judgement assessment tool for admission in September 2023)

This is a two paged typed letter that includes a brief personal history (including health related experiences), reasons for choosing nursing, and positive attributes the applicant brings to the program and nursing profession. Volunteer and leadership experiences can be included here.

14. What does the ideal BScN applicant look like?

Ideal applicant attributes include:

  • Good knowledge of Biological science
  • Ethical and self motivated
  • Ability to work well in a Team
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understands the realities of being a Registered Nurse

15. Are there ‘bonus points’ for student’s relevant volunteer experience?

As volunteer hours are not a prerequisite for the BScN, there is not a scale on which to judge applicant volunteer hours. The way these hours can be beneficial is discussing them in the letter of introduction.

16. When will students find out if they are accepted into the BScN program or not?

TRU strives to make admission decisions by the end of April. This does vary year to year depending on the size of the applicant pool. A wait list is generally created in June — and seat offers may continue throughout the summer from this wait list.

17. Does the LPN program ladder into the BScN?

TRU does not offer an official bridging program for LPNs (licensed practical nurse) into the second year of the BScN program. Over the past number of years, we have been able to welcome a number of LPNs into a second year seat. This is largely dependent on funding and seat availability. Prospective LPN students should apply for a year 1 seat with general intake, and will be considered based on funding and seat availability.

 Please note the LPNs are required to meet program requirements and have completed 1600 hours of work experience to be considered for a year 2 seat. If offered a year 2 seat, LPNs must successfully complete ENGL 1100 and BIOL 1693 or equivalent with a 60% or higher prior to program entry the following fall. Failure to successfully complete ENGL 1100 and BIOL 1693 or equivalent will result in loss of the student’s seat.

 For further questions about bridging into the BScN program, please contact nursing@tru.ca.

18. Is the seat capacity increasing with the new building?

No. Seat capacity is based on government funding and also tied to student practice placements. At this time, no additional BScN seats will be available.