Curriculum Guideline

Academic Foundations for Potential Nursing Applicants

Effective Date:
Program Code
CTAFPN
Discontinued
No
Program
Faculty
Health Sciences
Department
Nursing
Credential Type
Certificate
Transcript Title
Academic Foundations Cert
Date of First Offering
Start Term
202130
End Term
Not Specified
Credential
Certificate in Academic Foundations
Length of Program
One year
Credits
30.00
Admissions Requirements

I. Certificate in Academic Foundations for Potential Nursing Applicants Admission Requirements:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Biology 11 or 12 or Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Foundations of Math 11 or 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)

*In most cases, university transfer* (UT) courses completed in the above subject areas can be used towards meeting the entrance requirements.

II. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Academic Admission Requirements:

Priority admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will be given to students who complete the Certificate in Academic Foundations for Potential Nursing Applicants (AFNURS) and meet all the BSN admission requirements. Students who are offered a seat in the AFNURS program are not guaranteed admission to the BSN program. Students who meet the minimum academic admission requirements for BSN are also not guaranteed admission to the BSN program.

The BSN program is in very high demand. Students are encouraged to consider a second choice of academic program or path in the event that seats are not available in the BSN program.

To be eligible for admission to the BSN program, students must meet the following requirements:

Note: A maximum of 2 attempts*** includes the following possible combinations:

  • All attempts in these required courses, including those taken at other post-secondary institutions, will be included in calculating the applicant's GPA, and reviewed to ensure course repeats do not exceed the limitations****.
  • No previous withdrawal from any nursing program(s) in Canada****.

*A university transfer (UT) course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCO, UBCV, UNBC or UVIC according to the BC Transfer Guide.

**BIOL 1109 can be used as a substitution for BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1209 can be used as a substitution for BIOL 1203.

***The maximum number of attempts in a required course is limited to 2 (1 original attempt + 1 repeat attempt). A withdrawal (W notation) is considered an attempt. See Course and Status Changes Policy.

****Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted directly to Douglas College. Failure to do so may result in the application being denied, and/or the student being withdrawn from the program and/or College in accordance with the Academic Integrity Policy.

Note: Students who have shown the greatest success in the BSN program have typically completed the required AFNURS courses within 1 to 2 years.

 

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College if students are applying to graduate with a Certificate in Academic Foundations

 

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Select one course from the following two options:
MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics 3.00
PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Psychology 3.00
Required Courses:
BIOL 1103* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00
BIOL 1203** Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00
BIOL 2200 Pathophysiology 3.00
BIOL 2401 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
Elective Social Sciences/Humanities (UT)** Select any university transferable Social Sciences/Humanities course. 3.00
Elective ENGL (UT)*** Select any university transferable English course 3.00
Elective (UT)*** Select any university transferable course. 3.00
Elective (UT)*** Select any university transferable course. 3.00
Total Credits   30.00

*BIOL 1109 can be used as a substitution for BIOL 1103.

** BIOL 1209 can be used as a substitution for BIOL 1203.

***A University Transfer (UT) course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCO, UBCV, UNBC or UVIC according to the BC Transfer Guide.

The following courses are highly recommended for the UT elective and/or the ENGL requirements:

  • ANTH 1120: Native Cultures of British Columbia
  • ANTH 1160: Canadian Native Cultures
  • HIST 1165: Health and Medicine in History
  • HIST 1170: Global Indigenous Histories
  • HIST 2210: History of British Columbia
  • HIST 2270: Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • Any course designated as meeting the Indigenous content requirement for the Certificate in Academic Foundations (Indigenous Studies)