Frequently Asked Questions

Attention Fall 2023 applicants.

Please visit FAQ #23 for more updated instructions and dates made available to complete the CASPer to be considered in the next intake.

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 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. 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. When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 31 of each year for the following fall intake. High school students are expected to submit interim grades prior to the deadline and their acceptance is conditional and contingent on successfully completing coursework. All post-secondary, ABE and UPREP courses must be completed by January 31 to be considered for admission.

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

See admission requirements for the fall 2023 intake.

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

Yes, TRU does accept high school students each year. The number of seats offered to high school students vary from year to year depending on the applicant pool. The high school admission average was 94% for the fall 2022 intake.

5. Will TRU require an interim transcript for high school student applications?

High school students must provide an official interim transcript (or a Diploma Verification Report) by the application deadline, so that we have the most up-to-date grade information.

How to submit high school transcripts

Interim grades will only be accepted for high school students.

6. Will TRU require an interim transcript for post secondary (ABE, and UPREP) student applications?

Interim grades are not accepted for post secondary students. Post-secondary, ABE, and UPREP courses must be completed by January 31 to be considered admissible for the following fall intake.

7. What additional grade 11 or 12 science is recommended?

Any science 11 or 12 used to complete a high school diploma is accepted as the BScN admission requirement. It is recommended students select a science in which they can obtain a high grade. For example: Earth Science, Geology, Life Science, Chemistry, or Physics.

8. What post-secondary courses should I consider towards my 1000 Mathematics, Sciences or Social Sciences?

Any of the following courses would be acceptable in their respective categories.

Mathematics & Sciences:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth science
  • Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Nature Resource Sciences
  • Ocean science
  • Physical anthropology
  • Physical geography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Social Sciences:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • International relations/Organization Behaviour
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Regional, human or cultural geography
  • Sociology

9. Is there are prerequisite for biology in the program?

Yes, although students may be admissible to the BScN program, they must ensure that they meet the course requirements for BIOL 1592/1594 and BIOL 1692/1694 in order to successfully progress through the program. The minimum requirements are Anatomy & Physiology 12 with a minimum grade of C+ or BIOL 0600 and Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500 (see Admissions Requirements). Current TRU students should connect with TRU Advising and non-TRU students are encouraged to connect with TRU Future Students.

10. Is there are prerequisite for English in the program?

Yes, although students may be admissible to the BScN program, they must ensure that they meet the course requirements for ENGL 1100 in order to successfully progress through the program. The minimum requirements are English Studies 12 /English First Peoples 12 with a minimum 73% or equivalent (see Admissions Requirements). Current TRU students should connect with TRU Advising and non-TRU students are encouraged to connect with TRU Future Students.

11. When do my courses need to be done by to be considered in my application?

To be considered admissible, students must have all courses for assessment completed by January 31 (end of application period for the following academic year). Post-secondary students with courses in progress after application deadline will not be assessed for admission (UPrep/ABE included). This does not include high school students, who are able to submit interim grades as part of their application. Please note that all offers are conditional pending final marks and program approval.

12. How would International Baccalaureate (IB) marks work for admission in to the BScN program?

  1. The IB program captures SL (standard level) and HL (higher level) coursework. SL credits may be usable toward the grade 11 and 12 admission requirements. If students have completed HL coursework, this will be assessed for credit to TRU based upon the acceptable levels according to 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.
  2. If you have a high school student currently in the IB program, they are welcome to apply and will be evaluated as a high school applicant. Upon completion of the IB program, HL coursework may be considered and may provide advanced credit.

13. Is there equity admission (recognition of students from diverse backgrounds that reserve a percentage or additional number of seats per cohort) in the BScN program?

Yes, eight seats or 10 per cent are reserved for students who self-identify as Indigenous.

14. Can a blend of high school and post-secondary courses be used to satisfy the admission requirements?

No. Students will either be ranked in the high school or post-secondary category depending on the number of credits they have completed at a post-secondary level. Once a student crosses in to the post-secondary threshold, they will be considered on post-secondary courses only.

15. If I repeat a course to improve my grade, will the repeated course grade be used toward my evaluation?

Yes. This will affect your overall GPA, which in turn will enhance your application ranking.

16. What is considered a competitive student?

This changes each year with the applicant pool. On average, the accepted high school student GPA was 94% and 3.33 for post-secondary. This does not account for CASPer scores.

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

Should a student apply for the BScN program and not be 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. If the program is changed, it is recommended to meet with an Academic Advisor to create a plan that will help strengthen their application for the following year.

Current TRU students should connect with Academic Advising. Non-TRU students should contact TRU Future Students.

18. Will applicants with a healthcare professional designate be more favorable in the admission process?

Yes, applicants with a recognize healthcare professional designation will receive higher consideration in the admission process. These designations include, but are by not limited to:

  • Respiratory therapist
  • Veterinary technician
  • Registered psychiatric nurse
  • Doula
  • Paramedic
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Registered massage therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental hygienist

*Applicants will be required to submit proof of their designation with their application.

19. When will I find out if I am accepted in to 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 established in June and seat offers may continue throughout the summer from this wait list.

20. Does the LPN program ladder in to the BScN?

TRU does not offer an official bridging program for LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse) in to the second year of the BScN program. Over the past number of years, we have been able to welcome a number of LPNs in to 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.

LPNs must 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 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.

Starting in fall 2022, for the 2023 intake, all LPN applicants will be assessed through a competitive admissions process. It is highly suggested that all LPNs applying for advanced placement have their BIOL 1693 (no lab required) and ENGL 1100 completed prior January 31 of the intake year to be considered for admission.

For more information about bridging in to the BScN program, contact nursing@tru.ca.

21. Is seat capacity increasing with the new building?

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

22. Can HCA (Health Care Assistant) and LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) students receive credit for completed courses?

Students are assessed individually for credits towards their BScN degrees. This assessment is based off experience, the graduating institution and program entry. Other health care disciplines may be assessed for credit.

23. What do I need to know about CASPer?

Altus Suite – Comprehensive Admissions Assessments
All applicants applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, at Thompson Rivers University are required to complete Altus Suite for the 2022/2023 admissions cycle.

Altus Suite is a standardized, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

Altus Suite consists of:

  • Casper: 100-120 minute online, open-response situational judgment test

How to complete Altus Suite

In order to take Altus Suite, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection with an internet speed of at least 1.5 Mbps and upload speed of at least 2 Mbps. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Altus Suite:

  • Government-issued photo ID (English/French) for account validation
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
  1. Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for CSP-10202 – Canadian Undergraduate Health Sciences, under your specific country, and register using a piece of government-issued photo ID.
  2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times, which have been pre-arranged/approved by your program(s) in accordance with their admissions timelines. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test based on your program selection(s). There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timelines, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.

Ensure you have selected Bachelor of Science in Nursing for distribution before the posted distribution deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on TakeAltus.com.

Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website.

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for Altus Suite, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here.

*Note: Snapshot and Duet are not required to apply to our program.