The University of British Columbia has announced that it will be launching a new two-year nursing degree program. The program runs over five consecutive semesters and will support 48 students in Prince George at full capacity; the first students will begin their studies this September.

The program, which will be located in downtown Prince George, will focus on providing a healthcare education opportunity for those living in the North and improving access to healthcare for patients. It will be housed in the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown, where renovations are already underway to create new teaching spaces, including a lab.

The program intends provide more healthcare education opportunities in the North and help improve access to care for patients across the region. It is an expansion of the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NBNP), which launched at the UNBC Peace River-Liard campus in Fort St. John in the fall of 2021.

The new NBNP program provides a different entry point to the profession for learners and provides opportunities for those who may have started their post-secondary journey on a different path before considering a career in nursing.

The NBNP expansion is part of an increase in nursing seats announced by the provincial government in 2022. The Province is adding 602 new nursing seats to public post-secondary institutions throughout the province to help support the health-care needs of British Columbians.