VIU Limited Entry Program Advising

Limited Entry programs have a limited number of seats/students they can accept for each intake (fall semester and/or other posted start time).  Open Admission programs do not cap or limit the number of students accepted to each intake.  If an applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of an Open Admission program at VIU, they will be offered admission.  Limited Entry programs have minimum admission requirements but meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to applicants.  Admission becomes competitive based on the admission criteria and minimum grades, scores and/or other requirements are dependent on the number and quality of applicants and vary year to year.  You may be able to get some indication of how to ensure you have a competitive application from the information below and by connecting with Educational Advising with your questions.

Back up planning is recommended with all Limited Entry programs. 

  • What will you plan to do if you are not admitted to the program?
    • Would you be interested in taking courses to improve your chances of admission to the next intake?
    • Are you interested in attending VIU to take courses towards the goal?

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    • consider upgrading high school English, Math, Chemistry and Biology requirements for a more competitive admission GPA.  VIU Adult Basic Education or online K-12 schools are options.  Higher level courses (e.g. first year English or Anatomy and Physiology courses) may also improve your admission score.
    • apply to VIU Exploratory Studies or Bachelor of Arts to take courses towards the goal following the   PreBSN students can take two of ENGL 115, 125 and 135, BIOL 156 and 157 (ensure earliest possible course registration) and two electives towards the program without being admitted.
    • apply again the following year for program admission.  CASPer must be taken again.

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Education

Year 1 -

  • Admission rankings are determined by a combination of English and Math requirements (40%) and CASPer test results (60%).
  • More information about the CASPer test, including test dates
  • Back up planning:
    • consider upgrading high school English and Math requirements for a more competitive admission GPA.  VIU Adult Basic Education or online K-12 schools are options.  Higher level courses (e.g. first year English courses) may also improve your admission score.

Year 3 -

  • Admission rankings are determined by a combination of GPA (60%) and CASPer test results (40%).
  • GPA is calculated on most recent 60 credits attempted
  • Back up planning:
    • consider taking additional post secondary courses under VIU Bachelor of Arts or Exploratory Studies to add teachable subjects and improve your admission GPA.

Bachelor of Education - Post-Baccalaureate

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major

  • Aboriginal students can apply for reserve seats by submitting the Access Initiative for Aboriginal Students form.
  • Back up planning:
    • consider upgrading high school English and Math requirements for a more competitive admission GPA.  VIU Adult Basic Education or online K-12 schools are options.  Higher level courses (e.g. first year English courses) may also improve your admission score.
    • apply to VIU Exploratory Studies or Bachelor of Arts to take courses towards the goal following the 
    • apply again the following year for program admission and access to reserved CRIM course seats.

Bachelor of Kinesiology

  • Back up planning:
    • consider upgrading high school English and Biology requirements for a more competitive admission GPA.  VIU Adult Basic Education or online K-12 schools are options.  Higher level courses (e.g. first year English courses) may also improve your admission score.
    • apply to VIU Exploratory Studies or Bachelor of Arts to take courses towards the goal following the 
    • apply again the following year for program admission and access to reserved KIN course seats.


Dental Hygiene Diploma

  • are 30 credits of university studies.  Admission is not straight from high school but there are a number of high school courses required to take all of the admission requirements: English 12, Foundation of Math 12 or PreCalculus 12, Biology 11 or 12, and Chemistry 11 or 12.
  • Apply to VIU Exploratory Studies or Bachelor of Arts in order to take the admission requirements for this program. *consider spreading the admission requirements over two years to ensure a positive and successful start towards this goal and grades that will give a competitive admission GPA.
  • Back up planning:
    • consider staying in or applying to VIU Exploratory Studies or Bachelor of Arts to retake qualifying courses to raise your admission GPA if it is not competitive.

Practical Nursing Diploma