Aerial view of VIU campus

Dr. Ralph Nilson Centre for Health and Science

Our new Dr. Ralph Nilson Centre for Health and Scence accommodates the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing, Health Care Assistant and Chemistry programs. As a certified LEED Gold facility, the building transforms the heart of the Nanaimo campus, stimulating undergraduate research and collaboration, and meeting the demand for trained professionals in critical industries.

Oliver Bailey

Health Programs


  • Fully equipped Clinical Skills Lab and Simulation Suites replicate the complex hospital and health centre settings future healthcare professionals will encounter

Joseph Monaghan

Science Programs


  • New space to accommodate the renowned chemical analysis research and training by Applied Environmental Research Lab (AERL)
  • Creation of a new Masters in Chemistry with modern labs and flexible class space

Island Savings made a leadership gift to Imagine VIU of $150,000 to name the 75-seat classroom in the Centre for Health and Science and the green rooftop at the VIU Cowichan Campus.

This gift builds on a rich history of ongoing support of VIU's students in both Cowichan and Nanaimo.