The Faculty of Nursing is located in the Professional Faculties Building on the main campus of the University of Calgary. The Faculty houses a Clinical Simulation Learning Centre which is designed as an interactive environment to advance excellence in Nursing. Within it, the acquisition of knowledge and skills is facilitated through a variety of resources which link nursing education, practice and research.
Nursing is a practice based profession. Terms 1 and 2 consist of foundational courses alongside option courses which bring breadth to the BN Program. Nursing practice courses begin in Term 3. Each nursing practice course for Terms 3 through 7 consists of a combination of both on- and off-campus practice hours. Term 8, the final practicum, is a full-time preceptored consolidation course which transitions nursing students to practice as a Graduate Nurse (GN). Nursing practice courses take place in a variety of institutional and community settings, including rural and urban centres, with a variety of client populations. Students are expected to travel, at their own expense, to any nursing practice agency within commuting distance to Calgary. Examples of facilities and agencies utilized by the Faculty of Nursing include: Alberta Children's Hospital, Alexandra Community Health Centre, Calgary Correctional Centre, Calgary Health Services, Claresholm Hospital, Foothills Hospital, Home Care, High River Hospital, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview Hospital, Stoney Tribal Health Centre, Strathmore Public Health Unit, Wood's Homes. Many other community health agencies contribute in a variety of ways to the programs of the Faculty of Nursing. Out-of-region and international placements are arranged on an individual basis.