Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing (BN)

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What you will learn in this program

Nurses ask questions such as: How do people respond to illness? In what ways are lives impacted by sickness? How are patients cared for when they are unwell?

Leading the way on health-care teams, registered nurses are in high demand for their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge. Over the course of your studies, you'll be involved in active learning within the classroom, with small clinical groups in a variety of off-campus nursing practice settings, and in simulated clinical laboratories.

Career opportunities

​Registered nurses have global career opportunities in community agencies, hospital settings, childcare environments, the research sector, and more. A degree in nursing can also be used as a stepping-stone to another professional degree or further studies at the graduate level.

Courses you'll take:

Academic Writing for Specialized Audiences (Intermediate), Human Anatomy and Physiology, Supporting Health I: Communities and Populations, Supporting Health III: People with Life-Threatening Health Challenges

Admission requirements and information

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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Faculty

Faculty of Nursing

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

Mid 80s

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
  • One approved course or option

Required Courses Notes

  1. Alberta Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 are acceptable.
  2. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  3. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

Learn more about standard admission

Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

Learn more about early admission

Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education.
Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

See English Language Proficiency requirements

Indigenous Admissions Process

When you apply for admission, you'll first be considered under the program admission requirement criteria. If you've self-identified as Indigenous on your application form, you'll automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous Admissions process if needed. If you're granted admission under this process, you will be asked to submit documentation to verify your Indigenous identity before registering for classes. Self-identification also allows us to support you through your admissions process, assist you with academic advising and referrals, and provide you with updates about our many cultural and social activities.

See our Indigenous Admissions Process

Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

More information about Diverse Qualifications

Important dates and deadlines

Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Practicum experience - Opportunity to gain hands-on career related expereinces in a professional setting.

Kate W.(BN'12) says the Faculty of Nursing was a great environment in which to become a well-rounded student. "I gained experience as a student leader, helping to build my confidence in conflict resolution, seeing the bigger picture and finding innovative solutions, important aspects of my nursing practice. I was taught to continue learning independently. Definitely one of the most important lessons I learned at UCalgary was to be excited to continue learning for the rest of my career."

Inspiring nursing leadership

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Award-winning instructor Cydnee Seneviratne, associate dean practice education, enjoys learning from her students. "I believe it is important to be open to new ideas and thoughts brought forth by students about nursing practice and nursing issues. I also believe it is important to use my sense of humour to ensure that students enjoy what they are learning."

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Mackenzie Margetts is a high-intensity junkie whose goal in high school was to be a surgeon. But he changed his mind once he saw what a career in nursing offers. “I wanted what anyone wants in a career: respect, authority and money,” he says. “What I didn’t realize is that I can get it all in nursing and be ready to go after four years of university. Nursing requires critical thinking, hard work and stamina; you can’t be successful as a nursing student unless you are 100% committed, but it's a wonderful choice.”

Why choose nursing

Faculty Information

Faculty of Nursing
Professional Faculties, Room 1238
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.4636