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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 Faculty of Nursing 4. Program Details 4.1 Bachelor of Nursing Program at the University of Calgary
4.1 Bachelor of Nursing Program at the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary offers an innovative Bachelor of Nursing degree to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of a nursing career in a changing health-care system. Throughout the program, students are provided with a sound theoretical base and supervised practice experience in a variety of nursing settings.

Course Requirements

Students are required to register according to the following schedule. Terms 1 and 2 (see "Nursing Program of Study" Table) are for students admitted to the Direct Entry Route (from High School). Students admitted to the Transfer and Degree-Holder Routes are exempt from completing these Terms; therefore, they commence the program in Term 3.

It is important to note that students will not be permitted to switch routes mid-program.

Nursing Program Routes

Direct Entry Students Transfer Students - September Entry Transfer Students - January Entry Degree-Holders - January Entry
Fall Term 1 Term 3




Winter Term 2 Term 4 Term 3 Term 3
Spring     Term 4 Term 4
Fall Term 3 Term 5 Term 5 Term 5
Winter Term 4 Term 6 Term 6 Term 6
Spring   Term 7


Term 7
Fall Term 5 Term 8 Term 7 Term 8
Winter Term 6   Term 8  
Fall Term 7        
Winter Term 8        

Nursing Program of Study

Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6 Term 7 Term 8
The Discipline and Profession of Nursing NURS 285 NURS 385 NURS 485 NURS 495 NURS 585  
The Science of Health NURS 287 NURS 387 NURS 487 NURS 497 NURS SR. OPTION  
Supporting Health  NURS 288 NURS 388 NURS 488 NURS 498 NURS SR. OPTION  

Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices

NURS 289 NURS 389 NURS 489 NURS 499 NURS 589 NURS 599

Nursing Program Routes

See "Nursing Program Routes Table".

Students in all three routes of the BN Program are required to complete the following program of study.

Nursing Program of Study

See "Nursing Program of Study Table".

Students admitted to the four-year program route must successfully complete all ten Term 1 and Term 2 courses as outlined under “Course Requirements” prior to commencement of Year 2 (Term 3), unless approved by the Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate).

Terms 1 and 2 consist of the following required courses:

Kinesiology 259
Academic Writing 303
Junior Arts Option (Suggestions: Psychology 200, 203 or Sociology 201)
Kinesiology 260
Junior Statistics Option (Statistics 205 recommended)
Philosophy Option (Philosophy 249, 259, 313 or 347 recommended)
Junior Open Option (Science option recommended)
Junior Open Option
Junior Open Option
Open Option

Other Requirements

Promotion from year to year is by recommendation of the Faculty of Nursing. For the purposes of promotion, Terms 1 and 2 are taken in Year 1; Terms 3 and 4 in Year 2; Terms 5 and 6 in Year 3, and Terms 7 and 8 in Year 4.

The minimum requirement is a grade point average of 2.00 in each of the first two years and 2.50 in each of the last two years. Refer to 3.4 Student Standing: Students Previously in Satisfactory Standing.

Program Regulations

Duration of Degree Program

Except with special permission of the Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate), the BN degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of initial registration in the program.

Transfer Credit

Students transferring from other institutions or faculties within the University are considered on an individual basis. However, students will be required to complete the equivalent of not fewer than ten courses, at least six of which must be Nursing courses taken as a BN student.

Nurse Registration Examinations

In order to be considered eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), BN students are required to complete the fourth year program requirements with a minimum 2.50 grade point average.